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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Summer Pre-College at the UMass 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.

Residential and Commuter Options
Residential pre-college students live in modern dorms on the beautiful, tree-lined campus with free transportation to MBTA’s Green Line for quick access to the city. Of course, it takes a little help to adjust to life on a college campus, so we have great live-in program assistants who are specially trained to help you get used to a new environment. We have lots of great events in the evenings and on weekends that help you connect with other pre-college students.

Local students can take advantage of the commuter option, while still enjoying UMass's outstanding dining services, as well as free parking, rec center access, and co-curriculars.

UMass Amherst requires students participating in in-person pre-college programs to follow University Covid-19 safety requirements, including vaccination. Please see for current protocols.