Students can choose the accelarated degree program if they would like to finish all the credits for graduation in less time than normal. UMass Amherst accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit. Additionally, UMass Amherst has a summer session, so students can earn credits during the summer.
NOTE: Around 84% of students who start college at UMass Amherst complete all the credits required within six years.
UMass Amherst offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: UMass Amherst may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
Reminder: Check with UMass Amherst directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, UMass Amherst students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at UMass Amherst.
Student Designed Majors
UMass Amherst allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
Double Majoring at UMass Amherst
UMass Amherst offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Double majoring may mean taking more courses, but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when looking for a job or applying to grad school.
✅ UMass Amherst offers services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
✅ UMass Amherst has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.
✅ UMass Amherst offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.
✅ UMass Amherst offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, and offers a Freshman Honors College. The Freshman Honors college provides a rich curriculum for highly-motivated first-year students.
❌ UMass Amherst studets are not required to complete an internship.
Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job. While UMass Amherst does not require internships for students of any major, internships are a great way to get work experience, discover career paths that might fit you, or rule out ones that don't.
The main library on campus is the W. E. B. Du Bois Library and there is one other library on campus.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time.
UMass Amherst does not have any dual degree programs available for students.
What is ROTC?
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.
Does UMass Amherst have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every college. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
UMass Amherst has an Army ROTC program and an Air Force ROTC program.
Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at UMass Amherst include:
•an ARMY ROTC branch unit on campus
•an Air Force branch unit on campus
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