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FAQ about the COVID-19 Situation

Information for First-Year Students

The Registrar is accepting credit as usual for Advanced Placement (AP) and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams. 

At this time, our office is still in discussion about how a pass/fail grading system might affect our admissions process. It is an important topic that we are considering thoughtfully, with a student-centered approach, and we are working to develop fair and reasonable measures for evaluating students' academic performance and progress during under these unusual circumstances.

We would never hold a pass/fail system against a student in the admissions process, and it likely will not have any negative impact on admitted students as long as they pass their required/core classes. 

UMass Amherst will follow our normal process of applying credit and course equivalency (if appropriate) to AP exams if the student provides results of the AP exam taken in spring of 2020 and receives the required score to award credit for a particular exam. Please visit the University Registrar's website for more informations about AP test scores for spring 2020.

Information for Transfer Students

We will honor and transfer in Pass grades for all courses that would normally transfer, without negative impact on admission, transfer credit, or degree requirements.

Some students may be asked to provide mid-term grades for this semester.  When possible, you can simply upload a screen shot of your mid-term grades to your student status page. If your institution does not provide mid-term grades in the student system, please ask your professors email the mid-term grade to

We may also ask for a disciplinary report. The report is only required from four-year schools, so not all students need to provide us with one. If needed, we’ll add this request to your checklist, along with the school from which we need the form, on your student status page. Once that is added, it is directly linked to our Transfer Disciplinary Report which has been converted to a fillable pdf. It can then be emailed to the appropriate office at your previous four-year institution.  

We are working with students who have challenges in getting us any required materials needed to review their application on a case by case basis. If any students are having trouble getting materials, please have them reach out to us directly.

Information for International First-Year Students

If you have a valid F-1 visa stamp you may arrive no earlier than 30-days from the program starting date indicated on your I-20 or DS-2019 form. However, arranging a flight to the U.S. may be difficult. Please consult this page at the International Programs Office (IPO).

The UMass International Programs Office (IPO) continues to process I-20s for incoming international students. However, please consult this page or email the IPO ( for any I-20 related requests.

We advise you to have a UMass Amherst I-20 form in hand, so you can apply for a student visa (F-1) as soon as the visa service resumes in your country. We continue to work on plans to accommodate students who are unable to receive a student visa in a timely manner. Please continue to monitor the U.S. consular website in your local area.

Please refer to the recent email entitled, "Updates on Fall Planning 2020." You may defer for one semester (Fall 2020) only. However, if you are unable to come to campus in January 2021 or decline to enroll remotely, you will need to reapply for fall 2021. Please carefully read the details of the email. The deadline to submit a request for a deferral is July 31, 2020.

All admitted students who are Canadian citizens need only an I-20 form, not a visa stamp. The current Canadian border closings still allow educational admissions as “essential.”

Yes. You have to submit the nonrefundable enrollment deposit by May 1, 2020 to secure your spot at UMass Amherst, whether you start online or defer to January 2021.

Please refer to the recent email entitled, "Updates on Fall Planning 2020." You may defer for one semester (Fall 2021) only. However, if you are unable to come to campus in January 2021 or decline to enroll remotely, you will need to reapply for fall 2021. Please carefully read the details of the email.


Yes. Since first-year students are guaranteed on-campus housing, we will have a place for you to live, even if you start in a later semester.

If you must defer until spring semester 2021, the spring portion of your Chancellor’s Award will begin at that time. If you begin remotely in either part-time or full-time status, your award will be prorated to its appropriate value. Please see this FAQ for more information about financial awards.

Don’t worry. We will accommodate your situation to ensure your enrollment at UMass Amherst will not be interrupted.

We require students to submit an official final high school transcript (with graduation certification) to the Undergraduate Admissions Office prior to beginning UMass Amherst courses.

Please know that any cancellation/postponement of secondary examinations will not impact your enrollment at UMass Amherst, as long as your school counselor is able to submit your internal final transcript with graduation certification. If you are following CBSE or CISCE, or other Indian state board examination, you may submit the Class XII certificate once it becomes available.

However, in order to receive credit through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Level (A-Level), and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), you will still need to request that official results be sent from the testing agency directly to the UMass Amherst Registrar as soon as they are available. (See this website for more information on receiving credit by examination.)

We are aware of the postponed A Level exams in June, and this will not impact your admission or enrollment at UMass Amherst. Your school counselor will submit the final high school transcript. If you choose, you can sit for the exams in November in order to be considered for transfer credits.

Information for International Students with Current F-1 Visa Status

You should plan in advance for all possible contingencies and the distinct possibility that you will not be able to return to the U.S. Please consult this page or email the IPO ( for any travel related requests.

Please contact Residential Life Student Services for any and all housing related questions. Email at or phone 1-413-545-2100.

If you currently hold a valid F-1 visa, you do not need to apply for a new visa. However, you will need to have an updated I-20 form issued by UMass Amherst. Please contact the UMass International Programs Office (IPO) at to learn what is required for your SEVIS record transfer to UMass Amherst. The university has been working on several plans to accommodate international students who are currently in the U.S. Please consult this page at the International Programs Office (IPO).