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Important Information for Entering First-Year & Transfer Students, Fall 2019


Intention to Enroll

To accept our offer of admission, pay the nonrefundable $500 enrollment fee with an electronic check or major credit card. To do so, visit If you have questions about paying the fee, please speak with an admissions counselor at (413) 545-0222.

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

International students should read important next steps.

To ensure your space in the fall 2019 class, the enrollment fee must be paid by May 1 (first-year students). Transfer students must pay the fee by June 1 or within two weeks of your admission. 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, (June 1 for transfer students) contact Financial Aid at 413-545-0801. 


For Enrolling Students


Advising and course registration occur at New Students Orientation (NSO) programs that are held in June and July. Once we have received and processed your enrollment fee and the registration site opens, you will be able to register online for your orientation session on the NSO website. In order to sign up for orientation, you will need your NetID and password. You will receive an email confirmation of your orientation session date shortly after completing your online registration. 

Before classes start, you will return to campus and participate in a number of welcome activities that take place over Labor Day weekend. You’ll participate in New Students Convocation, become familiar with campus, get to know your classmates, and take part in specific programs offered by our schools and colleges.


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 at 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.

Transfer students: If you completed your FAFSA for a previous college, you must request that your FAFSA information be sent to UMass Amherst, too.


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


First-year students:

You are required to live on campus unless you commute from home. In May, you will receive a housing information packet that includes information about the residence hall contract, roommate selection process, residential areas, and residential academic programs. You will have an opportunity to tour residential areas and to finalize housing selection during Summer New Students Orientation. Sign-up for Residential Academic Programs  will begin mid-May. Go to the New Students Orientation page to register.

Transfer students:

A variety of housing options are available for you. Visit Residential Life to learn more about on-campus housing, and the housing application process and deadlines.

On-campus housing is usually available for transfer applicants who submit their housing application on time. All students with fewer than 27 transferable semester credits are required to live on campus unless they commute from home or qualify for another housing exemption. Sophomores and juniors may choose to live either on or off campus. Family housing is offered on campus, but spaces are limited and a separate family housing application is required.


First-year students: 

Mail transcripts to Transcript Processing, UMass Amherst, 37 Mather Drive, Amherst, MA 01003.

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, by June 30, 2019. If you have completed AP exams or college coursework, request that an official score report or transcript be sent as well.

Transfer students:

Arrange for UMass Amherst to receive a final official transcript from the college you are currently attending, or most recently attended, so that your courses may be evaluated for transfer credits. If you have completed AP or CLEP exams, please request that an official score report be sent as well. You will find it helpful to bring your spring and summer course schedule or grade report to the New Students Orientation.

Mail transcripts to the address above or send them electronically through Parchment, National Clearinghouse, or eScrip-Safe. If needed for the electronic transcript request, please use the following email:


Transfer students will receive an email with a Preliminary Transfer Credit Evaluation after their notification of admission. A detailed Transfer Credit Evaluation is generally completed by the Registrar’s Office after receipt of your enrollment fee, prior to the New Students Orientation.


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.

Estimated Academic Year Costs 2019-20

For a full list of costs, visit

International students can learn the visa information and degree expense estimates.

For More Information 

Academic Majors

Admissions Office


Commonwealth Honors College

Financial Aid

Residential Life Student Services

New Students Orientation

Office of Parent Services

Visitor Center (Campus Tours)

Fall 2019 Calendar

  • Move-In Day: Friday, August 30
  • Welcome programming begins: August 31
  • First day of classes: Tuesday, September 3
  • Last day to add/drop classes: Monday, September 16
  • Last day of classes: Wednesday, December 11
  • Final Exams: December 13-19

Declining Our Offer of Admission

If you decide to decline our offer of admission, please visit 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.