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We search for students who will bring their unique strengths and diverse talents to the UMass Amherst campus. We conduct an individualized review of applications; with careful consideration of a student’s academic achievements, personal qualities, and motivation. UMass uses a holistic approach that reviews the entire application, so we have a full understanding of an application’s potential as a successful UMass student. Application as a first-year student is open to graduating high school students, high school graduates, or a GED/HiSET recipient who has attempted fewer than 12 college credits.
As one of the top public research universities in the nation, UMass Amherst seeks to enroll exceptional applicants of all backgrounds and welcomes transfer students to its campus. We accept approximately 2,000 transfer students each year. To be considered a transfer you must be a high school graduate or GED/HiSET recipient who has attempted more than 12 college credits and is applying to a four-year undergraduate degree program at UMass Amherst.
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