At UMass Amherst, we are committed to reducing barriers caused by COVID-19 disruptions for students who plan to apply for admission. Therefore, beginning with the spring 2021 term, and continuing for each spring and fall term through spring 2023, we are making standardized tests optional for first-year entering applicants. During this time, UMass Amherst will review applications with or without standardized test scores. Students who have taken the SAT/ACT exams are welcome to send their scores.
One of our core values is a commitment to practice individualized, holistic undergraduate admissions, and we will continue to review all parts of the application, especially in the context of the unprecedented academic disruptions students are experiencing. The test-optional approach at UMass Amherst applies to all majors. As we always have, we will continue to consider the rigor of students’ high school coursework in our assessment, especially for courses that apply most directly to the applicant’s intended major.
As one of the country’s top-25 public research universities, we look forward to using the test-optional approach during this period to continue to learn about the relationship between high school grades and standardized test scores, and to develop better models for predicting student success. Finding the best fit for our applicants and getting students through to their degree as efficiently and effectively as possible continues to be a significant part of our mission.
Below are frequently asked questions regarding this policy change. If you have additional questions, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-545-0222.