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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living in Central, I met many like-minded, open-minded, environmentally-conscience, and socially-aware people. Living in this dormitory area my freshman year set me up for success. I met my potentially life long friends due to my residential location. I lived in the most central of central locations. I was a short walk from all of my classes, right across the street from Franklin Dining Commons, and brisk walk to town. Additionally, living in the basement of my dorm was convenient because I was down the hall from the laundry room, so I didn't have to lug my laundry down five flights of stairs like some of my friends. Not to mention the vending machine was also in my hallway, which helped me get through many a late night study session.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: The process of applying for financial aid, while lengthy, was easily done; however, the review was not so well done. Being of a single parent residence with about half the income of out-of-state tuition per year, I feel I should have been awarded more money.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are four fantastic dining halls on campus. Hampshire DC and Berkshire DC undoubtably being the best, with the most variety and best atmosphere. They also have guest chefs come from different countries (like the Canadian chefs that came) and they get all decked out. Comparatively, Franklin DC and Worcester DC have atmosphere's more like your high school cafeteria. They also don't have much variety day to day. One plug I will give to Worcester is late night. This facility is open until 12 midnight each night, as is Berkshire.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Im only a freshman, lived on campus this year and next year too. dont have experience to rate it

College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene is what you make it. If you aren't into it, just dont go. If you wanna have a good time only you can be in charge of that

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of options and places to go that are unique to the area. LOVE IT

College Freshman

Administration: I only rate them on what I hear. haven't really had to deal with them to much so i feel i can not properly rate them

College Freshman

Scholarships: I need aid but am not eligible to get any because of my background

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: I have no complaints about the food, but I do wish that there was more meal plans open to freshman and sophomores instead of just value and unlimited

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It was very nice for a college freshman dorm. The only thing was not a ton of privacy, which was partially my fault because I allowed my roommate to have her boyfriend there

3 College Sophomore

Administration: While the administration itself isn't extremely strict or intense in terms of punishing students, it has a tendency to make very questionable choices in terms of how it spends it's money and how it chooses to discipline the whole student body.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus, so I don't know much about this. It's easy to find an apartment though.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Amazing! So much fun every weekend, or even a lot of weeknights

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Don't use it much, but when I do it's good

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is literally amazing here.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing is average, definitely not bad. It is unique to have 5 20+ story towers to live in as well.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: UMass is great about making off-campus housing available.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are five colleges in the area so there's a lot of affordable restaurants in town.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Administration overreacts to things but only when they affect the whole school

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got the aid I needed but now that tuition's going up I don't know if I will

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: There's a reason it's number one in the country.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Honors housing is a huge plus

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a bunch of options on where to live off-campus and the school has programs that people can go to learn more about the process and lifestyle. The options are fairly close some at least 15 minutes away from campus.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: You can generally find a party going on any day of the week on and off campus. Some of the parties are fun or some are really small and awkward. The parties are okay. The students have fun and relax, but still manage to get their work done.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of places to eat off campus. You could walk or take a bus into town and there are different varieties of restaurants, from Italian to Chinese to Mexican food. Some of the places are only common to Amherst town, but they have great food. If not, you can take the bus or drive towards Hampshire Mall. There are a bunch of shops and fast food chains that people are more familiar with in the plaza.

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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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