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Undergraduate Admissions

Admitted First-Year Students

Congratulations and Welcome to the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Ready to Enroll?

To accept our offer of admission, pay the nonrefundable $500 enrollment deposit with an electronic check or major credit card by May 15.* 

If you have questions about paying the fee, please speak with an admissions counselor by emailing

*While there is no convenience fee for e-check payments, there is a 2.7 percent convenience fee for credit card payments.

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.

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 you attend Advising & Course Registration over the summer. 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

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 as soon as possible. Please monitor your “To Do List” in SPIRE self-service to determine whether there is additional information needed to establish your financial aid eligibility.

For a full list of costs, visit the Undergraduate Costs webpage.

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 about QuikPAY.

SPIRE is our student information system, and every UMass Amherst student has a SPIRE account. If you haven't already, please check below for your SPIRE ID and NetID credentials. 

Once you’ve committed to UMass and attended our New Student Orientation & Transitions program, you’ll use SPIRE to register for classes, choose your housing assignment and meal plan, view and pay your university bill, and much more. 

Information about university costs, financial aid (if applicable), and the university’s course catalog will be added to your SPIRE account.


The image below shows what students might see when they log into their Student Center via SPIRE.

SPIRE page example

Once your enrollment deposit is processed, your next steps are centered around your New Student Experience (NSE). Your New Student Experience includes all of the onboarding tasks and transformational activities you’ll complete as a part of joining our vibrant community. New Student Orientation & Transitions (NSOT) facilitates three of these components: Guide to the U, Ready for the U, and Welcome to the U.

Students starting in the fall semester will gain access to Guide to the U on April 1. On May 1 you’ll be able to register for Ready for the U. Welcome to the U begins in September upon your arrival to campus. The best way to keep up with everything is to make it a habit to check your UMass email account daily for updates and to-dos.

Students starting in the spring semester will be able to sign up for new student programming starting in December. 

Visit the NSOT website to learn more about your New Student Experience.

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 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.

On a limited, case-by-case basis, the University of Massachusetts Amherst will consider deferring admission decisions for students for documented 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. Please see our deferral policy for more information.

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