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Important Information for Entering First-Year Students



To accept our offer of admission, pay the nonrefundable $500 enrollment deposit with an electronic check or major credit card. To do so, visit this webpage. If you have questions about paying the deposit, please speak with an admissions counselor by emailing

[NOTE: While there is no convenience fee for e-check payments, there is a 2.7 percent convenience fee for credit card payments.]

To ensure your space in the fall 2021 class, the non-refundable enrollment deposit must be paid by May 1, 2021. Students who have not received financial aid by this deadline, and may need more time should contact an admissions counselor. You will be able to confirm receipt of your enrollment fee on your SPIRE admitted student page using your NetID and password. 

Important Information for Entering First Year Students

The University of Massachusetts Amherst prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, national origin, mental or physical disability, or veteran status in any aspect of the admission or treatment of students or in employment.

UMass Amherst electronically bills students. Spring semester bills are typically generated mid-December and due in mid-January, check the Bursar’s website for more information. You will receive an email in your UMass student email account letting you know when the bill is available to view on SPIRE. If someone else is helping to pay your bill, please set that person up as an authorized payer in the QuikPAY system. Learn more information about QuikPAY.

The Clery Act complies with federal regulations and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. A copy of the University of Massachusetts Annual Security Report is available online. A hard copy of the report may be obtained by contacting the UMass Amherst Police Department at 413-545-2125. This report includes crime statistics for the previous three years, as well as institutional policies on campus security.

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

On a limited, case-by-case basis, the University of Massachusetts Amherst will consider deferring admission decisions for students for significant extenuating circumstances, such as being called to active military duty or religious obligations. If you are not one of the few students granted a limited deferral, and are unable to attend at this time, but wish to enroll for a future term, you will need to file a new application and meet all requirements and deadlines for that term. If you believe you have extenuating circumstances, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

If you have a learning or other disability and would like more information on the services available to UMass Amherst students, contact the Office of Disability Services, 161 Whitmore Administration Building, 413-545-0892.

If you intend to apply for financial aid and have not already done so, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form immediately. FAFSA is the only application needed to determine eligibility for federal, state, and institutional funds. This form is available online. UMass Amherst’s FAFSA school code is 002221. To avoid delays in award processing, please ensure that the name and Social Security number on your admission application and FAFSA form match the name and number on your Social Security card.

To be considered for financial aid, file the FAFSA by March 1, the priority date for maximum consideration. Please monitor your “To Do List” in SPIRE self-service to determine whether there is additional information needed to establish your financial aid eligibility.

Massachusetts law requires college students to be immunized against several diseases. Updates will be posted to this page with more information about the immunization requirements for all students.

If you plan to attend UMass Amherst in Fall 2021, we invite you to Jump In to your college career this summer. Students who participate in Jump In will have an opportunity to get a jump on the fall semester and at the same time get comfortable at UMass Amherst.

Admission is contingent upon maintaining your current level of academic performance. It is your responsibility to notify the Admissions Office of any significant decline in academic performance or of any disciplinary/criminal history that occurs after your application. UMass Amherst reserves the right to rescind admission based on this information.

New Students Orientation activities are planned for throughout the spring, summer and fall. Learn more.

If you haven't already, arrange for UMass Amherst to receive a final official high school transcript with graduation date notation, which is required of all entering first-year students, before NSO. If you have completed AP exams or college coursework, request that an official score report or transcript be sent as well. Student-printed transcripts are not considered official.

Transcripts should be emailed to the Admissions Office. If it needs to be mailed the address is:

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