Academic Resources

The College of Natural Sciences (CNS) and UMass Amherst offer a wide variety of academic resources.

Academic resources

CNS Academic Advising
The CNS Academic Advising office handles general undergraduate academic advising and information regarding academic matters such as registration, add/drop procedures, repeat options, withdrawals, academic discipline, referral information. The CNS Academic Advising office is located in 220 Morrill II. The number is (413) 545-1969.
Departmental Advising
If you are having questions or problems regarding undergraduate classes or requirements within your major, keep in mind that each department has an undergrad advisor who can help.
University Registrar
The Office of the University Registrar assists with transcripts and academic records.
Student-Athlete Services
Trying to balance the demands of school with an active athletic schedule is a challenge. But if you are a student athlete looking for a little help, Student-Athlete Services can help you with advising, tutoring, and other academic boosters.
Academic Calendar
All the important dates and deadlines for each semester are listed on the Academic Calendar.
SPIRE Tutorials
Getting Started on SPIRE
Finding Classes on SPIRE
Enrolling in Classes on SPIRE
Advanced Placement Credits
Incoming students may receive advanced standing and/or credit for the College Board AP exams. Credits vary depending upon scores and subject matter. For more information, contact the Admissions Office.
Commonwealth Honors College
The Commonwealth Honors College offers a tightly knit community for students seeking more academic rigor in their field of study. All CNS students who meet the eligibility requirements can join Commonwealth Honors College, which offers a rewarding opportunity to meet students who share the same intellectual enthusiasm, work more closely with professors, and pursue independent research as part of a capstone experience. CHC students are invited to participate in small, intensive classes, interdisciplinary seminars, honors colloquia, and community service learning courses, as well as national and overseas study programs.
Learning Commons at the W.E.B. Dubois Library
The W.E.B. Dubois Library is open 24 hours a day. You'lll find great resources there including the Learning Commons, with comfortable places to study, wireless internet and network ports, multiple print and computer workstations, laptop rentals, and a popular café. You can also access library assistance, academic advising, and technical support.

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Tutoring

Learning Resource Center (LRC)
Struggling in chem or calculus? Located on the 10th floor of the library, the Learning Resource Center offers talented peer tutoring and advising in a comfortable environment to assist with academic challenges.
Writing Center
The Writing Center provides free, 30-minute tutoring sessions designed to help you in any step of your writing (from brainstorming to editing). It is located in the northwest corner of the W.E.B. DuBois Library's Learning Commons.
Math Tutoring
The department of Mathematics and Statistics offers math tutoring for a variety of classes.

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Student support

Dean of Students Office
The Dean of Students Office provides students with the support, resources, and referrals that will help you succeed at UMass Amherst.
Disability Services
If you are a student living with a disability, Disability Services will help you with classes, living situations, and other accommodations that you may need. Their office is located in 231 Whitmore.
English as a Second Language Office
The English as a Second Language Office helps assure the academic success of UMass Amherst students who are not native English speakers.
International Programs Office
The International Programs Office provides important services for International Students and Scholars and Education Abroad and Exchange programs.
Center for Multicultural Affairs and Student Support (CMASS)
Center for Multicultural Affairs and Student Support (CMASS) provides academic support, cultural enrichment, student development and support for institutional diversity on the UMass Amherst campus.
The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) at UMass Amherst
The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation seeks to increase enrollment, retention, graduation and participation in research of undergraduate students from underrepresented groups seeking degrees in the STEM disciplines.
The Center for Women and Community
The Center for Women and Community is a multicultural campus-based center sponsors different campus and community in an effort to promote educational access and equity for women, empower women to take full control of their lives, and strengthen connections among women.
The Stonewall Center
The Stonewall Center at UMass Amherst is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) educational resource center that serves the campus, the Five Colleges, and the surrounding community by providing cultural and educational programming; ally training sessions; a speakers bureau; a DVD, video, and book library; information and referrals; support for individuals who experience harassment and discrimination; advocacy for LGBTQIA students at UMass Amherst; and community outreach through Queer-e, its weekly listserv of LGBTQIA and Allies Five-College and local events.
Ombuds Office
Ombuds Office is an impartial and confidential resource for all campus students and employees ensures fair and equitable treatment on campus and provides mediation and conflict resolution services.

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Financial support

Scholarships
CNS offers more than 100 scholarships for students majoring in CNS disciplines. Please see our scholarships page for information about the individual awards and how to apply.
Financial Aid Office
In addition to helping you fund your education, the Financial Aid Office helps you understand the cost of a UMass Amherst education, eligibility requirements, how financial need is determined, your rights and responsibilities regarding your aid package, and more.
New England Regional Students Program (NERSP)
Through the New England Regional Students Program (NERSP), students from New England who enroll in a major not offered by a public institution in their home state may pay tuition of only 50 percent above the Massachusetts resident rate. If you are eligible for this program check the NERSP box on the university application. No additional application is required.

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Off-campus opportunities

Take Advantage of the Five Colleges
The Five College Consortium enables UMass Amherst students to take classes at no extra cost at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith colleges—all linked by a free bus system. You can start taking classes at the other four colleges during your second semester and may take up to three classes per semester. UMass students can also participate in and have access to facilities, libraries, cultural, and social events on these campuses.
Domestic Exchange
If you want a change of pace without leaving the country, consider spending a semester or year at another U.S. college or university. Through the Domestic Exchange Office, UMass students can choose to study at over 160 participating schools at no extra cost in places such as Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, California, or even as close as Connecticut. With proper planning, going on a domestic exchange should not impact on your expected graduation date.
Studying Abroad
CNS students may take advantage of a variety international exchange programs. The International Programs Office offers a range of semesterly and yearly opportunities, and there are plenty of English-speaking options, even in non-English countries. Students who choose to study abroad typically go during their junior year. Proper planning should enable you to graduate on time.

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Internships and jobs

The Student Employment Office
A great resource for all students, the Student Employment Office posts job listings for both on- and off-campus employment including work-study opportunities.
Career Services
Mary Ellen Liseno (meliseno [at] acad [dot] umass [dot] edu) is the Career Services contact for CNS majors. She will help you with resumes, interviewing, internships, and your plans post-UMass. The Career Services Center is located at 512 Goddell; (413) 545-2224.
Contribute to the Community
The Office of Community Service Learning has many opportunities for all types of service projects. Being involved in a community project can help you develop as a person while making a difference!

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Campus health services

University Health Services
University Health Services (UHS),serves UMass Amherst students, faculty and staff, along with their spouses, domestic partners, and dependents. Visitors who become ill or injured can be seen at UHS on a fee-for-service basis. UHS offers appointments and walk-in care.
Center for Counseling and Psychological Services
Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CCPH) provides confidential services that include crisis intervention, short-term counseling for individuals, couples and families, support and therapy groups, behavioral medicine, medication management and an eating disorders clinic.
Psychological Services Center
When you need psychological support for a longer time frame, the Psychological Services Center (PSC) offers low-cost mental health services. The APA-accredited community mental health clinic is operated by the Division of Clinical Psychology, in the Department of Psychology.

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