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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food here is great. There are so many different options to choose from, including all the different places to go to. All the dining halls have great food and are known for certain foods specifically. The meal plans are great, with dining dollars and unlimited swipes, I can get food whenever I need it.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love living on campus. The dorm I live in is nice and clean along with the buildings that I have classes in. The social atmosphere here is awesome. I have made so many friends and made a lot of new relationships that are great.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't have any experience whatsoever with off campus housing

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Amherst and Northampton are a lot of fun and have a lot of different restaurants

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's not really my scene, but it's easy to not go out and make your own parties that you like to do.

4 College Freshman

Administration: I don't really know much about the administration, but they seem to be interested in everything

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't have much experience dealing with the financial aid office, but they answered my questions when I had them.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Above average compared to a lot of other schools, and they like to experiment but it usually works

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I lived in the new Honors Housing, so everything was new and hadn't broken yet. The dorms are very nice!

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: There are a wide variety of GenEd classes, which is fantastic, but once you get to the upper levels, it's much more difficult to get into a class not in your major. Depending on your program, it can even be difficult to get into classes in your major. Professors are good for the most part, but some seem more invested in research than in teaching classes.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Career Services is a great resource for internships, mock interviews, job fairs, etc. Internships are strongly encouraged.

College Junior

Guys & Girls: I think it's ridiculous to "rate and review" the guys and girls at a school. Why is this category available?

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: For the most part, UMASS is pretty safe. We only occasionally hear about crime, but usually it's someone's laptop being stolen when it was left unattended or something. Most areas of campus are well-lit at night, and there is an escort service if you don't want to walk somewhere alone.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Lots of people attend basketball and hockey games. UMASS just spent millions of dollars on new basketball and football facilities, while some of our classroom buildings are practically falling down.

College Junior

Greek Life: I know absolutely nothing about Greek life

3 College Freshman

Majors: Getting into the school was fine, its definitely a growing college thats getting harder to get into to, but I had an easy process. Getting into my major was fine as well, no difficulties there. Make sure you have a good GPA in order to be able to switch from major to major if you find out that you don't like one.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Tons of major in all different colleges. I switched from Animal Science to Wildlife Ecology & Conservation and it was an easy transition and I have all sorts of interesting classes for my major! Im taking scuba diving in the spring of 2016!

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Amherst is a cute little town thats fun to venture into when you have homework (lots of cute little coffee shops) or on the weekend when you want to go to the bars or out with friends. North hampton is a town about 20minutes away that adorable and has lots of shopping and fun things to do as well. Great local area

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!

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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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