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"Get to Know UMass Engineering" Events

We invite you to participate in various personalized conversations with current students and faculty throughout the spring to learn more about their experiences and answer any questions you might have as a prospective or newly admitted engineering student.

(And, yes, the food here is as good as you’ve heard. That’s an easy one!)

Virtual Zoom Conversations with Student Tour Guides

The College of Engineering’s Office of Student Affairs (OSA) offers daily in-person tours throughout the semester. If you can’t get to campus, that’s no problem! You can schedule a Zoom conversation with a student tour guide by emailing

URep UMass: Real Talks

This student-only virtual space is open to all prospective students, though especially insightful for students from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, including first generation and LGBTQ+ students. Current students from diverse backgrounds—including engineering students—will introduce you to UMass Amherst, share their stories and experiences, and answer your questions.

During our hour-long URep UMass: Real Talk, you’ll also have the opportunity to ask our Admission Diversity Fellows questions about the UMass student experience and learn tips and tricks that will help you finalize your application to UMass Amherst.

URep UMass: Real Talks will all take place from 7 - 8 p.m. on February 17, March 7, March 28, and April 21.

Register now for a URep UMass: Real Talk.

Revolutionary, Inclusive, Sustainable, Engineering (RISE) Scholars Program

The RISE Scholars Program will offer students specialized academic and social opportunities, including roundtables, luncheons, symposiums, and other events with faculty and alumni, connections with undergraduate peer mentors, specialized academic support, priority space in Engineering Connect RAPs, and more.

The program offers shared programming and specialized programming around four tracks: Leadership, Community, Sustainability, Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Learn more about RISE or apply now.

Residential Academic Programs (RAPs)

As part of an Engineering Connect RAP, you live on the same floor as other engineering students and take a first-year engineering seminar together. Engineering Connect RAPs are available in five different residential communities at UMass, including Northeast, Southwest, and the Commonwealth Honors College. The first-year GPAs of engineering students living in one of our RAPs are higher, and it makes working on group assignments easier!

Learn more about Engineering Connect RAPS or apply now.

Can’t wait to Learn More?

Check out this video on civil engineering major Bridget explaining why she chose UMass.