Applying to UMass Amherst

​How to Apply:

  • Fill out our NEW online Mass Transfer application.
  • The online MassTransfer application must be completed in one sitting. You will not be able to save any content you’ve entered if you stop before you finish. Please plan ahead! In addition to standard contact information, you will need to provide the following:

    • Visa type, if you are an international student
    • Enrollment dates (month/year) for all colleges attended
    • Current courses, if any (title, course number, semester/year, number of credits)
    • Actual or expected date (month/year) of graduation with associate degree
    • Your social security number (if applying for financial aid)
    • Parent/legal guardian contact info including first month/year of residency in MA, if applicable
    • Confirmation of Massachusetts residency status, if applicable

MassTransfer Application Deadlines:

Fall Semester - March 1 (priority deadline), April 15 (final deadline and credentials deadline)

Spring Semester - October 15 (applications and credentials)

Required Materials for an Application:

  • Transcripts: Request from all the colleges/universities you have attended that an official transcript be sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions regardless of whether credits are desired. Electronic transcripts submitted through eSCRIP-SAFE, Parchment, and National Student Clearinghouse are acceptable. Photocopies, emailed transcripts, and student copies are not considered acceptable.
  • Resume/Gap Explanation: If there have been gaps in your educational history since graduating from high school, submit a resume or gap explanation detailing your employment or other activites during your educational gaps.
  • Transfer Disciplinary Report: If you have attended a residential two- or four-year college/university, you may be asked to submit a transfer disciplinary report signed by the Dean of Students Office at the institution.

Note: Other materials may be requested after an initial review of your application. Some examples include a midterm grade report, an alternate major, or a final grade report.

Former UMass Amherst degree-seeking students and students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree may not use the MassTransfer application. Former UMass Amherst degree-seeking students may instead file an application for readmission through the UMass Amherst Registrar’s Office. Post graduate second bachelor's degree students should contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information about eligibility and the application process. If you plan to enroll in the Continuing Education (CPE) program or University Without Walls (online degree program), you must use a different application form, available on their websites.

Applying for Financial Aid:

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the only application used to apply for financial aid at UMass Amherst. The FAFSA should be filed as soon after October 1 as possible and before the priority date of March 1 for maximum consideration. In completing the application, be sure to list UMass Amherst as one of the schools on your FAFSA form. The school code is 002221. Please visit this website for more information about cost and financial aid.


If you complete an approved MassTransfer associate degree program with a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA, you may be guaranteed admission to UMass Amherst through MassTransfer, as long as you apply by the published application deadlines(above) and also submit required materials upon request.  Late applications will also be processed without guarantee on a space-available basis. 

Exception: Students who do not have good academic, fiscal, disciplinary status at all previously attended colleges, and/or criminal history may not be guaranteed MassTransfer benefits.

Note: All entering students are required to declare a major and then be admissible to that major in order to be accepted to UMass Amherst.

To determine which associate degree programs qualify for MassTransfer, visit the MassTransfer Website.

Note: Some UMass Amherst majors may require a higher GPA and/or prerequisite coursework. For more information, look up your MassTransfer associate degree program and how it works with UMass Amherst majors on the MassTransfer Web site.

Transfer Credits:

If you graduate with an associate's degree in an approved MassTransfer program, you are guaranteed a minimum of 60 semester transfer credits. Please note that AP and/or CLEP credits used for the associate degree may not be applied towards the UMass Amherst degree until we receive official score reports.