Application FAQs

Posted by UMass Summer Programs on Jan 13, 2016 2:10:02 PM

Are these questions standing between you and the Submit button? Read on and find the answers to our frequently asked questions about applying to UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College.




Q: When is the deadline to apply?

A: We have rolling admissions, which means we will continue to accept applications until two weeks before the program starts, as long as there is still space in the program. We recommend applying early, since some programs will fill up.


Q: My school's policy is that recommendations are confidential. What should I do?

A: Just ask your teacher/guidance counselor to email the recommendation letter directly to us at: When you're completing your application, write a short note stating that your recommendation is being emailed directly, save it as a PDF, and upload it in place of the recommendation.


Q: Do you offer scholarships?

A: UMass Summer Programs offers a limited number of need-based, partial scholarships to accepted students. Certain programs also offer need-based, partial scholarships through their host departments. Please see for guidelines. 


Q: How soon do I find out if I've been accepted?

A: Applications are reviewed as soon as they come in. Usually you can expect to hear back with an admissions decision within a week.


Q: How many students are accepted to this program?

A: This varies by program. Most lab-based programs have space for about 15 - 20 students. Other programs, such as the Sport Management & Leadership Academy or the Summer Engineering Institute, have space for 50 or more students.


For the answers to less frequently asked questions, email us at We're always happy to help!