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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

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. 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.

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.

Academic Programs
Research Intensive Labs

Our competitive 6-week summer Research Intensives program places high-achieving high school students in professional working labs alongside distinguished faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. We offer placements in Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Conservation, Psychology and Food Science.

Students eligible to apply should have grades of B or above in mathematics and science courses. Applicants should indicate their top 3 lab choices and reason for interest in the personal statement portion of the application.

Our 2-week Health Without Borders program offers hands-on lab research experience in a shorter, 2-week format, under the guidance of an advanced graduate student researcher. This program is ideal for students who are new to research or unable to make a 6-week commitment.