Information for Accepted Students
Welcome to UMass! This page covers everything you need to know to complete your registration and get ready for the Summer Pre-College program at UMass Amherst.
Registration Checklist: All Students
Spire is the UMass student account system. It's where you'll find your course enrollments and class schedule, and your bill. Your Spire login (NetID & password) is also a universal login for all UMass systems, such as email, cloud file storage, online course platforms, campus WiFi, etc.
To activate your Spire account:
Once you've registered, check your inbox for an email from UMass OIT (Office of Information Technology) that will have your NetID along with a link and instructions to activate your Spire account and create a password. This message gets sent to the email address listed on your application, and can take up to 5 business days to arrive. Be sure to check your spam & junk folders, too.
Deposit & Confirmation of Attendance
Once accepted, a non-refundable deposit of $500 must be paid to hold a student’s space in the program. Payment of the deposit represents the student’s confirmation of attendance and is non-refundable. We recommend submitting your deposit as soon as possible, as some programs may fill up quickly.
For students registering after June 1st: Program fees are due in full as soon as you have received access to Spire. You do not need to submit a deposit.
To view your bill and make payments:
Log into Spire at www.spire.umass.edu with your NetID & password.
Use the menu bar at the top to navigate to Financials>View/Pay Bill. This will open up something called QuickPay in a new window (be sure to turn off any ad blockers), where you can see your program fees and submit payments. QuickPay accepts either credit card (there is a 2.3% processing fee) or electronic checks (no fee).
Viewing and Paying Your Balance
The balance after the $500 deposit is due by June 1st, 2022. For students registering after June 1st, your program fees are due in full. You can view your balance by logging into Spire and navigating to Financials>Account Summary. To make a payment, navigate to Financials>View/Pay Bill. This will open up something called QuickPay in a new window (be sure to turn off any ad blockers), where you can see your program fees and submit payments. QuickPay accepts either credit card (there is a 2.3% processing fee) or electronic checks (no fee).
The Registration Packet and Participation Agreement will be emailed to you through DocuSign for electronic signature. Please note signatures from both student and parent are required. You will each receive a separate signature request from DocuSign.
- The Registration Packet for online programs consists of a Remote Learning Release Form and Participation Agreement.
- The Registration Packet for residential programs consists of a Liability Release, Photo Release, Consent to Treat Minor form, Emergency Contacts, Accessibility & Special Needs, Participation Agreement, and Commuter Student Agreement.
All pre-college students are given a UMass email account (Google mail). Go to https://www.umass.edu/it/email, click on Google Mail, and log in with your NetID & password. Your professor may use your UMass email to send course-related communications, particularly if you are attending an online course.
Registration Checklist: Residential & Commuter Students
In addition to the items above, you will need to complete the following:
A set of medical records (physical & immunizations) is required for all students attending in-person Summer Pre-College programs at UMass Amherst. This allows students to be seen at University Health Services.
Blank forms to be filled out by your doctor's office, as well as a link to the upload portal, will be provided by email.
Covid-19 Vaccination Records
Proof of Covid-19 vaccination is required for students participating in the in-person Summer Pre-College program. This information is included in the medical forms (outlined above) to be filled out by your doctor's office. You do not need to submit a copy of your vaccine card.
UMass follows Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines on approved vaccines in Massachusetts which allow the current World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccines:
- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
You will be issued a UMass student ID card, otherwise known as a UCard. Your UCard gives you access to the pre-college residence hall, and will be loaded with meal swipes. Please follow the instructions at the link below to upload a photo for your UCard:
- Guidelines for UCard photos are included (similar to a passport photo)
- UCard office staff will let you know via your UMass email address if the photo has been accepted or not. If the photo is not accepted, you will need to upload a new one. Be sure to check your UMass email (login is your NetID & password). Pro tip: don't put this off until the last minute! The UCard office will be processing hundreds of photos and it may take a couple of tries before your photo is accepted.
- Summer Programs staff will pick up your UCard for you, and you will receive it when you arrive on campus.
