Is the EPP right for you?

Are you someone who isn’t sure if college is right for you, or want a flexible part-time online option to start your college experience?  The Exploratory Pathways Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst provides students the opportunity to explore college part-time and online.  While enrolled in the EPP, you’ll take general education requirements and learn about the degree path that right for you. 

Admission Requirements   

Admission to the Exploratory Pathways Program is contingent upon successful completion of required high school courses at a level consistent with the university’s admissions standards. The primary criteria for admission are the high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores. Other criteria, including the level of academic challenge, extracurricular activities, work, etc., are also considered.

Required Materials

  • A completed application form (available November 1)
  • Essay (in about 200 words, describe how your experiences have led you to apply to the UWW-Exploratory Pathways Program and which path you are most interested in pursuing, and why?)
  • Resume
  • Official high school transcript
  • Official college transcript(s) (if applicable)
  • SAT I and/or ACT scores sent electronically by the testing agency.*
  • Application fee of $75

*Students must take either the SAT or ACT. UMass Amherst neither requires nor recommends the optional SAT essay. All scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. The UMass Amherst SAT code is 3917 and the ACT code is 1924. We are unable to process “rush” test score reports. Test scores are not required for students who have been out of high school for three or more years or for students who have 27 or more college level credits.  Learning-disabled Massachusetts residents who submit documentation of disability are eligible for exemption from the standardized test score requirement. A letter is required from the high school guidance counselor confirming that the student has a diagnosed learning disability.

High School Unit Requirements

The following minimum subject matter requirements must be met:

  • English: 4 units
  • Mathematics (Algebra II minimum): 4 units, including math in the senior year of high school
  • Natural Science (3 labs): 3 units
  • Social Science (one course in US history): 2 units
  • Foreign Language: 2 units of same language
  • Electives (from areas above, arts and humanities, or computer science): 2 units

Application Deadlines

  • Spring 2020 – December 1
  • Summer 2020 – March 1
  • Fall 2020 – April 15

Admissions FAQs

When will I find out if I'm accepted?

Admissions are done on a rolling basis. Completed files will be reviewed and decided upon on a first come, first serve basis for each term. Decision letters are sent out as decisions are determined.

Can I receive transfer credit for previous college coursework?

Transfer credit is generally awarded if your previous coursework is comparable in content and scope to courses offered by UMass Amherst and you earned a grade of C- (1.7) or higher in the course.  Students must submit official transcripts with their application to be evaluated during the admission process. 

What qualifies as an official transcript?

An official transcript is sent directly from the issuing institution to UMass Amherst.  Can be sent via postal mail or electronically. 

Can I receive credit for examinations?

Students may receive credit through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Level (A-Level), and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP).  To receive credit, students will be required to submit official documentation of these credentials if accepted to the university.

English isn't my first language. How do I meet the English Language Proficiency requirement?

You must demonstrate English Language Proficiency through one of the following exams:

  • Minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 80 (internet-based)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or higher
  • For applicants from Puerto Rico, a PAA English score of 600 or higher

Applicants may request an ESL exam exemption if they have completed two non-ESL English composition course with grades of B or better and additional coursework in the humanities and social sciences with grades of B or better.  NOTE: Exemption from the ESL exam requirement is not automatic but is based on a complete review of the applicant’s academic history. 

TOEFL/IELTS scores expire 2 years after test date.  

The Institutional code for UMass Amherst is 3917. 

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