Applying to UMass Amherst as a MassTransfer Student

MassTransfer Admissions Requirements

MassTransfer students are required to have a minimum community college cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.* We also want to see that you have strong grades in classes related to your major. Some majors are more selective and require a specific GPA and/or pre-requisite courses.

Selective Major Requirements

Commonwealth Honors College

There is no separate application process for the Commonwealth Honors College (CHC). MassTransfer students are considered for CHC as part of the application review.

We use a holistic review process to carefully consider applicants in an individualized context. No specific GPA by itself ensures an invitation to CHC. If you are completing a Commonwealth Honors Program as part of your associate degree, you may be eligible to join CHC. Verification of participation in a CHP and final grades may be required.

Dates and Deadlines

Fall Semester

  • Priority Date: March 1*
  • Final Deadline: April 15 

Spring Semester

  • Deadline: October 15 

*Priority date: All applications received and completed by the priority date will be given full consideration for admission to selective majors. Applications received or completed after the priority date will be reviewed on a space-available basis. Some programs may reach capacity prior to the final deadline.

Application Process

If you are a MassTransfer student that has already completed or will be completing your associate degree, follow these steps to apply:

  1. Submit a MassTransfer application
  2. Send in your official college transcripts

Request from all the colleges/universities you have attended that an official transcript be sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions regardless of whether credits are desired. Electronic transcripts submitted through eSCRIP-SAFE, Parchment, and National Student Clearinghouse are acceptable. Photocopies, emailed transcripts, and student copies are not considered acceptable.

After we receive your application, you will receive an email with login information to your Student Status Page. Your Student Status Page will display any missing and/or newly requested materials, so be sure to check this regularly. A transfer counselor may also reach out to you via email for more information.

Once your application becomes complete, it will be reviewed by our transfer admissions team. At that time, it may be determined that additional information is needed to make an admission decision. You will be notified of any additional materials needed on your Student Status Page or via email. Additional materials we typically request include: mid-term or final grades, a transfer disciplinary report, or a gap explanation.

The Admission Decision

Typically, the time-frame from the time your application becomes complete to when you receive your decision is two to three weeks. Once it is ready, your admission decision will be on your Student Status Page.

Decisions are released:

  • For fall enrollment: March to May
  • For spring enrollment: October to November

*Students must be in good academic, financial, and disciplinary standing at all colleges attended to be guaranteed admission. Additionally, criminal histories may also be considered as part of the review process.

Although we request that you disclose criminal history on your application, any information you provide will not be used to determine your candidacy for admission. Candidacy will be based only on your academic performance, test scores, activities, essay, recommendations, and so on. If you are admissible, only then will one of our directors look at the criminal history information you provided. This separate evaluation will be done to determine whether the criminal activity was serious enough to have a bearing on the final admissions decision. In the rare event that we determine prior criminal history may adversely affect your candidacy for admission, we typically ask an applicant to first provide additional information to help us in making our determination. 

(Note: You are not required to answer “yes” to the criminal history question if the criminal adjudication or conviction:

  1. Has been expunged, sealed, annulled, pardoned, destroyed, erased, impounded, or otherwise ordered by a court to be kept confidential
  2. Was a first conviction for misdemeanor drunkenness, simple assault, speeding, minor traffic violations, or disturbance of the peace; or
  3. Any conviction of a misdemeanor where the conviction occurred more than five years prior to the date of this application, unless you were sentenced to imprisonment upon conviction of the misdemeanor, or you have been convicted of another criminal offense within the five-year period.)