Large group of UWW graduates standing, celebrating, smilling, crying at commencement.

"No one ever drops out for good. They just drop out for a little while." - Mark Cerasuolo, UWW alumnus and 2010 UMass Amherst student commencement speaker.

welcome back to umass amherst

We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every former UMass Amherst student who didn't graduate has a story. Some left because they couldn't afford it. Others had to start working full-time. Some became parents early or needed to care for family members. Others developed health problems. Some took career paths that did not require a degree. Others partied too hard the first time around. 

Whatever your reasons for not finishing, we want you to know that you are not alone. When you return to UMass you will join hundreds of adults with similar stories who are determined to finish what they started. And we will be with you, every step of tithe way.  

your past credits count. 

You know that French class you took in Machmer Hall in 2010? Or the Oceanography course you took in Mahar Auditorium in 1995? No matter how old you or your transcript are, your UMass Amherst credits count and will be applied towards your bachelor's degree. 

poor gpa? it's ok. 

At the UMass Amherst University Without Walls (UWW), we're all about second chances. If you're a former UMass Amherst undergraduate student you are exempt from the 2.0 GPA admission's requirement.

it's easy to come back. 

Here's how coming back works. Complete and submit the Readmission Application and the $60 application fee by the postmarked deadline. 

You don't have to submit any transcripts with your application. However, in order to receive credit for courses taken at an institution other than UMass Amherst since your previous enrollment (or prior, if not previously transferred to UMass Amherst), submit an official transcript from each institution where courses were taken as soon as possible after enrollment.

If you have a GPA lower than a 2.0 or you were dismissed by the university for any reason, you will be contacted by email and asked to write a letter of explanation and to make a case for why things will be different this time around. Not everyone who reapplies is accepted back into the university, but most are so your chances are good.

If you have questions about any of this, contact us. We're here to help. 

get a fresh start.

Students who return to UMass Amherst after an absence of at least three years may have their prior work excluded from the calculation of their cumulative grade point average subject to certain conditions. This is known as the "Fresh Start" policy, because you begin a new cumulative GPA upon readmission.  Contact us to find out if you would benefit from Fresh Start.