The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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We have cancelled campus tours until further notice. Please visit our Virtual Experience page to find information you would have received during your on-campus visit.

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 or requesting a phonecall.

[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 2020 class, the non-refundable enrollment deposit must be paid by May 1, 2020. 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. 

NOTE: If you need to know your financial aid award and have not received this information by May 1, contact Financial Aid at 413-545-0801. 

Important Information for Enrolling Students

Orientation programs for students starting in the fall semester are held in the summer. Through orientation, you’ll learn about campus values & support resources, meet fellow students, participate in your advising appointment, and register for your fall semester classes. 

To best meet the needs of our incoming students while still maintaining recommended social distancing practices, we are now planning to replace the in person June and July orientation sessions with a phased orientation model that combines remote academic advising & course registration, an expanded online orientation course, and more programming during Fall Welcome. Students can register for orientation on the NSO website.

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.

UMass Amherst electronically bills students. Your bill will be posted to the finances section of SPIRE self-service in mid-July, with payment due in mid-August. 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.

You are required to live on campus unless you commute from home. You will receive a housing information packet that includes information about the residence hall contract, roommate selection process, and residential areas. You can find more information about our residential areas and the preference application on our website.

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

Please look for an email from the International Programs Office (IPO) with subject line: “UMass Amherst Visa Sponsorship”— it will include the information below as well as other important details. Please do not submit documents to request your I-20 until you receive the email.

Applying for a student visa can take a lot of time and preparation. Be sure to start early! Upon receipt of the necessary documents and payment your enrollment fee, we will send you the I-20 form. This is the form that U.S. schools issue to international students to indicate they have met all admission requirements to enter that school. You must take this form with you when you apply to the American Embassy or Consulate for a visa.

If you are already in the U.S. on a F-1 visa status, your UMass Amherst I20 can only be issued after you submit the required documents and complete the SEVIS transfer release process with your previous F-1 visa sponsor. Additional documentation is required and will be provided in your “Visa Sponsorship” email.

Please find additional Information for Admitted International students here.

Massachusetts law requires college students to be immunized against several diseases. Please see this page for more information about the immunization requirements for all students.

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.

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.

For a full list of costs, visit the Bursar's website. Please note that actual tuition amounts depend on the annual state budget and will be determined by mid-2020.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst does not defer admission decisions for students who are unable to attend during the admitted entering term indicated on your offer letter. If you 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 decide to decline our offer of admission, please visit this page and select “I would like to decline my offer of admission.”

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.

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.