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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

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. For Spring 2023, choose from three invaluable online workshops: learn SAT & ACT test prep strategies from bestselling test-prep author Brian Leaf, craft a true-to-life personal essay using techniques from UMass Amherst's award-winning Writing Program, or go behind the scenes of the application process with a former college admissions officer. For Summer 2023, our college application bootcamp covers all of these topics in an intensive residential experience.

Our instructors will provide participants with fresh, up-to-date advice to help them succeed in the ever-evolving college admissions landscape. Students can expect a true workshop-style format, with plenty of opportunities to develop and practice new skills, and get individual feedback in each topic.

Student Profile
Open to current 9th - 12th graders in high school. College prep workshops can be taken on their own, or in tandem with one of our residential or online pre-college programs during the summer. 

Year-Round Sessions
The college prep workshops are offered year-round: in Fall, Spring & Summer.