Parents/Guardians: All students should come prepared with a personal Covid-19 plan. In the event that your child contracts Covid-19 during the program, Summer Programs staff will contact you to assist with making arrangements to check your child out of the program in a timely manner. For those families who live outside of driving distance from campus, we strongly recommend designating a relative or family friend who would be able to pick up your child. This contact should be listed on the emergency contacts page of your Registration Packet. In the event your child cannot be picked up, isolation housing will be provided on campus.
Residential & Commuter Program Logistics
UMass Amherst Campus
|Check-in Time||Checkout Time|
|2 - 5pm||9am - noon|
|Session 1: Research Intensives||Sunday, June 26||Saturday, August 6|
|Session 1: 1-week programs||Sunday, June 26||Saturday, July 2|
|Session 1: 2-week programs||Sunday, June 26||Saturday, July 9|
|Session 2: 2-week programs||Sunday, July 10||Saturday, July 23|
|Session 2: 3-week programs||Sunday, July 10||Saturday, July 30|
|Session 3: 1-week programs||Sunday, July 24||Saturday, July 30|
|Session 3: 2-week programs||Sunday, July 24||Saturday, August 6|
UMass Mt. Ida Campus
|Check-in Time||Checkout Time|
|2 - 5pm||9am - noon|
|BCT City:Lab||Sunday, July 10||Saturday, July 30|
|Vet Tech - Week 1||Sunday, July 10||Saturday, July 16|
|Vet Tech - Week 2||Sunday, July 17||Saturday, July 23|
|Vet Tech - Both Weeks||Sunday, July 10||Saturday, July 23|
|Combatting the Climate Crisis||Sunday, July 24||Saturday, July 30|
Directions to Campus
Housing for pre-college students is in Sycamore Hall in the Commonwealth Honors College, located at 140 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003.
Visitor Info - here you'll find directions to campus by car, by air, by bus, and by train. Please note the closest Amtrak train station is in Northampton, MA - from there you would need to take a taxi, Uber or bus to campus.
Ground Transportation to/from Airports
(413) 253-1350, provides airport transportation services.
413-586-1120, provides shuttle service to and from Bradley, Logan, and New York airports.
Exclusive Car Service Inc.
877-695-4665, provides private car services to and from Bradley, Logan, and New York airports.
413-221-4512, provides airport shuttle and car services from Bradley, Logan, and JFK airports.
Michael's Limousine & Transportation Service
800-533-8470, provides transportation services to and from Bradley, Logan, and JFK airports throughout the local area.
What to Bring (a suggested list)
- A shower caddy, flip-flops/shower shoes, robe
- Personal toiletries
- A cellphone and charger
- A laptop or tablet
- A notebook or binder, pens, and pencils
- Small reading light, if you would like one (each room has overhead lighting & a desk lamp)
- Quarters and laundry detergent for laundry facilities
- Medications (to self-administer)
Linens: UMass Summer Programs will provide 2 towels, 1 pillow, 1 pillowcase, 1 set of sheets (includes 2 non-fitted sheets) and 1 blanket for your stay. If you wish to bring your own towels and bedding you are welcome to, but you do not need to. If you do choose to bring your own sheets, we recommend extra-long twin sheets.
What Not to Bring
- A car (unless you are a commuter student)
- Air conditioners
- Anything illegal, including: alcohol, drugs, drug paraphernalia, and tobacco products
- Firearms, knives, or other weapons
- Fireworks, candles, or incense
UMass Amherst is committed to maintaining the health and safety of the campus community. For detailed Covid-19 safety policies at UMass Amherst, please see https://www.umass.edu/coronavirus/health.
All UMass Amherst students, faculty and staff who have not received an official exemption are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, including with a booster shot.
Face Mask/Covering Policy
Effective March 9, the campus has lifted its indoor mask requirement. In keeping with government guidance, individuals will be welcome to wear masks at their own discretion but will only be required to wear masks aboard public transportation (including PVTA buses) and in healthcare facilities.
Testing is available to Summer Pre-College students through the Public Health Promotion Center and University Health Services. Current testing protocols can be found at https://www.umass.edu/coronavirus/coronavirus/covid-19-testing.