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F A S T   F A C T S
Location | Amherst
Population | 39,263
Enrollment | 31,810
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | N/A

Term Dates
Fall | 09/03-12/18
Spring | 01/30-05/16

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, MA

   
We are a Best of the Best LGBTQ+ Friendly University.
We lead the nation in best campus food with healthy, local, sustainable options.

About This Campus

The University of Massachusetts Amais a world-class public university system with a history of excellence. UMass is renowned for the quality of its academic programs, the scope and impact of its research, and the strength of its public service mission.UMass is one of the leading centers of public higher education in the Northeast. We are part of the Five College Consortium, which allows students to take classes and access libraries and activities at four prestigious liberal arts colleges in the Pioneer Valley: Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, and Smith. All Five College schools are connected by free PVTA bus lines. UMass has esteemed faculty teaching in top-ranked departments. A recent building boom has created many state of the art academic facilities.Over 50% of undergraduates live on campus.

Location Information

UMass is a 1100 acre campus located in the Pioneer Valley college town of Amherst one hour north of Hartford CT, two hours west of Boston and three hours from New York City. All cities are connected by Peter Pan bus lines.

Helpful Information

On Campus Housing is guaranteed although preferences for specific areas can not always be met. Meal Plan is required if living on campus. Parking is available but will not be near where the student is living on campus. Off campus housing costs have risen in recent years and can be expensive. It is important for all students researching exchanges to check on the curriculum for their major at UMass - the curriculum can vary from your home school requirements.
2024-2025 Chance of Placement
Host Payment |Open
Home Payment |Waitlist
Campus Availability & Deadlines
2025-2026 Chance of Placement
Host Payment |Open
Home Payment |Excellent
Understand Chances of Placement

Academics

RegistrationClosed Programs
Nursing is closed. Education is closed. UMass does not offer physical education courses or many one-credit classes. English Writing 112 is closed to exchange students. Psychology 241 is closed to exchange students. In most departments, the course that fulfills the "UMass Junior Year Writing Requirement" (see course descriptions) will be closed to exchange students. Courses that satisfy the "Integrative Experience Requirement" (see course descriptions) are closed to exchange students. Departments may restrict specific courses without notice.

Limitations
Courses in Communication, Journalism, Kinesiology, ALL majors in the Isenberg School of Management, including Hospitality and Tourism Mgmt and Sport Mgmt and all majors in the College of Engineering are restricted students with those declared majors at their home institution. All Majors in Isenberg School of Management and Engineering have specific pre-requisites. Students must have completed equivalent UMass pre-reqs. Architecture (NAAB accredited schools only), Studio Art, Dance, and Music classes are only available to BFA/Art, Dance, and Music declared majors and may require portfolio submission for access to studio courses. Studio work space is also extremely limited. Music Lessons rarely available even to declared majors.

Options
Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, African American Studies, Animal Sciences... ++ show all

Conditions

GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • General Eligibility Requirements
  • Students who will be juniors on exchange must have a declared major(s) at their home school. To access courses in many departments, students must be declared majors at their home school. We have no minors in very competitive programs like Isenberg School of Management, Engineering and Art.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper or 80.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay
Canadian Students - learn more
  • Will NOT accept

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/14/24

Finances Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Pay resident-rate tuition to your host campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your home campus
  • Estimated cost: $8886.00.
  • Figures are based on full-time enrollment.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • Pay regular tuition to your home campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your host campus.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 19
  • Home Payment: 19

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $100.00 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $304 Year Host & Home Optional
9-month Residence Hall Upcharge Fee $300 Year Host & Home Optional
Lab (for some lab courses) Fee $95 -125 per class Semester Host & Home Mandatory
Course Fees / MaterialsVariesSemesterHost & HomeMandatory

Important Notes: IMPORTANT: All students must have health insurance approved by UMass. International Students MUST pay the UMass supplemental student health insurance fee of $1,240.00/sem. No Exceptions. For others, the Student Health Insurance is waivable with proof of approved insurance. All students should expect at least one course to have a lab/materials fee particularly in science, art and architecture courses.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/14/24

On-Campus Housing Per Semester Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $1500.00
  • Proximity to campus: close/bus routes
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Full year housing contract can be retracted if student is only attending one semester if appropriate deadlines are met. If deadlines are not met, housing cancellation fees can be significant. Off Campus housing is close to campus but costs are higher the closer to campus. Students living off campus should make sure they are on a Bus Line. No housing deposit.

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
We have a nationally recognized, award winning food service here at UMass. Excellent vegetarian, vegan, gluten free options. There are other meal plans available - check website http://umassdining.com/

Health

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/14/24

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $1200 Semester Host & Home Mandatory

Important Notes about Health Insurance
All students MUST have health insurance. The automatically billed UMass insurance is waivable with proof of students' own insurance, EXCEPT FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS CANNOT waive the UMass insurance. All INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS MUST PURCHASE THE UMASS INSURANCE.

Requirements

Comments on Problems or Conditions for Access
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS CANNOT waive the UMass insurance.

Other Health Related Comments
All students MUST have health insurance. The automatically billed UMass insurance is waivable with proof of students' own insurance, EXCEPT FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS WHO MUST PURCHASE THE UMASS INSURANCE.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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