In accordance with the federal FERPA law, all University employees are legally and ethically obligated to protect the confidentiality of student records. Our FERPA Certification process is designed to ensure that you are familiar with the provisions of the law and that you are prepared for the day-...
Select classes to add
In the SPIRE Menu, go to Enrollment > Add Classes. Alternately, on your Student Center SPIRE Home page, select Enrollment: Add Classes from the other academic... drop-down list or click one of the enrollment links to the left of or below your class schedule....
Undergraduate students: You can find advising information in the Advisor box on your Student Center in SPIRE.
Graduate students: With some exceptions in the School of Education, your advisor's information is not available through your Student Center in SPIRE. TIP: Use People Finder to find your...
Need to change your OIT Account password? Use the SPIRE option Change My Password.
How to change your OIT Account password
Note: Changing your OIT Account password applies to everything you logon to using your NetID, including SPIRE, UMail, UDrive, Moodle, etc.
Logon to SPIRE using your NetID...
About Clearing Cache
"Clearing cache" means deleting what's stored in the browser's memory, including files, cookies, and browsing history.
Clear your browser's cache periodically for security reasons and to improve the performance of SPIRE.
Be sure to clear your browser cache after...
View the Course History Page
Under the Academics heading on your Student Center, go to the other academics... drop-down list and click the double arrow to see the list.
Select Course History from the list. The My Course History page opens.
Work with Course History
The My Course History...
About Your Class and Final Exam Schedules
Students and instructors, update your calendars with your class and final exam schedules! Download your class and/or final exam schedules from SPIRE, then import them into your preferred calendaring tool (e.g., Apple iCal, Google Calendar, Microsoft...
In the SPIRE Menu, go to Enrollment > Drop Classes. The Select classes to drop page will open, listing all the classes for which you are currently registered or waitlisted. Alternately, on your Student Center SPIRE Home page, select Enrollment: Drop Classes from the other academic... drop-down...
The Edit Classes option allows you to update your enrollment preferences (e.g., number of credits, instructor's name, grading options) for classes that you have already added to your schedule. It is best to make these changes before the end of the registration period.
You can also use this option...
The Emergency Contacts page lists the name, address, and telephone number of the individual(s) who should be contacted on your behalf in case of an emergency. Because SPIRE is the primary source of information for most offices on campus (including the UMass Police), it is important that you add...
Use SPIRE to enroll in UMass Amherst University and some Continuing & Professional Education classes.
Your Enrollment Checklist
Check your Enrollment Appointment: This is the time window within which you can enroll in for classes.
Clear any holds. A hold on your record restricts your...
Enrollment Appointment Essentials
The Enrollment Appointment is the time window during which you can register for classes in SPIRE. Check your appointment to see your personalized start and end dates for registration for this term.
You cannot register before or after your appointment. Make...
Students leaving the University automatically have access to UMail for 6 months after their last enrollment date. You can now use SPIRE to extend your UMail account for 6 additional months.Note:
This extension applies only to UMail and does not cover any other OIT services.
The Waiver applies only to financial and housing information
The Waiver does not cover your academic record (e.g., grades, credits, etc.). When you activate your Waiver in SPIRE, you select the type of information (financial and/or housing) your designees can request from the University.
FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) is a federal law protecting the confidentiality of student records. In compliance with FERPA, the University of Massachusetts Amherst must have students’ written permission in order to release information from their records to any third party...
The FERPA Privacy Waiver is limited to two categories of information: financial and housing. This page explains exactly what you are disclosing when selecting these categories on the Add/Edit Designees page in SPIRE.
Note: Under this Waiver, University staff cannot discuss academic information (e.g...
Use SPIRE to find out the date, time, and location of all your final exams. Final exam information is available only if:
A class requires you to take a final exam. Some classes may have other requirements such as a final paper, etc.
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The class has the final exam scheduled in SPIRE...
About Graduation Data
For undergraduate students pursuing degree or certificate programs, the Graduation Data page displays your active program(s) and plan(s). As applicable, you can view and update your expected graduation term, your name as you want it to appear on...
Use the MassPirg/Child Care Waiver to remove these fees from your University bill for a given term.
Log on to SPIRE. On your Student Center, click the MassPirg/Child Care Waiver link under the Finances heading.
The top of the Mass Pirg and Child Care Waiver page displays the current term...
Students, go to your Message Center to view secure communications from University offices such as the Registrar's Office or Financial Aid.
Choose to hide messages after you read them by clicking the associated Hide link. You can still view messages after they are hidden: choose whether or not...