The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Admitted Transfer Student FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are transferring in as a sophomore, junior or senior you are not required to live on campus. If you are transferring in as a first-year student then you may be required to live on campus. Please see the following link for requirements for living on campus:

Yes. Your offer of admission is contingent on successful completion of all courses in progress or planned prior to your entry to UMass Amherst.

Official high school transcripts can be submitted via email to

All post-secondary institution transcripts (community colleges, other colleges, etc.) must be sent to us electronically through one of the following services:  National Clearinghouse, E-Script Safe, or Parchment.

If a high school or post-secondary transcript needs to be mailed, the address is:

UMass Amherst Undergraduate Admissions Office
Mather Building
37 Mather Drive
Amherst, MA 01003

Yes. Once your grades have closed for the current semester we will need your final college transcript before classes begin. 

If you decide to decline our offer of admission, please follow this link and select “I would like to decline my offer of admission.”

The following link has information about off campus housing options and resources:

About three to four weeks after acceptance your official Transfer Credit Evaluation will be posted to your SPIRE account under Academics > Transfer Credit. 

Your advisor will be assigned to you on your SPIRE account on the ‘Student Center’ tab in the fall.


Housing forms will be available on your SPIRE account on June 1, provided you have already submitted your enrollment fee. Students can fill out their Housing Preference Application between June 1 and July 22. Please see the following link for more information about housing:

Complete the “Your Decision” form on your student status page and submit your $500.00 enrollment fee. Once these are completed you will be confirmed for the upcoming semester.

Each department has their own requirements or prerequisites. We recommend looking at the department’s website to see what their requirements are for current students to change to that major. Some may only require a change of major form, while more selective programs may have additional requirements.

Welcome!  Each year we admit students from over 70 countries around the world.  Please see our checklist for admitted international students.  Also, our International Programs Office works with international students throughout their academic careers, assisting with initial immigration advising and documentation, orientation, and ongoing advising and counseling.

Please check our Bursar’s Office website for the current tuition and fee schedule.  For an estimation of the tuition and fees, please see our Financial Aid Services website.

Once you have submitted the “your decision” form and your enrollment fee you will be able to register for New Students Orientation (NSO). At NSO you will work with an advisor to register for your courses for the upcoming semester. Registration for NSO usually opens in late spring.

After all college courses are completed, please have the official transcripts sent to us directly from the college. If the courses are transferable, then the credit hours and grades will be added to your UMass Amherst record once you start attending classes in the fall. Student-printed transcripts are not considered official.

To ensure your space in the fall 2021 class, the nonrefundable enrollment deposit must be paid by June 1 or by the deadline indicated on your acceptance letter

Students can receive credit through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Dantes Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), and International A Level examinations.  Strong scores may allow for a course waiver or course credit.  All scores MUST be sent to the Office of Admissions directly from the testing agency.  It is also helpful to have a copy of your test scores on hand when first meeting with an academic advisor. This will let academic advisors know what credits you have earned.

Visit the Registrar's website for more information about transferring credit.