UMass gives you a range of ways you engage with the community and carve out a path that specifically suits you. Curricular and co-curricular options abound, and with exploration and planning you will find options that are meaningful to you.
As you learn about the many choices at UMass, it helps to have guidance and examples of how successful students make the pieces fit. There are many ways to earn credits, pursue your interests, build professional skills, and satisfy your requirements. Check out just of few of the programs designed to broaden your academic horizons and create experiential opportunities for learning:
Five College Interchange
Enroll in courses at one of the local small colleges: Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, or Smith. There is no extra cost.
Civic Engagement and Service-Learning
Find opportunities to connect classroom experiences with meaningful work on campus and in the local communities.
Internationalize your college education! There’s a big world out there, and study abroad can be your ticket to learning about cultures, countries, foreign language, and yourself.
Spend a semester or a year at one of over 180 participating colleges and universities across the country. You’ll find courses and places that transport you beyond the UMass campus experience.
Office of Undergraduate Research and Studies (OURS)
Find research and scholarly opportunities on and off campus for any semester or summer session. All majors are welcome!
Find events, organizations, and updates on campus activities.
Who can help me map out my own pathway?
Each program listed on this page has advisors and staff who can guide your decision making. Visit the pages listed above, or send an email to the program staff.
How do I get involved in learning outside the classroom?
There are lots of opportunities to be involved at UMass, but don’t let the numbers of programs intimidate you. Pick one or two activities that pique your curiosity and just take the first step to attend an event (bring a friend!) or contact the organizations. For starters, you could work at a student-run business, join an advocacy group, work with youth, or play recreational sports. Every option gives you a chance to build new skills and friendships. Discover opportunities.