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University of Massachusetts Amherst - 2016

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Institution Information

General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations


Admission to the freshman class is highly selective and is contingent upon successful completion of required high school courses at a level consistent with the university's admissions standards. The primary criteria for admission are the high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores. A complete application includes the following material:
• A complete Common Application
• Official high school transcript (through the end of the junior year)
First-term senior grades should be sent as soon as possible.
• SAT I and/or ACT scores sent electronically by the testing agency.* The UMass Amherst SAT code is 3917 and the ACT code is 1924.
• Application fee of $75 (or approved fee waiver)
Minimum subject matter requirements must be met by the following high school units:
• English: 4
• Mathematics (Algebra II minimum): 3
• Natural Science (2 labs): 3
• Social Science (one course in US history): 2
• Foreign Language: 2 of same language
• Electives (from areas above, arts and humanities, or computer science): 2

Applicants to the College of Engineering, Isenberg School of Management, or the Computer Science major must have four math units (Algebra I & II, Geometry, and an advanced math course, such as Calculus or Trigonometry). Applicants to the College of Engineering must also have Chemistry and Physics.

A transfer student is a high school graduate or GED recipient who has enrolled as a full-time degree student or who has attempted 12 or more credits of college study and is applying to a four-year bachelor's degree program. The University requires that at least 45 academic credits be obtained in residence, with a maximum of 75 credits transferred.

Additional information can be found at the University Admissions website:


The rigor of the curriculum is strongly considered. We appreciate applicants who take challenging courses, including honors, Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses if available.

When assessing academic achievement, course grades as well as grade trends are important, including course selection and grades in relation to the desired major. A strong senior schedule helps show the applicant's commitment to higher education. If the high school provides a class rank, that is taken into consideration as well.

Other criteria, including the level of academic challenge, extracurricular activities, work, etc., are also considered.