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Reviews 3108 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Sometimes the classes are too big, so I can't find a spot to sit. Sometimes buildings are too far apart so I have to run to find a seat. Some professors are very kind while some don't really care about you (as they make it somewhat obvious).

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: People who work with the school are generally very kind, motivated, and encouraging.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel comfortable walking by myself even at night.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The room is much tinier than I expected but the location is great for classes and going to the gym.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Some professors mention school sports teams and cheer them on.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My school is unique because almost every student I've met is kind or polite.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So far at Umass i have had a great experience filled with educational programs and an outstanding community.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school really gives students the opportunity to take place in jobs or interships to expand the chances of success outside of campus and after graduation.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The school from the dining options to the late night security care deeply about the health and safety of the student body.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It is a college dorm and though its not outstanding I would not want to live anywhere else on campus but in the Southwest dorms

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not in greek life so i can not confidently tell you how it is.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The teams might not always win but the student body is still supportive.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: At first coming to Umass i was very overwhelmed but today it feels like a home away from home and place to grow, to expand my mind and personality

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life at university is limited. It is not very popular, and most students do not rush or join. The majority of the student body views Greek life as close to nonexistent, because they do not do much. They are supposed to do many fundraisers and drives, but they really are only known for their party life. The student body also does not appreciate the actions of the fraternities on campus. Most of them are known for assault and rape. Overall, greek life really is not great.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The courses at UMass are pretty vast. However, there are so many restrictions on these classes that it makes it impossible for other majors to explore different fields of science, literature, and the arts. This causes class choice to be very limiting. UMass also has a large student body that is always competing for the same classes. The limiting variety often causes class scheduling to be an issue, and most students not getting into the classes they want. Unless a student has more priority because they came in with extra credit from high school, it is very hard to get into classes.

Professors on campus are also not that great. There are many that truly care about the students. For one, my math professor offers many opportunities to do well in her class, and my research professor is very approachable. However, the general consensus on campus is that the professors in the science department do not do much to help their students. Most of the professors are only interested in their personal research, so their dedication to their students is highly limited.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The university makes a large effort to contact students and provide opportunities for internships. There are many flyers that are placed in convenient locations on campus -- bulletin boards, outside professor's rooms, and outside large lecture halls. However, the quality of many internships is low. Most internships require students work over 50-60 hours with no pay. For many, paying for college tuition is a large struggle. In that regard, working in a field with many hours and no pay is unappealing. The quality of some internships in the science department is also average. Due to liability, most students cannot get experience in fields that require hands-on work.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus is pretty safe. We have little devices that are scattered around campus that allow someone to press a button to alert campus safety that they are in distress. Response times however, could be better. There are also many students that have been sexually assaulted, and/or raped. This could be prevented if campus security was much more restrictive of alcohol on campus. I do not feel safe when I hear that many girls are assaulted at parties, hence why I have never felt comfortable going to one. Campus crime is normally very low, but there have been cases of robbery and guns being drawn out. A plus point however, is that our university provides a number that can be called from 12am-3am that allows a person to be escorted back home if they don't feel safe or if they are under the influence. I feel safe for the most part on campus, but I definitely think security could be much better and improved upon.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: School spirit at UMass is not that popular. Most students spend more time participating in tailgating than the actual sports games itself. The football team is not very good, so most students do not participate in attending the games. Overall, fan spirit and football spirit is very low. However, UMass makes up for its football team through its ice hockey team. The team on campus is talented and experienced. They do well, and the fan support is adequate. In general, UMass has a decent sports team and decent tailgating events, but the fan support and school spirit on campus is not obvious by any means.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My overall experience at UMass Amherst was satisfactory. I'm not a avid advocate of the university because I find it to be very focused on its partying aspect. I'm a pretty serious student who likes to have small social gatherings that involve smart decisions. Education is of the highest importance to me, and I personally think that most students here don't seem to care much about their academics. While the food is acceptable and the club options are vast, I think the culture on campus is a little too far fetched for me. If I had an opportunity to do this all over again, I would apply to a school that had a smaller student body, and had smaller classes. UMass is notorious for huge lecture classes, and I feel that professors and students do not get to create important bonds that are necessary for success in college. I would also focus on a school with a more serious, hardworking, and dedicated student body.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Umass is a great school if you cannot afford anything else. classes are huge and professors are not that accommodating

1 College Junior

Overall Experience: the internships the school offers have got to be joke. They expect us to work 80+ hours a week for an internship UNPAID...who has the time or money for that when they are trying to afford a college degree...

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: while I feel safe walking across campus, the sexual assault issues in not only umass, but all colleges needs to be fixed

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: my room last year was so small my roommate and i could hold hands while laying in our beds. It is such a nightmare to pick a room and the housing office is no help.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: I hate greek life, sororities aren't that bad but frats might actually be where satan was born

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3 College Junior

Athletics: I really dont care about sports and dont know many people who do, but we have a really nice rec center

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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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