Pre-College @ UMass Amherst

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Summer Pre-College programs for high school students: On campus at UMass Amherst or the Mt. Ida campus, or online

Unlock your potential while having fun this summer! Get a taste of the college experience, explore your interests, and experience campus life. Discover pre-college opportunities available this summer for rising 10th-12th graders from UMass Amherst. Offering 1-week, 2-week, and 3-week academic intensives in over 3 dozen topics including STEM, art & design, business and more, plus unique 6-week lab research experiences. 

Summer 2022 Dates
Session 1: June 26 | Session 2: July 10 | Session 3: July 24


Summer Pre-College: Residential Programs

Residential pre-college programs at UMass combine all the major elements of college, including great academics, living in a residence hall, and eating in our award-winning dining commons. 

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Summer Pre-College: Online Programs

Our online pre-college programs are designed to give you a preview of the UMass student experience, including college-level academics and being part of a learning community of high school students from all across the U.S. and the world.

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Summer Pre-College at the Mt. Ida Campus

Experience the academic quality of the UMass Amherst Pre-College program in the greater Boston area. Our pre-college programs at the Mt. Ida campus invite high school students to experience college-level classes and campus life, including our award-winning UMass dining, all from the convenient location of Newton, MA. 

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College Prep Workshops

College prep workshops at UMass Amherst offer high school students an essential toolkit for college preparedness: practical skills and knowledge to confidently navigate the college application process. 

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New Programs for Summer 2022

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Intro to Research in Psychological & Brain Sciences

We see claims about psychological studies all over the news and social media, but how do we know what to believe? During this course you will have first hand experience in interpreting, designing and running your very own psychological experiments.

July 11 - 22, 2022 | Live online program

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The Sociology of TikTok:

This introductory Sociology course is designed to expose high school students to sociology as a discipline and a way of thinking about their social world. Given the relevance of social media in teenagers’ social lives, this course will use social media as a topic to apply the concepts, ideas, and frameworks we discuss. We will explore questions such as: What is Sociology? A discipline? A practice? Both? How do sociological processes and relationships play out in digital spaces, such as social media?

June 26 - July 9, 2022 | Residential program at UMass Amherst

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Building & Construction Technology: CityLab

The BCT (Building & Construction Technology) CityLab is a two-week immersive pre-college program for high school students interested in exploring building construction, sustainability, engineering, architecture, and technology-related career paths.

July 10 - 23, 2022 | Residential or commuter program at the Mt. Ida campus

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Student Testimonial
Summer Design Academy

AMAZING experience, I was quite sad to leave campus after Summer Design Academy ended. I found the program very engaging with knowledgeable professors and TAs that were as excited as the participants. Thoroughly enjoyable experience. And the food was spectacular!

July 10-30, 2022 | Available in person or online

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COVID-19 Information

UMass Amherst is committed to the health and safety of our campus community. UMass Amherst requires students participating in in-person pre-college programs to follow University Covid-19 safety requirements, including vaccination and masking. Please see for current protocols.