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Transfer Admissions Requirements

The primary criterion for transfer admission is the quality of your academic record. Other factors include the number of transfer credits, prerequisite coursework, type of completed courses, consistency of grades, and available space. Successful applicants are expected to have a 2.7 or higher minimum overall GPA in full-time academic college coursework across a range of disciplines, as well as recent enrollment with a 2.7 or higher minimum GPA in full-time academic coursework across a range of disciplines. However, meeting the minimum criteria is no guarantee of admission, since the university considers a variety of factors (including disciplinary and criminal history) in predicting the academic success of applicants and in making admission decisions.

Prior to enrollment, all transfer applicants must have completed a college-level non-ESL composition course which fulfills the UMass Amherst writing requirement (exceptions may be made for students enrolled at foreign universities). All transfer students entering as juniors are also required to declare a major and then be admissible to that major in order to be accepted to UMass Amherst.

Priority consideration for admission is given to Massachusetts community college graduates who participate in the Joint Admissions or MassTransfer programs.

Required Materials for Regular Transfer Applicants

A complete application includes the following material:

  • A complete Common Application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (whether or not credit is desired). These must be sent as soon as possible after the application deadline.
  • Applicants who have fewer than 27 completed semester credits and those from colleges with non-standard grading systems must submit official high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores.*
    Test scores are not required for students who have been out of high school for five or more years. SAT/ACT scores should be sent electronically by the testing agency. The UMass Amherst SAT code is 3917 and the ACT code is 1924. We are unable to process “rush” test score reports.
  • Application fee of $75 (or approved fee waiver)
  • Common Application Transfer Registrar Report or UMass Amherst Transfer Disciplinary Report

*Learning-disabled Massachusetts residents who submit documentation of disability are eligible for exemption from the standardized test score requirement. Documentation includes a copy of either the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Section 504 plan OR a letter from the high school guidance counselor confirming that the student has a diagnosed learning disability.

Joint Admissions / Mass Transfer

Joint Admissions Graduates

If you complete an approved Joint Admissions associate degree program with a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA, and you are in good academic, financial, and disciplinary status at all previously attended colleges, you are guaranteed admission to UMass Amherst through the Joint Admissions program. Students who are not in good academic, financial, and/or disciplinary status at all previously attended colleges and/or who have a criminal history may not be guaranteed Joint Admissions benefits.

MassTransfer Graduates

If you complete an approved MassTransfer associate degree program with a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA, and you are in good academic, financial, and disciplinary status at all previously attended colleges, you are guaranteed admission to UMass Amherst through MassTransfer. Students who are not in good academic, financial, and/or disciplinary status at all previously attended colleges and/or who have a criminal history may not be guaranteed MassTransfer benefits.

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. 

Architecture, Art, Dance and Music Majors

Applicants to the Architecture, Art, Dance and Music majors are encouraged to contact the appropriate department and apply as early as possible to allow enough time for an audition or portfolio review.  Students must have their admission application on file with Undergraduate Admissions before auditions or portfolio reviews will be scheduled.

English Proficiency Test Requirements

All applicants who are not native speakers of English are required to demonstrate their English language proficiency in one of the following ways:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS. Official copies of scores must be submitted. For the TOEFL, a minimum score of 80 or better on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) or 213 or better on the computer-based TOEFL is required, although achieving this score does not guarantee admission. An IELTS score of 6.5 or higher is also acceptable.

Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA): Applicants applying directly from Puerto Rico may take the TOEFL or the PAA and must submit official score reports.

TOEFL/IELTS Exemption: Applicants with strong SAT/ACT scores may receive a TOEFL/IELTS waiver.

If you are a transfer applicant currently studying in U.S. colleges who has completed two non-ESL English composition courses with grades of B or better you may be exempt from the TOEFL requirement. This exemption is not automatic, but is based upon a review of your complete academic history, which must include above-average performance in several humanities and social science courses.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

International students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must submit the following as part of the application process:

  • Official transcripts showing all secondary (high school) and post-secondary (if applicable) coursework, with official translations.
    Note: Attested or notarized copies of original foreign transcripts are permitted for the admission decision; however, if admitted, the student must present the original document(s) upon request.
  • Proof of English language proficiency (see requirements above)
  • Application fee (fee waivers are not accepted)
  • Official bank statement
  • Sponsor statement of financial support

Interchange Transfer

Enrolled degree-seeking students at UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, or UMass Lowell may apply to UMass Amherst under the Interchange Transfer program. To be eligible, you must have completed 12-15 full-time credits with a 2.5 or better cumulative grade point average, and be currently enrolled in 12-15 credit hours. Students who are not in good academic, financial, and/or disciplinary status at all previously attended colleges and/or who have a criminal history may not be eligible for Interchange Transfer benefits. If you meet these eligibility requirements, no application fee is required.

Note: Applicants from the Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell campuses who are special non-degree students must apply as transfer students and, therefore, must submit all fees and other application materials.

Post-Graduate Second Bachelor’s Degree

Some UMass Amherst majors are not available to post-graduate second bachelor's degree students. Please contact the Admissions Office to determine availability and to request a special application form. Applications are submitted to the Admissions Office and are reviewed in consultation with the major department.

Students and graduates of UMass Amherst who wish to earn a second bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 30 additional credits, all of which must be in residence. 

Graduates of other institutions who wish to earn a second bachelor’s degree at UMass Amherst must complete a minimum of 45 credits in residence at the Amherst campus.