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UMass Amherst Summer Programs

UMass Amherst is a top research university located in the scenic Pioneer Valley. We offer courses in all kinds of topics with outstanding faculty. Our facilities are top notch, featuring award-winning dining, brand-new accommodations, and cutting edge facilities.

Pre-college programs at UMass combine all the major elements of college, including great academics, living in a residence hall, and eating in our award-winning dining commons. Of course, it takes a little help to adjust to life on a college campus, so we have great live-in program assistants who are specially trained to help you get used to a new environment, both geographic and social. We have lots of great events in the evenings and on weekends that help you connect with other pre-college students.

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UMass Summer Students Benefit From:

  • Faculty taught classes
  • Diverse course offering representing current UMass research and academics
  • Hands-on learning and research based course work
  • Premium accommodations
  • Award-winning dining services
  • Exciting activities and trips
  • A committed program staff to help students navigate social and academic college life

2018 Courses By Session:

Course Name Dates Session
Research Intensive Lab Placements July 1- August 11 1
Course Name Dates Session

Bones Do Tell Tales: Forensic Anthropology and Bioarchaeology

July 8-21 2
Black Lives Matter: Race and Policing in the United States July 8-21 2
Equine Science July 8-21 2
Genetics, Genomics & Evolution July 8-21 2
How Business Works July 8-21 2
Hydrology & Climate Change July 8-21 2
Plant Biology: Researching Plant DNA for Tomorrow's Cures July 8-21 2
Summer Transportation Institute July 8-21 2
Sport Management and Leadership Academy July 8-21 2
Summer Engineering Institute July 8-21 2
Summer Design Academy July 8-28 2
Course Name Dates Session
Investigating Genetic Engineering & GMOs July 22-28 3
Music & Technology July 22-28 3
Pre-Veterinary Medicine July 22-28 3
Entrepreneurship: Becoming a Game-Changer July 22-August 4 3
Engaging Communities July 22-August 4 3
Human Health & Movement (Kinesiology) July 22-August 4 3
Modern Astronomy July 22-August 4 3
Sports Broadcasting July 22-August 4 3
Summer Portraiture Intensive July 22-August 4 3
Visualizing Cells in Cancer and Disease July 22-August 4 3


Q&A with UMass Summer Programs:

What type of teen attends your program?

  • We accept applications from rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school
  • Motivated high school students exploring college level academics
  • Students considering UMass as an undergraduate program
  • Local, regional, and international high school students interested in specific research, academic, and social opportunities UMass Summer Programs provides

Where do your participants come from?

Umass Summer Programs is happy to accept U.S. and international high school Sophmores, Juniors, and Seniors. 

Our largest participating demographic is from New England, but a Summer Programs cohort is represented by national and international participation as well.

What should participants expect to learn or take away from your program?

  • Students will develop an understanding of academic and social life at college and how to balance these aspects of higher education life.
  • Participants will come away with a cohort composed of motivated peers and friends. 
  • Students will broaden their social perspective by living independently in a college setting 
  • Through close connection with faculty and motivated peers, participants will develop a deeper understanding of their academic field of interest academically and professionally.

What are past participants saying about your program?

"I had a great time at UMass. It was something new to me, and through it, my eyes were opened to all the possible decisions I could make when deciding my future. I learned new information, met new friends, had a real experience of college all in two wonderful weeks! This program made me like UMass a lot more than before and I'm starting to really consider going there for college. Thank you for accepting me into your program!"

"Fantastic experience from both academic and social perspectives. My daughter developed great new friendships while learning a great deal. She didn't want to come home!"

Gender: Co-Ed

Type: Overnight/Residential

Physical & Mailing Address:
UMass Summer Programs, 408 Goodell, 140 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA USA 01003

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