Founded in 1863, UMass Amherst is the largest public research University in New England and is the flagship campus for the five-campus University of Massachusetts system. Situated in the idyllic town of Amherst, MA, the campus offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. The University offers 112 bachelor’s degrees, 76 masters’, and 48 doctoral programs and is distinguished by the excellence and breadth of its academic, research, and community outreach programs. An R1 university, UMass Amherst ranks third in research grants from the National Science Foundation, behind only MIT and Harvard. UMass Amherst also ranks number one nationally for "Best Campus Food" in the 2017 edition of the Princeton Review’s The Best 381 Colleges.
About UMass Summer Programs
UMass Summer Programs offers residential pre-college summer intensives for high school students in the sciences, humanities, and arts. Pre-College programs at UMass Amherst combine all the major elements of college, including great academics, living in a residence hall, and eating in our award-winning dining commons.
UMass Summer Programs invites motivated high school students interested in hands-on learning experiences to apply to Summer Pre-College. With a wide range of program offerings in 1-week, 2-week, or 6-week sessions, students can earn college credit and gain valuable experience for future college applications. Courses include Sport Management, Engineering, Design Academy, Astronomy, Forensic Chemistry, and more.
Featured is our 6-week Research Intensives, a competitive research program that places high-achieving high school students in professional working labs alongside distinguished faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students in state-of-the-art facilities. We offer placements in Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Conservation, Physics, Psychology, and Food Sciences.
Students reside in the modern, fully air-conditioned Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community, and have access to the W.E.B. DuBois Library, the largest academic research library in the state, as well as the Recreation Center. A series of college prep workshops, nightly social events, and weekend field trips on campus and around the Pioneer Valley supplement our exciting and rigorous academic programs.
Rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as graduating seniors, are eligible to apply.
Organized in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, EducationUSA Academy is a pre-college academic enrichment program for international high school students offering specialized college preparatory content, college-level writing workshops, campus visits, and cultural activities. Students gain an insider’s perspective on higher education in the United States while getting the chance to experience and enjoy campus life.
All international students between the ages of 15 and 17, who are non-native English speakers and have a certified CEFR level of B1 or greater, are welcome to apply.
Summer 2019 Dates:
Admissions are rolling from December 15 through spring. Students are encouraged to apply early, as some programs will fill up.
A limited number of partial scholarships are available on a program-by-program basis. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need and academic merit. For more information, please visit our website.