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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is not too big on campus, but many students do end up pledging and joining. Along with Greek fraternities and sororities, we also have sport fraternities, like club hockey, baseball, and swimming houses. Non-Greek students are mostly indifferent to Greek students, so it does not cause too much of a debate or problem. Fraternities are very popular for parties, however, so many non-Greek students do appreciate them for that. This definitely amps up the social atmosphere here on campus.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports are a huge part of campus life, especially football. As a school, we are not ranked very high for most varsity sports, but the insane amount of spirit and involvement makes up for that. Students are always rallying and tailgating before home games, and of course cheering and showing up for each and every one. The athletic facilities and recreation center are all also very new and impressive. They are clean and big and any student that goes here can easily access them.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live off campus and have not looked into it yet, but from what I have heard from others it is pretty good. There are a lot of options, such as houses, townhouses, and apartments. It is also very easy to find roommates to split the cost with since there are so many students in this town. Houses are great for social gatherings and parties, as well. I have been to several house parties and they are very fun and easy to throw!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I have not been to many off campus restaurants, but from where I have eaten at, it has been good. Amherst is a small town, so there are not many different and diverse options. Of course it has its fast food and popular chain restaurants, but it would be nice to see something new and different. The cost is average. Convenience is excellent - everything is close to campus and easy to get to by either bus, car, or even walking. Student discounts are not applicable in most places, unfortunately. I find this somewhat annoying and think that for a college town, more places should have such discounts.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The campus administration's main goal is to keep us students safe and out of trouble. I think they do a fairly good job in keeping up with that. Although alcohol and noise policies are somewhat strict, they are only doing their job in keeping us out of trouble with the law. Academic policies mainly depend on the professor of the class, but they are usually quite lenient as long as you discuss any specific implications you may have. UMass lets us have fun by allowing tailgates, concerts, and various other fun and social activities. They always provide certain rules and police officers to keep us safe and in check. I would not rate them as completely strict, but rather responsible and fair.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene has its good days and bad days, like every other school. If you're with the right group of friends and looking for a good time I think you will definitely find it. UMass is bumping from Thursday night through Saturday, celebrating another finished week and relaxing after tons of homework and exams. We work hard, but play harder. I have had good experiences at frat houses on Phillips, hanging out and dancing with my girlfriends, but also at a few house parties. The house parties are definitely a lot more relaxed and intimate, allowing you to meet new people and unwind after a stressful week of classes and work. There are always going to be those who do not care about their school work and go and party all the time, but if you are responsible and smart about partying, it will ultimately have a good impact on you. Everybody always needs time to relax and have a little bit of fun!

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I would rate the financial aid in between bad and okay. At first I did indeed receive the financial aid and scholarship I needed - I got a high UMass grant and a work study. However, when it was updated a month or so later, more than half of my grant was gone as well as my work study. I was only left with my tuition waiver from MCAS and loans. I was not very pleased with the financial aid process this year and I hope that next year it works out better and smoother. One tip would be to definitely try and apply for financial aid, even if you do not think you will receive any. It does not cost anything so it is worth a try. You never know what could happen!

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food here is definitely top in the country. We have great variety and quality - sushi bar, vegetarian options, stir fry, salad bar, etc. Dining halls do have the same options every day though so it gets a little repetitive. If you want to spice things up there are also several cafes and takeout places on campus, where you can buy food with your dining dollars from your meal plan. The only bad thing is that dining dollars do not transfer over to the next semester, so you either have to use them all or lose them.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: There are many cultural events and other events that happen on campus. There is always something to do on campus.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Although I received enough financial aid, many of my friends have really bad experiences with financial aid

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Not all cafes are great but the variety and quality of the food is great

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: UMass Amherst has many different options for housing. Their newest buildings and apartments have central air and heating systems. They are very clean and beautiful buildings. The concourse is also very inviting when the weather is nice. Many people lay on the grass or the stone stairs that were built for people to socialize on. One often finds students playing several different games as well. Every single residential area has it own community and that is what I find most endearing about UMass.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't know much about Greek life, but from what I've seen, girls and guys of Greek life groups, they seem very happy and proud, so I guess being a part of Greek life helps students grow into more confident responsible adults. I think students involved in Greek life give back to the community, which is also a good thing.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm not a big fan of athletics, that's because I don't really do sports, but I do love working out at the gym from time to time, and I do like to watch other people play sports such as open volleyball. When I watch them play, I see and take in their energy, which motivates me even more to have a good workout. A lot of the time my school has sports events, and many people attend them, showing great school spirit.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Near my school, in downtown, there are a variety of restaurants, some fast-food style, some sit-down restaurants. The restaurants are diverse, there are restaurants that sell Chinese food, Vietnamese food, Korean food, American food, and more, all of which are pretty tasty too. These restaurants in downtown are not far from campus either, about a 20 minute walk or a 5 minute bus ride.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: My school has strict rules for underage drinking, getting drunk, doing drugs, and some students might do these things, but it's not always that there are a lot of students doing these things, so my school doesn't bring up these rules often. The times that my school does bring up these rules, I don't think it affects students' academic or social lives too much, maybe the school just gives the students an academic warning as well as a social warning.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid process is very simple, just email in some forms and then the school does all the work making the decision whether or not to give students aid. To receive financial aid at my school, tips would be to earn good grades and also check out the scholarships within each department/college.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is so good. There's many options for what to eat.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I currently live on campus but from what I have seen and heard the off campus housing is very good.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've only lived on campus in Kennedy. I know that off campus housing works out to be cheaper (by a little) though. Most people live on campus frosh & soph year.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The Amherst area has so much good food to choose from. Some of my favorite it Rafter's, The Hanger, Athena's, Antonio's, and so much more. There are a lot of student discounts and if you look online you can find them. There is basically any type of food for any ethnicity which is great for students who travel abroad.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I haven't gone to any restaurants but downtown Amherst has some nice ones. For late night delivery you can get wings over amherst, dominos, or other pizza/ect places. You can pretty much get find food somewhere until 4 am on the weekends and 2 am on the week days.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I support the administrations decisions for the most part but some of the things they do does not always work. Recently they have been pretty strict with visitors when there is an event on campus. It does ruin plans if you have friends coming up from a different school, but at the same time it does prevent arrests and keeps us safe. Usually everything they do is in the best interest of the students.

4 College Freshman

Administration: I've had no problems, nor any close calls with getting in trouble. If you're loud, or irresponsible you will get written up at some point, and possibly get basics ($100 course on drinking and drug use). But if you can just contain yourself and think about what you're doing you really won't have any problems.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Umass has been in the news for partying but in almost all cases it has never been Umass students who have gotten arrested. The party scene is very good but can be overwhelming at first. As an underclassman you have to search for parties unless you are in greek life, sports, or know someone older than you. The parties are definitely very fun and usually always happening on the weekends.

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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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