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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: it took me a little while to get used to going away to school and finding my place in a new community. Overall, I really enjoyed the people there. There were the ones who made the experiences very memorable.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: If you are out-of-state, and going home would take 4+ hours. Rethink going to UMass, it's hard to get home besides the bus. Considering Boston is 2+ hours away, going to the airport is a big hassle. Additionally, it's kind of pricey out of state. Also, Amherst is extremely rural, more rural than I ever thought! Keep that in mind. Also, there is no diversity whatsoever, don't let anyone fool you. In good news, It's nice having the 5 college consortium, it has a great campus, the on campus food is amazing, and parties are relatively easy to find. But, if I could go back to high school senior year and re-think my college decision, I probably wouldn't pick UMass.

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Although my preference is to travel and get out of New England, UMass Amherst has been great for me. Iv'e been able to get out of my shell due to the campus giving me so many opportunities to meet new people through clubs of my major and different events I've been able to attend. The academics have really challenged me. My first semester transferring I had a hard time dealing with the adjustment of moving to a new campus, learning the building, getting to know new people, and on top of that I had to focus on working a job and getting the highest grades I could in the classes I was enrolled in at that time. Second semester, one of the councilors for the department of my major reached out to me and helped me through my time management of juggling all of these new things I had to deal with. The most important thing UMass Amherst has over the school I transferred from is that they actually show they care about their students.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Overall Experience: UMASS has lots of great opportunities to get involved and enhance your education, but if you don't actively seek them out, it's very easy to get lost in the shuffle. You really have to be your own advocate here. They make a really good effort to help you get to know people and adjust well in your first year, but after that, you're on your own with making friends and getting to know the people who live around you. There are so many majors to choose from if you decide you want to switch, which is a great advantage.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The atmosphere of the school is great. I wouldn't trade it for anything other than UMass Amherst.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: UMass Amherst is my second home.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school gives you a lot options to do different things.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I couldn't be happier with my choice to attend UMass Amherst. The classes are challenging and push you to work harder and become a better student. Attending a large school was intimidating at first but now that I've spent the year at UMass I can't imagine going to a smaller school. Like they said when I toured, "You can make a large school feel small but you can't make a small school feel large." Joining clubs like the Red Cross Club, the Communication Disorders Club, and Alpha Lambda Delta have helped me make connections to people easily which has made me feel more at home. There are so many opportunities at a larger school including clubs, job opportunities, class selection, wider selection of majors/minors, study abroad options, etc. College is the time to explore interests that you maybe never even new you had! I've been dancing since I was four and being at such a large school offered so many options for my dance career. I didn't want to major in dance but I wanted to join a small team with less of a commitment than the football/basketball dance team had. I auditioned for Stage Crew Dance Team in the fall and I couldn't be happier to be a part of my wonderful team. UMass has truly become my home and I can't wait to go back in a short amount of time!

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: School isn't awful, but it isn't great either.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The school is amazing. The academic and social life is great and the campus is fun overall. Academics are tough bit its worth it in the end!

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Easing into the college life has been easy so far and I have always felt comfortable during this transitional phase.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: What I like most about is that there are so many people that attend my school and I have met so many people and made many friends.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school has great food, it's a big campus, great events, great recreation center, an alright system of public transportation, a lot of opportunities to study abroad. To me, the people make the place. The people are alright. I am from a very big and diverse city in New York so the diversity and tolerance in Amherst is nothing compared to where I am from. The people of color stick to eachother while the people who are not of color stick to eachother also. It's about finding where you belong that makes the experience better, For a really urban kid like me from such huge city with different kinds of people, the adjustment was harder. Most people are from small towns so the big environment can be a great new experience for these people. Overall I'm glad I attend UMass but ofcourse no place is perfect.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school has delicious food.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have no complaints about UMass Amherst. It is in the perfect location and it is the perfect size. It offers everything I could possible need/want!

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Commuter school first year since I had a full ride. It was okay but not great since I didn't get to experience typical college life

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The school is awesome and I cant wait to go in the fall

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love this school. It's so big so there's lots to do with many unique people.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I've been really fortunate to have a great college experience thus far. I've been taught by brilliant professors and have created lifelong friendships; I've created connections from professors to (hopefully) future employers, studied abroad to Edinburgh, Scotland last summer and I'm currently interning at a theater company that I would love to work at someday.

UMass Amherst is unique because it's a large public university nestled in the very quaint and historic town of Amherst, Massachusetts. It is one of five colleges in a consortium where students can also enroll in courses at Smith College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke and Amherst College with all of the credits transferred. What's not to like about my school?

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My school has everything I looked for in a college. The only problem was the location, but the other benefits outweighed that con. I believe my school is underrated due to the reputation they received and are unable to shake. I hope one day people will recognize that it is a great school. If I had to do it over again, I would make the same choice.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love my school because it is a large school that attracts people from various backgrounds, however I am a student in the Commonwealth Honors College so it makes the school feel smaller when it needs to be. I have met people exactly like me and people entirely different, yet somehow we crossed paths and my life will be better because of each and every one of them. In addition to social life, academics are more than I expected. I love my major. Pertaining to athletics, I love being the treasurer of the Alpine Ski Team. Being a club sport is difficult, but it is exactly how I wanted to continue my love for the sport in college.

1 person found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Great animal science program, great research opportunities, and overall very relaxing and friendly environment. Amazing science courses.

1 person found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I love attending a large school. While lectures are large and informal, I found myself making friends in every class. The small group discussions were where I felt least comfortable because everyone would sit there silently. Having a big school afforded me the opportunity to take a wide range of classes on my schedule. Sometimes there were more than three teachers teaching the same class each semester. I had the ability to choose the teacher I liked best at the time that worked best for me. You will still have a close knit group of friends at a large school. You will just also have more options.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love Umass Amherst, great food, sports, academic programs, and most importantly a great community.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: First semester was challenging and all but I got the hang of it on my spring semester.

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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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