Pre-College @ UMass Amherst

Pre-college learning design

Preparing high school students for the next step

At UMass Amherst, our pre-college programs are uniquely designed to prepare high school students for the next step in their academic journey.

Unlock your potential with our online college prep workshops, where you'll gain the practical skills and knowledge to confidently navigate the college application process. During the summer, get a taste of the college experience through our pre-college academic programs, offered both in-person and online. 

Upcoming program dates:

  • SAT/ACT Test Prep Workshop Oct. 8 - 29
  • College Application Essay Writing Workshop Oct. 8 - 29
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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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Pre-College Academic Programs

Get a taste of the college experience, explore your interests, and experience campus life. Discover summer pre-college opportunities available 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.

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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!"  - Summer Design Academy student