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Application instructions vary by program type. Please see below for details.

 

Application Instructions

Summer Pre-College
 
We accept applications from rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school. High school seniors who will graduate in Spring 2024 are also welcome. Please note, the Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Technology programs are open only to rising juniors and seniors.
 

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted until programs have filled, or until the deadlines outlined below for each session (subject to availability). We recommend applying early as programs may fill up. 

  • Programs starting June 30: May 1st, 2024 Extended to May 15th, 2024
  • Programs starting July 14: May 15th, 2024
  • Programs starting July 28: May 31st, 2024
     

To apply for Summer Pre-College Programs, we require:

  • A written statement of interest: a brief, one-page statement describing why you want to attend Summer Pre-College at UMass Amherst and specifically the program you have chosen. 
  • An unofficial high school transcript (PDF), including fall grades from the current school year. Rising sophomores should include a middle school transcript as well.
  • A letter of recommendation written by a teacher or guidance counselor who can speak to your skills, abilities, maturity level and academic accomplishments that make you a suitable candidate for the program you are applying to. Letters of recommendation should be obtained by the applicant and uploaded into the online application system. If your reference prefers to submit their letter of recommendation directly, please upload a brief statement, in PDF format, indicating that your letter of recommendation is being sent directly, and instruct your reference to email the letter to: summerprograms@umass.edu.
  • A non-refundable $35 application fee

International students will be asked to provide additional information regarding English language proficiency. We accept TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores. Students currently attending an English language or bilingual high school are exempt from test scores.

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Research Intensives

Applications are closed for Summer 2024 Research Intensives.

 
We accept applications from rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school. High school seniors who will graduate in Spring 2024 are also welcome. 
 

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted until labs have filled, or until May 1st (subject to availability). We recommend applying early as labs may fill up. 

To apply for Research Intensives, we require:

  • A written statement of interest: a brief, one-page statement describing why you want to attend the pre-college Research Intensives program at UMass Amherst. Please include 3 lab choices along with a brief explanation of your interest in each one.
  • An unofficial high school transcript (PDF), along with fall grades from the current school year. Rising sophomores should include a middle school transcript as well.
  • A letter of recommendation written by a teacher or guidance counselor who can speak to your skills, abilities, maturity level and academic accomplishments that make you a suitable candidate for the program you are applying to. Letters of recommendation should be obtained by the applicant and uploaded into the online application system. If your reference prefers to submit their letter of recommendation directly, please upload a brief statement, in PDF format, indicating that your letter of recommendation is being sent directly, and instruct your reference to email the letter to: summerprograms@umass.edu.
  • A non-refundable $35 application fee

International students will be asked to provide additional information regarding English language proficiency. We accept TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores. Students currently attending an English language or bilingual high school are exempt from test scores.

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College Prep Workshops

The college prep workshops are open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school. High school seniors who will graduate in Spring 2024 are also welcome. 

Online Workshops

No application is required for the online college prep workshops. Registrations will be taken on a first come first served basis, and will remain open until workshops have filled.

  1. From the workshops webpage, click the Register Now button to fill out and submit a registration form.
  2. You will receive a follow-up email within 24-48 hours containing instructions to complete your registration.
  3. Follow instructions to activate your Spire account, if you don't already have one.
  4. Follow instructions to pay your workshop fees.

In Person Workshops

To apply for Summer Pre-College Programs, we require:

  • A written statement of interest: a brief, one-page statement describing why you want to attend the workshop you have chosen. 
  • An unofficial high school transcript (PDF), including fall grades from the current school year. Rising sophomores should include a middle school transcript as well.

No letter of recommendation is necessary (a placeholder PDF may be uploaded in this space).


International students will be asked to provide additional information regarding English language proficiency. We accept TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores. Students currently attending an English language or bilingual high school are exempt from test scores.


Reference Form

Teachers or school counselors providing letters of recommendation may use the provided reference form. Once completed, the letter of recommendation can either be sent to the applicant to upload into the application system, or emailed directly to summerforms@umass.edu. 

Reference Form