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About UA&LC

Undergraduate Advising & Learning Communities (UA&LC) is a university-sponsored unit incorporating a variety of academic programs and student support services.

As a group of academic units we work together to enhance the college experience for all UMass Amherst undergraduate students.  

  • We collaborate with partners across campus to provide a comprehensive First-Year Experience program.
  • We supply leadership to the faculty and deans of all the university's undergraduate schools and colleges to provide a comprehensive academic advising experience for undergraduate students.
  • We serve as a resource for all undergraduate students who have questions or are looking for ways to enrich their academic experience on and off campus.

Residential Academic Programs (RAP) provide incoming first-year students with a variety of academic learning community options to make UMass Amherst a 'smaller place'. Prospective students should explore all the opportunities as there are progams to match all students interests and needs. 

Through Undergraduate Advising we offer specialized programs for students who have not yet declared a major and wish to explore the wide array of academic programs at the University. Undeclared students have an opportunity to work closely with an advisor exploring their strengths and goals as well as learning about the various major, minor and certificate opportunities prior to committing to an academic field of study. Academic advising services are integrated with specialized academic programs to enhance our students' intellectual growth, personal development, and academic success.

The Domestic Exchange  and Five College Interchange programs provide all UMass Amherst students with outstanding opportunity to enhance their college experience!

The Bachelor's Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC) program, for students wishing to work with faculty to design their own interdisciplinary majors, is an affiliated unit to UA&LC.


Pamela R. Marsh-Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost & Dean

This website is part of Undergraduate Advising & Learning Communities. We provide undergraduate students a variety of opportunities and services designed to facilitate the best academic experience possible. 609 Goodell Building, UMass Amherst.

UA&LC Units: Undergraduate Advising, Residential Academic Programs, Domestic Exchange Programs, Five College Interchange