International Admissions Requirements
Thank you for your interest in UMass Amherst. Admission to the first-year class is selective and is contingent upon successful completion of required high school courses at a level consistent with the university’s admissions standards. When you apply, we consider everything we learn about you from your application and decisions are never based on any single factor. You can help us get to know you by submitting the required items outlined below. We use a holistic review process to select students who will benefit from the UMass Amherst academic environment and enrich the entire student body.
- A complete Common Application (including the UMass questions)
- Official high school transcript (grades 9-11) or Secondary School Exams
- Official transcripts for all completed college coursework (if applicable)
- Letter of recommendation
- Application fee of $85 (unable to waive)
- English Language Proficiency Requirements
- (Optional) SAT and/or ACT scores
Please refer to our test-optional policy page for more information
Applicants to the Architecture, Art, Dance, and Music majors are encouraged to contact the appropriate department and apply as early as possible to allow enough time for an audition or portfolio review. Students must have their admission application on file with Undergraduate Admissions before major-specific requirements or portfolio reviews will be scheduled.
UMass Amherst seeks to admit students who will contribute fully to campus life, inside and outside the classroom. Therefore, all non-native speakers of English must demonstrate English language proficiency. Learn more about the various ways to satisfy this requirement.
Home-schooled applicants are required to submit all of the application materials required for first-year applicants, including a personal statement, and a transcript. It is understood that the transcript of a home-schooled student may differ from that of a traditional high school student. Regardless of the format, a transcript should include all 9th to 12th grade courses (including those in progress) and the timeframe of each course (academic year and semester). In addition, an assessment of performance (a letter grade, percentage, narrative assessment, etc.) is needed. Occasionally, applicants are asked to submit additional information describing the curriculum and/or texts used.
Home-schooled applicants, who are in an approved curriculum, are not required to submit a standardized test score. Learn more about our test-optional policy.
Home-schooled students who are admitted are required to provide the university with proof of graduation in one of the following ways:
- An official final transcript from the local school district.
- An official final transcript from a home-school association or agency.
- An official GED/HiSET score report. (Not required for Fall 2021 entering students).
- An official college transcript(s) showing successful completion of 27 college credits
Home-schooled students who have completed AP exams and/or college coursework must request that those official score reports and transcripts be sent directly to the Admissions Office.
If you have questions, please contact us.