One of our goals at UMass Amherst is providing transfer students with the information and support necessary to make campus feel like home. We understand that the transfer student journey is significant and we are committed to your success. You’ll find in this page a number of opportunities that’ll help you get connected and informed during your transition to campus. If you have any questions along the way, please let us know!
New Students Orientation – Transfer Sessions
If you have not yet arrived on campus, please note that there are New Students Orientation sessions designed specifically for transfer students. If you are planning to arrive in the fall, you will sign up for a Summer Transfer Session. If you are planning to arrive in the spring, you will sign up for a Winter Transfer Session. Enrolling in either of these sessions will set you up to begin learning all you need to know about transitioning to campus.
For Fall 2022 we will offer two Transfer RAPs, one in McNamara Hall in Sylvan Residential Area and one in John Adams Hall in Southwest Residential Area.
- MacNamara has suite style rooms
- John Adams Hall has single gender floors
Joining a Transfer RAP is a wonderful opportunity to get acclimated to the UMass community, learn about all the resources and opportunities and develop relationships with fellow transfer students. Students in the Transfer RAPs will live together and enroll together in a designated section of the Transfer Success Seminar (see below for course description).
The Transfer Success Seminar is an optional one-credit course intended to help you become fully prepared to succeed at UMass. Students in the Transfer Success Seminar will be led by instructors with a detailed understanding of the transfer student experience. In the seminar, you will learn about which on-campus resources will be most helpful to you, how to best utilize these resources, and where you can look for other opportunities to connect.
Transfer Student Newsletter
Want to be in the know about all things transfer student-related? As a transfer student, you’ll be automatically enrolled to receive the monthly campus Transfer Student Newsletter. This newsletter is filled with resources, events, and information relevant to transfer students. If you’re interested in submitting content or sharing your story, be in touch! You can also read through past editions of the newsletter below:
National Transfer Student Week – October 18th-22nd, 2021
Thanks for joining us for this year's National Transfer Student Week events!
Welcome to the U
Welcome to the U is series of immersive opportunities during the first several weeks of the semester for students to explore the university its community, resources, values, and expectations through social events, community building, and leadership opportunities. Check out more information on Welcome to the U here.
Did you know?
Transfer students are an important part of the UMass experience, adding a wide range of backgrounds, ages, and trajectories to our student population. This fall, we had 1,185 incoming transfer students. This is nearly a fifth of our entering undergraduate students (not including UWW). Cumulatively, they transferred from 299 different institutions—191 colleges/universities and 32 community colleges—and represent a total of 5 different countries (USA, Canada, Hong Kong, India, and the Netherlands) and 40 states. This year, the age of incoming transfer students ranged from 17 to 63, with the average being 21. As always, we’re grateful for the diversity they bring to campus, and want to take the chance to say: WE’RE SO GLAD YOU’RE ALL HERE!