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Application Information & Procedures

To Apply

Apply through the Common Application, unless you are in one of the groups listed at the right.

In Completing your Application please be mindful of the following sections:

Name. Use your full legal name on all documents. Use this same full legal name on all of your application materials (including test scores).  For U.S. citizens, this should be the name listed on your Social Security card.

Social Security Number. If you intend to apply for financial aid, please enter your Social Security number accurately on your application.  An omission or error will delay processing of your financial aid award.

Accurate mail and email addresses. Confirm that your mail address is correct and provide an email address that you will check frequently. Don’t forget to notify us if your mail or email address changes. Please add mail@admissions.umass.edu to your address book so that important emails from us do not go to your spam folder.

Ethnicity. Providing this optional information on your ethnic background will assist the university in complying with state and federal laws and reporting requirements.

Selecting a major. Browse our list of majors. You have the option of selecting both a first- and second-choice major, however, the second choice major must be different from the first.

  • Freshman: Should space limitations or your academic background preclude admission to your choice of major(s), you may be considered for our Exploratory Track Program. You can also apply to an Exploratory Track if you are undecided about a major.
  • Transfer:  All transfer students are required to declare a major and then be admissible to that major in order to be accepted to UMass Amherst.

Essay. This is a required part of the application. Take your time writing your essay. Get feedback from your parents, a favorite teacher, or your school counselor. Proofread it carefully. We want to know something about you.  This is an ideal opportunity to provide further information not apparent in your transcripts and other materials.

Gap Explanation.  If you have not been enrolled in college coursework for one or more semesters after high school graduation, please provide an explanation about the reason for the gap/s in your education.  This may take the form of a resume, a list of activities, or an essay.

Disciplinary/Criminal History. All applicants are required to provide responses to questions about their disciplinary and criminal history.  Students who, after reviewing the exceptions set forth below, respond “yes” to the criminal history question will be asked to provide information about the location and approximate date of each applicable incident and the circumstances. Students may also be required to produce additional information and be subject to a criminal record check.  Applications which do not include a student’s explanation and/or all additional requested information will be considered incomplete and treated accordingly.

(Note: You are not required to answer “yes” to the criminal history question if the criminal adjudication or conviction: (1) has been expunged, sealed, annulled, pardoned, destroyed, erased, impounded, or otherwise ordered by a court to be kept confidential; (2) was a first conviction for misdemeanor drunkenness, simple assault, speeding, minor traffic violations, or disturbance of the peace; or (3) any conviction of a misdemeanor where the conviction occurred more than five years prior to the date of this application, unless you were sentenced to imprisonment upon conviction of the misdemeanor, or you have been convicted of another criminal offense within the five-year period.)

Application Fee. Pay the nonrefundable $80 application fee online through the common application process. 

Transcripts

  • Freshman: Request that your high school send or transmit the Common Application School Report and an official transcript directly to Undergraduate Admissions. Transcripts for grades 9-11 must be issued from the high school in which you completed junior year and must include a listing of all high school courses and grades.
  • Transfer: Request that all the colleges/universities you have attended send an official transcript directly to Undergraduate Admissions (whether or not credit is desired). Photocopies, student copies, emailed electronic college transcripts are not acceptable. If you apply during your first year of college studies after high school graduation, or from colleges with non-standard grading systems, you must also submit official high school transcripts.

Test Scores: We require either the SAT or ACT.  We will accept both redesigned and old SAT results.  The SAT essay and ACT writing component are recommended, though not required.  All scores must be sent directly from 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. Test scores are not required for students who have been out of high school for five or more years.

  • Freshman: Standardized test scores (SAT I and/or ACT) are required for admission.
  • Transfer: Standardized test scores (SAT I and/or ACT) are required only for transfer applicants who apply during their first year of college studies after high school graduation and those who are coming from colleges that use non-standard grading methods.

International: Applicants who are non-native speakers of English are required to demonstrate their English language proficiency.  Please see the International Application Procedures.

Letter(s) of Recommendation:

  • Freshman require at least one academic letter of recommendation.
  • Transfer Are not required to submit letters of recommendation.

Common Application Transfer College Report or the Transfer Disciplinary Report: Transfer applicants must submit either the Common Application Transfer College Report or the UMass Amherst Transfer Disciplinary Report from every four-year college and residential college previously attended. The form must be completed by the Dean of Students or judiciary office at the institution and that office must send it directly to Undergraduate Admissions

Avoid submitting unnecessary materials: Please do not send non-required supporting documents or items such as photographs, recordings, writing samples, awards or commendations, etc.. If you would like us to know about a relevant activity, talent or award, please include that information in your essay.

Architecture, Art, Dance, and Music Majors

Architecture, art, dance, and music majors should file an admission application with the Admissions Office early to facilitate the audition or portfolio review process. See Special Requirements for Selected Majors for more information.

Submit your Application

Once you have submitted your application, please allow 7-10 days for it to be received and processed (note that it may take longer than 7-10 days if your application is submitted close to our busiest deadlines or if you submit a paper application).

Checking Your Admissions Application Status

It is important that you check the status of your application regularly. To help you with this, the Information Technology (IT) office provides you with a university computing account, which gives you the ability to check the status of your application online, verify personal information, and identify any missing credentials. Note that UMass Amherst is no longer mailing admissions decisions all decisions will be found online.

Approximately 2-3 weeks after you submit your application, IT sends an email to the email address you provided on your application. The email from IT will include your NetID and a temporary password. (Note that this email may be delayed slightly during our busiest periods.) You are instructed to use your NetID and temporary password to activate your IT account.

  1. I know my NetID and password and my IT account is active
    1. You are ready to log into SPIRE.
       
  2. I know my NetID and password but have not activated my IT account.
    1. Go to SPIRE.
    2. Click on "Activate Your Account" on the right side of the page
    3. Fill in the required information
       
  3. I do NOT know my NetID and/or password. If you do not recall receiving an email, please check your email spam folder. If you cannot locate the email or if you have forgotten your password.
    1. Go to SPIRE
    2. Click on "Password and NetID Help."
    3. Fill in the required information.
    4. Watch for an email from IT that will include your NetID and a new temporary password. This will be sent to the email address we have on file for you.

If you have any questions about your IT account, please contact the IT Help Center at 413-545-9400. If you have general questions related to the admissions process, please call Undergraduate Admissions at 413-545-0222.