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How to Enroll as a Non-Degree Student

This enrollment process applies to the following students:

  • Certificate Students: admitted or pursuing a certificate program
  • Guest Students:
    • trying a class to explore a particular program offering
    • need to fulfill a requirement and transfer the credits to another institution
    • taking a credit course for personal or professional growth
  • Pre-Matriculated Students: admitted to the University but would like to take a class before their official admit term
  • Inactive Students: who previously took a University+ (formerly UWW) class as a non-degree student or would like to take a class before being readmitted/reactivated into a UMass Amherst degree program.

Before you can enroll in classes*, we will need to collect some information so that we can either create or re-activate your student record in SPIRE (our student information system).

Please follow these instructions:

  1. Complete the Non-Degree Enrollment Form. Submission of this form is due at least two (2) business days prior to the end of add/drop. See Academic Calendar for exact deadline.
  2. Once processed, you will receive an email which will provide your UMass Amherst credentials and instructions on how to activate your student account in SPIRE and your UMass email. (Note: All future communications will be sent to your UMass email so please make sure to check it regularly.)
  3. Once you have activated your account, log into SPIRE.
  4. Before you can self-enroll in any University+ classes, you must have a university+ enrollment appointment in SPIRE. This appointment represents the period during which you will be able to enroll in University+ classes. Request a university+ enrollment appointment by following these instructions:
    • Click on the Manage Classes tile
    • Select Enrollment Appointments and then Summer/Winter/ND Enroll Appt in the left-hand menu
    • Review the instructions at the top to make sure that you are eligible for an appointment
    • Select a Term
    • Review acknowledgement, including Refund Policy and Class Fees information, and click button to Yes
    • Click Request Enrollment Appointment
    • Your appointment should now show in the Active Enrollment Appointments box
  5. Enroll in classes during your appointment period by selecting Add, Drop & Edit Classes on the left-side of the page and then selecting Class Search, Add & Enroll. Please view our step-by-step enrollment instructions.

Questions? Please contact us at @email or 413-545-3653.

*Classes are subject to change/cancellation.