Important Dates

Here are a few important dates that parents should know about along with other campus events. For a complete listing of events and academic calendar at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as well as the other four colleges in the area, please visit the links below.


August 6 - Fall housing assignments posted on SPIRE
August 10 - Bills due for Fall 2021; first installment due for the UPay Payment Plan
August 11-August 18 -  Students can view or make Move-In Reservation on SPIRE.
August 27 - Last day to complete AlcoholEdu and YIS: Your Intervention Strategies (new students only)
August 27 - Move-In day for first year students
August 28 - Move-In day for transfer students
August 28 – September 6: Fall Welcome for new students


September - 1: First day of classes
September 8 - Last day to add/drop any class with no record; waive the Student Health Benefit Plan; and change meal plan for the fall semester. Aid adjustments for any student whose enrollment does not match their approved academic load start this week and continue through October typically (e.g. full time aid but enrolled in less than 12 credits).
September 15 - Bills available online for any unpaid items and new charges. Students and Authorized Payers are notified by email.


October 1 - FAFSA application available to complete for the 2022-2023 academic year
October 1-3 - Family Weekend 2021
October 12 - Unpaid tuition balances are due.
October 28 - Last day to drop with 'W' and select ‘P/F'  


November 8 - Registration begins for Spring 2021
November 23 - Thanksgiving recess begins following end of class.
November 24 -  Halls close at 10 a.m. for Thanksgiving Break
November 28 -  Halls re-open at 10 a.m. for students returning from break


December 10 - Final examinations begin.
December 11 - Last day to modify fall financial aid for students not enrolled in the spring semester
December 16 - Last day of final examinations, semester ends
December 17 -  Halls close at 10 a.m. for semester, students in non-Break Housing must vacate.ay of optional Summer Session I classes

Other Campus Calendars

University of Massachusetts Amherst Event Calendar

University of Massachusetts Amherst Academic Calendar

UMass Athletics

Five College Calendar