Location
Amherst, MA
Undergrads
20,306
Tuition (in-state)
$26,830 ($13,415)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2322 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Junior

Academics: I think the academics are great, there are so many classes to take along with those at the 5 colleges. Unlike a small school you have to find your way yourself and be more proactive, people don't do things for you.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Amherst and the campus are very safe, I am a girl and i walk home alone at night and I feel safe.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: The diversity is kind of hidden until you get to know people. While most people are from MA, they come from diverse backgrounds. I grew up in Europe, my best friend is from Lebanon but lives in MA currently, so there is a lot of diversity once you get to know people.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: We are not as crazy as everyone seems to think we are. There are not dorm parties pretty much ever due to strict RAs, off campus parties are fun, but you usually have to know people there unless it is a frat. Bars are also really fun once your 21.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Most people live off campus junior and senior year and there are lots of different options, from houses to apartments.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Amherst has great eating options, lots of cute places for either something fancy or casual. Northampton which is clsoe buy also has tons of places.

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4 College Junior

Computers: There are computers to use in most academic buildings, but most people bring their own, but they are not needed in class. I always use a notebook instead although some people choose to use a laptop.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: If you want to be involved you can, many teams allow try-out and walk ons. It is very time demanding if you chose to participate. The DI teams are well attended, especially hockey and basketball games are really fun and popular to go to.

5 College Junior

Majors: I am a biochemistry major and while it is one of the most difficult majors on campus (I study all the time), the professors in the 500 levels and great and show a real interest in their students.

5 College Junior

Majors: My major allows you to go abroad, so lab research if you pursue it, and work closely with professors if you choose to.

1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are people drinking almost every night, there are tons of parties every weekend, and drinking in the dorms is a common occurrence.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek isn't really a big thing but the frats do throw some pretty good parties, so I have heard.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in the brand-new honors college dorms so here the atmosphere, amenities, and convenience are great. However, the cost is high and the housing process is extremely frustrating and difficult.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is little to do off campus/in town and the local residents do not like living in an area with partying college students.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The public health major is unique in that you can choose a science track or a social science track and you can create your own collateral field.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I really enjoy my program, I find all the information that I am learning about very interests. I have many interests/career goals that include working for the CDC, going abroad, and/or being a hospital administrator.

3 College Freshman

Majors: The public health major provides a lot of variety and the ability to mold your major to your interests which is good only if you know what your interests are. The internship possibilities are dismal however. Also, the major is growing quickly but the staff and course sections are not growing proportionally.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The wifi is pretty good inside any building. The computers and printers in the library are generally accessible.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: School spirit is pretty low and most games (besides men's hockey) are attended by most students only when they are drunk or if free tee shirts are included. The facilities are nice though.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: If you know people, you can have a pretty good time and get in to places but you have to walk rather far to get there or take a cab.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: When you go off campus to eat there are plenty of good places to go to, as long as you are willing to travel.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The buildings are somewhat older. Overall, decent.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Didn't have any issues, financial aid office is pretty helpful

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Typical New England weather; cool fall, freezing winters, warm spring, and hot summers

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife at UMass is really fun the first year. Lots of music and dancing! After that though, it all seems to go down hill. For people of drinking age, there arent any good clubs, just the local bars.

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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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