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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There's a reason UMass is known for it's dining. Although the plan is expensive. The dining halls provide good food but some off the options get tiring unless you can get to the better dining halls. A lot of the better options arent available on the meal plan either. Unless you are an upper classman that can afford the upper level plans

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: On campus housing is huge at Amherst. Each residential area provides something else. Northeast has lower quality dorms but are in a great spot for STEM majors. Orchard Hill has nice dorms and facilities but is farther away. South West is the high-rise style party scene. Central has about the same quality of Northeast but with closer proximity to Humanities majors.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The UMPD is always patrolling and does a good job at keeping most people safe. However, people tend to get sexually assaulted at parties or binge drink, which the cops cannot control as much.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: My sister was in a sorority here and loved it. I have been to a few frat parties and know some brothers and I can assuredly say I will not be joining. I just don't see the point.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Many of my friends have already gotten off-campus housing and they love the independence. It is not a far drive to campus but they do feel like they need to have their cars.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Most everyone is down to have a good time, no matter how loud or lowkey you prefer. There are countless spots on campus over the weekend that you can find a party. However, if you want to stay in and do homework, there are plenty of spots for that too.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Most restaurants are in the center of Amherst and so they are easy to walk to. The price is reasonable and there are a few spots with delicious food. Chain restaurants are also available.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: I like the food better at school better than the food at home. There are tons of options and everything tastes great!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The new Honors dorms are a spectacle, and were a luxury to live in for a year. Other residential areas like Northeast could use some better lighting and air conditioning. Overall, the campus is beautiful.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Not the best, and not the worse. Too big for administration to manage, even for the police. Too many people for that bystander effect to not come in play.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I don't have an issue with UMass's financial aid in particular, as the aid department is very friendly and helpful. I have an issue with federal aid as a whole. The FAFSA is a bitch to complete and has to be redone every year. Why does an in-state, public education cost as much as a new car? Why do the interest rates for student loans create crippling debt? Post-secondary education is often necessary for success in our post-industrial society, so why is it's affordability so poor? How can producing graduates who are saddled with debt be good for a recovering economy? So many questions and the majority of one of our primary political parties wants to cut funding for education.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I couldn't imagine eating at a University that has Aramark or Sodexo prepare their food. I applaud UMass for having its own dining services. They also compost and recycle at every eating establishment on campus. Many of the vegetables are locally sourced and certain dining commons have events that bring even more to the plate. However, Worcester DC is mediocre compared to the other DCs and seems to have difficulty cooking its grains and veggies properly and keeping its salad bar fresh. The DCs are also not very vegan-friendly, as most dishes have egg or dairy. However, the other on-campus eating options, such as Blue Wall, are fantastic. If the DCs were equivalent in quality, UMass would be food Xanadu.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: We have friendly teams, great athletic facilities, and a lot of sports to get involved in. Almost every sport is explored.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Needs severe improvement. More people need to join and the Fraternity leaders need to reform.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Town of Amherst sucks. They have a brothel law to keep more than four students from living in one place. A lot of landlords do not fix up their house if the town doesn't complain. Some houses should be condemned, yet the landlords are still charging high monthly rent.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Very selfish party scene. Not much sharing, frats keep it closed. You need to know someone to get into most house parties. Once you stray from the circa campus parties, it gets way better and the upperclassmen are very hospitable.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I haven't had much off campus dining. Antonio's has some of the best pizza in western Mass.

3 College Freshman

Administration: They can be really strict when it comes to preventing the uphold of the zoomass reputation. They'll stop visitations for the weekend if they know it will be considered a "party weekend".

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: State schools don't give much financial aid. And if they do, it's because you're really smart and need it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are a lot of choices. The average closing time for dining halls is 9 PM. Always have options, they just don't vary throughout the weeks.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Not the best housing. Honors dormitories are, of course, high quality. Each residential area has various room qualities. The worse part about housing is the chance you won't get a spot even after your Freshman year. Too many students to house, and the town of Amherst are bad about off campus housing (no more than 4 unrelated can live in one home).

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of local places to eat in downtown Amherst. There are also a lot of chains in the area including Applebees, Chilis, and Bertuccis. There is a pizza place in downtown Amherst called Antonios that is great whether you are looking to get lunch or a late night snack, there are so many options at a great price. If you are looking to venture a bit farther from campus, there is a town called Northampton about 20-25 minutes from campus. There are a lot of unique places to eat there as well

3 College Sophomore

Administration: There isn't much interference by the administration unless is a big issue going on on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There aren't many scholarships awarded specifically from Umass, but if you are an instate student, the school is a great price. It is a great education for the money you pay, especially with the prestige it is gaining. Overall this is one of the best schools for the lowest price in Massachusetts.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Umass has a lot of off campus housing options. There are a few apartment complexes, a few townhouse options, and many houses. They are reasonably priced for being near a college campus. There is a variety of houses ranging from really gross to really nice. You definitely have to look around a bit before finding the perfect fit for yourself, but also be mindful that places go quickly. It is not too hard to find housing at all.

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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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