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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Everyone is friendly on campus, the cost of living isn't that bad either for what your getting

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I think the campus strictness is ok, as long as you follow rules your good

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: hockey is fun. football team is not good at all. and i dont like going away to home games.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Huge school, lots of people. You're bound to have a super diverse environment wherever you go. Definitely not a homogeneous campus whatsoever.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: There are good and bad things about the strictness at UMASS. They're really really understanding with certain things that they know that they have no control over due to the sheer number of kids here. They remain helpful yet forceful in enforcing laws and important rules. They listen to the students opinions though. There have been, in the past, protests against how administration or police handled certain issues . Administration is typically open to hearing the opinions and thoughts of the students which I think is cool.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: UMASS tries extremely hard to provide all of the facilities that a student body might ever need. Think of it, we probably have it. And MOST of them are renovated and modernized. They really go for a greener, more friendly environment.

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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you don't like to party, that's totally fine. Contrary to popular belief you don't have to. However, this is a huge school.. which means theres lots of parties. Blarney is a huge blowout that happens every year. Umass kids will use any excuse (or no excuse at all) to throw a rager.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football, basketball and hockey are huge at UMASS. Especially hockey. Everyone loves to go out to the games. Also, we have been really good at basketball so that's getting huge. The best part about athletics though is the gym.. that rec center is enormous and gorgeous and such an amazing facility for athletes and non-athletes alike.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Everyone thinks that going to a huge university means huge 500-person lecture halls. I had one or two of these, but there are a lot of classes that are less than 20 people as well. Professors are average- some are super amazing and some suck. Its just luck of the draw.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: With such a huge school it's hard to judge the value of a degree. Some go on to do amazing things, some do nothing with their degree. I don't know at this point and its hard to generalize.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The great thing about the student body at UMASS is that theres not one "typical" look of a UMASS girl or guy. Sure, there's the stereotypes that go around. But in reality, UMASS is so large and diverse that you will find every type of person here. Seriously. There's new and interesting people everywhere you turn.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: A lot of people struggle with financial aid at UMASS. It's a huge school, and its public so its governement funded. Not a great combination. You can expect weird changes in your financial aid each year, and impossible to deal with customer service. This year I had to appeal for more aid because they reduced mine almost to nothing, and they didn't even accept my appeal. I had to take out a bigger federal loan to cover it. If theres one thing that sucks about umass, its how much they DONT want to give you money.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's endless places to try in Amherst, Northampton, and all around the area. From diners, to Indian food, to Italian, to great coffee shops, to late night pizza... good food everywhere you go.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: UMASS dining has it all. Amazing food of all shapes and sizes. They offer gluten free, veggie, vegan, healthy, organic and kosher options. They have food from all around the world. The hours are nice, and they even do "Late Night" at a couple of the dining halls for yummy midnight snacks. The food is basically different every day, and theres so. many. options. UMASS was ranked number one in dining hall food for a reason!

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Since this is the 5 college area, Amherst is a wonderful little college town. Tons of students everywhere you go, awesome bus system all around the area, great food and great nightlife. People are always out and about since theres so much to do around here.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I know a lot of people feel like Greeks are pretentious and only good for their huge parties, but I've made a LOT of friends in frats and sororities. They're not snobby at all, and greek life is a great way to network and make tons of friends.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms at UMASS are all traditional new england style dorms. Some of them are pretty old and gross (Northeast), some are brand new and beautiful (Commonwealth Honors), and some are really decent and newly renovated (Central and Southwest). It's really cool that they have like 6 different residential areas, because each has it's own feel and it makes the large university seem smaller within your little community. Like I said, the dorms are pretty standard. Nothing special or great about them, but they do the job just fine! Nobody has too many complaints about them! And it's nice that almost every residential area is super close to at least one of the 4 dining halls, and none are too far away from campus.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I've never had a job before just community service

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5 College Freshman

Majors: As soon as I applied I got accepted

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are the best thing to spend time on

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I just live on campus to avoid all the hassle

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Sports at UMass are the best thing to see

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors love to help their students

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Anyone who is willing to work can find the resources

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Leah Kahan
Hometown
New York City
Major
Communications
Grad Year
2015
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Despite the bad parking and unpredictable weather here, it is still hard to find someone who genuinely hates UMass. The University's large size provides its students with more resources and options than smaller schools, so take advantage of this. If you work hard and don't let yourself get too distracted by all the parties, you will be able to avoid some of the pitfalls that plague students who are fresh out of high school and aren't used to such responsibility. A lot of students are concerned with the recent budget cuts, but UMass's financial situation will improve over time and may not even affect future incoming classes. Regardless, going to UMass and experiencing such a multifaceted institution will open doors for you. And, judging from the comments students have made about the University, coming to UMass has truly enriched their lives, academically and socially, and it can do the same for you!

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