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Admission to the Exploratory Pathways Program is contingent upon the successful completion of required high school courses at a level consistent with the university’s admissions standards. The following minimum subject matter requirements must be met:

  • English: 4 units
  • Mathematics (Algebra II minimum): 4 units, including math in the senior year of high school
  • Natural Science (3 labs): 3 units
  • Social Science (one course in US history): 2 units
  • Foreign Language: 2 units of same language
  • Electives (from areas above, arts and humanities, or computer science): 2 units

While the primary criteria for admission are the high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores, other criteria, including the level of academic challenge, extracurricular activities, work, etc., are also considered.

Application Deadlines

Starting Semester Early Application
($60 Application Fee)*

Regular Application
($85 Application Fee)*

Fall May 1 June 1
Spring  October 1 November 1
Summer March 1 March 15


How to Apply

  1. Apply using the UWW Undergraduate Application, which works in all browsers except Internet Explorer (IE).
  2. Required materials include:
    • Resume 
    • Essay: In about 100 words, describe how your past experiences have led you to apply to UWW and, in another 100 words, tell us more about what you're interested in studying and why.  
    • Official Transcript(s): Send transcripts from all colleges attended. Transcripts must be sent by the institution's Registrar directly to the UWW Admissions Office at 350 Campus Center Way, Amherst MA, 01003-2902 413-545-3440, or email to @email.  Maximum transfer credit is 75 semester credits.
    • High School Transcripts or GED Scores (if less than 27 transferable college credits)
    • English Language Proficiency Documentation, if applicable.
    • International Transcript(s), if applicable.

International Students: Please review our International Applicant's Guide.

What Happens Next?

Following receipt of your application, you will be sent an email with further information. Within 5-6 business days, you will also receive credentials that will allow you to log into our student information system (SPIRE) where you will be able to check the status of your application and missing materials, if applicable.

NOTE: Application review will not take place until we have received all required materials in our office. It is essential for you to check the status of your application and remit any materials as quickly as possible. Decisions are generally determined within 4-6 weeks from the start of application review.

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