A Vision of Revolutionary Flexibility
UMass Amherst is dedicated to providing students with a dynamic learning environment that adapts to their evolving needs. The UMass Flex initiative is our multi-year plan that empowers students to transition seamlessly between various modes of learning.
We are committed to ensuring that every student has the freedom to tailor their academic experience for maximum personal and professional growth.
What is UMass Flex?
UMass Flex is anything that extends beyond the traditional, on-campus student experience. As a UMass Amherst student, you can enroll in UMass Flex programming and courses that expand the traditional full-time, on-campus UMass Amherst experience by offering alternative learning modes and locations. UMass Flex options include alternative learning modes (online) and locations (e.g. Greater Boston, UMass Abroad). UMass Flex options are student-centered, inclusive, and accessible to students at various stages of their academic journey.
Designing accessible courses benefits everyone. Virtual classes and automatic captions enhance my understanding. These digital technologies provide more equal educational and social opportunities for students like me at UMass Amherst.
Saffron Turner '24, an autistic undergraduate student, shares how UMass Flex-enabled classes allowed them to access more opportunities at the UMass Amherst.
Can UMass Flex help me achieve my goals?
Absolutely! UMass Flex aims to provide a personalized learning experience, allowing you to progress at your own pace. It is ideal for learners who have varying schedules, commitments, or learning speeds. By offering a wide range of courses across many degree programs, UMass Flex aims to support your educational and career objectives, whatever they may be.
Does it benefit me to have access to the Amherst campus?
Access to the UMass Amherst campus can significantly enhance your learning experience. It allows you to utilize campus facilities, participate in in-person events, and engage with the community. This access combines the best of both worlds — the flexibility of online learning with the tangible benefits of a traditional campus environment.
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