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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There's a lot of pride on this campus, which is exactly what I wanted.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Every time I mention the school's name, people are impressed.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Umass has every student take an online activity about alcohol, drugs, and rape to ensure every student understands risks, ethics, and places to get help for anything.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: My school feels like a home away from home, so yeah

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I personally have never been in one, but there are great people that participate and keep them involved with the campus.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: All the games and meets are fun to attend, many people go to support.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: 100% of my professors were GREAT this year. They were super accommodating, approachable, glad to provide information. However, there are some nasty ones. If possible, steer clear of new professors. I don't want to sound mean, but students generally have tremendous problems with them. There are also professors who are really at UMass for research, not teaching. The best thing to do in those situations is get to know the professor best you can and do the best you can.

The average intro level class size is about 200-400 students. The more advanced courses are usually 30-80. Honors courses are about 10-20.

Classes are usually lecture style, some courses have discussion sections (where you get into smaller groups and discuss material) or lab sections.

There are about 70 majors, and as a result, there are hundreds of different courses to take. Some individual courses have such diverse material that they cover 3 GenEd requirements.

Lastly, unfortunately, as a result of the university being so big, getting into classes is extremely tough because you can't register until your specific registration date and time which is usually based on the number of credits that you have.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have not used career services. I will say that students who are proactive and take things into their own hands (such as myself. Story: I met up with the professor I wanted to work for in person and requested a position in their lab) can certainly get an internship. Applying for internships is extremely tough because it is super competitive. However, if you talk to the right people at UMass, they can help you get into labs over the summer.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. We are not allowed to carry pepper spray or other sorts of defense weapons on campus and I haven't felt a need for one. I also know that I am surrounded by a student body that is staunchly against sexual assault and rape and is, for the most part, more than willing to step in, and did step in when one of my friends were at risk. The safety concerns usually involve alcohol use and the school hopes to address that. The only issues I've seen with security is the problems with the student escort service. Because it's strictly volunteer and student run, the service is unable to provide the 24/7 service that it speaks of.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It depends on if you're living in the freshman dorms or upperclassmen dorms. It also depends on which residential area you live in. I lived in a crampy dorm this year but next year I will be in upperclassman housing and my dorm is much bigger. Another huge difference is living in the Honors College. Unlike any other dorms on campus, the Honors dorms have AC, carpet flooring, modern design. They just happen to be more expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are soooooo many activities that you can do at UMass! I am a Biochemistry major and I am so happy that I attend this university! The program is amazing! They _strongly_ encourage getting involved in research and they won't make you wait. By second semester of my freshman year, I was already involved. The biggest problem that I have had is financial support. I happen to know some administrators who give me the scoop on things, so I know for sure that they are doing the best they can to support us, but the lack of scholarship opportunities available for freshman or non-Honors College students is disheartening. It's an amazing school, though, and I've had a great experience so far.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have met some of the best professor, students and class I ever took. I learn a lot as a freshman from improving as a individual and a student. However, there were some aspects were I face challenges but still overcome it such as improving my grades.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are many resources and events for networking and building your career interest. I love going to those events because it allows me to network and expand my views on different careers path. My college does a good job on preparing students into the real world.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Every year, there is a course/survey we have to take about Health and Safety. This is a positive and a good way to make students aware of their own limits and surrounding.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorm I am living in looks wonderful but I wish there was A.C for the summer. Great community and easy to meet friends inside the dorm.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek Life is not a interest in me, but I know friends who are in greek life. Everyone treats you the same even if you are not in greek life.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are faculties that support and put their energy on making Umass Amherst the best Athlete teams.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My freshman year was okay, learn a lot in both academic and personal skills while also face a few challenges.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great alumni network and career opportunities

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe environment, needs improvement for women

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Comfy and quiet, go Thatcher!

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Too much money going to a failing football team

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The GenEd professors tended to not care about the students. They were probably just there for research. I've had great professors who cared about the students in many of my higher level classes both in and out of my major.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: You get what you pay for. The network of former UMass students is huge, but they tend to not be as invested as private college alumni.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I always feel safe walking around the campus at night. UMass sends out a lot of crime alerts to let you know when something is going on.

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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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