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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The campus during the spring and fall are beautiful! It gets a little depressing with all the snow, but I still love it even when I'm bearing through the cold. There are cute little cafes and nooks and crannies to do work in or take a little break all over campus, its very cozy. I LOVE THE GYM, so nice! it overlooks the fields which on a sunny day are beautiful...etc.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Although the architecture on campus is sometimes ugly there are many great new buildings.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: UMASS tries extremely hard to provide all of the facilities that a student body might ever need. Think of it, we probably have it. And MOST of them are renovated and modernized. They really go for a greener, more friendly environment.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There are so many things to do on campus I love it.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The food is ranked number #1, and it is well deserved

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To a new student, the sheer number and range of facilities at UMass is impressive and a little intimidating. The general feeling is that UMass facilities are well maintained and offer everything a student needs and most of what they want. Some buildings could use a face lift, but the University has been slowing updating campus where needed. The library is 26 stories and offers everything a student could ever need. Despite numerous campus legends about the library being built incorrectly (it's said that the architect didn't take into account the weight of the books when designing the building, so now it's sinking), it is an extremely popular place to study. Need some peace and quiet? Take the speedy elevator to an upper level. Doing a group project? Head downstairs to the newly expanded Learning Commons. If you get tired, grab a coffee on the ground level where you can also check out your books. The University's most recent improvement is the new Recreation Center. Students previously had to work out and play indoor sports at either of the two old gymnasiums or buy a membership to the smaller gyms inside four of the dorms. Now, they can head to the Rec Center, which boasts three levels and 120,000 square feet of anything anyone could ever want out of a gym, plus a juice bar courtesy of the Class of 2009. The pulse of UMass is at the Campus Center, where vendors and student organizations compete for attention. This complex, which connects to the Student Union by means of a long, heavily traversed tunnel, accommodates everything from cafeterias to the University store. If you're looking for something to do on campus, the Campus Center has it all.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
1,463 acres
Student Centers
Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center/Student Union
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Integrated Sciences & Engineering Library (ISEL)
  • W.E.B. Du Bois Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Campus Center
  • Campus Pond
  • Dining Commons
  • Dorms
  • Student Union
Bar on Campus
Graduate Lounge in the Campus Center
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
There are plenty of places around campus to get coffee.
Movie Theater on Campus
University Programming Council shows movies in the Cape Cod Lounge in the Student Union on the weekends.
"Green" Initiatives
UMass Amherst is doing a lot to make its campus environmentally friendly. The Environmental Performance Advisory Committee is a group of administrators, faculty, and students that is looking at ways to reduce the campus' greenhouse emissions. The campus has greatly reduced its water consumption rate over the last 10 years, and UMass Dining Services buys a decent percentage of its food from local sources. For students looking to get involved, there are several organizations at UMass that focus on green living and sustainability.
School Slang
  • The Bowl: Area in Orchard Hill between all of the buildings that is a round lawn shaped like a bowl in the center
  • The Cage: Curry Hicks Athletic Field
  • The Cluster Office: Every three dorms or so have a "headquarters," where students can obtain different objects or services. This is also where students have to report when they get in trouble.
  • The DC: Dining Commons (cafeteria)
  • FAC: Fine Arts Center
  • Frat Row: The street between campus and Amherst where most of the frats are located
  • Haigis Mall: Not really a mall, this is the area in front of the Fine Arts Center.
  • The Horseshoe: A wrap-around road in Southwest near the basketball courts
  • Puffer's: Puffer's Pond, a popular swimming hole near campus
  • The Quad: Campus Pond or the Northeast Quad
  • Rape Trails: Various trails around campus through secluded spots that students sometimes take as a short cut at their own risk
  • Round Robin: A drinking event that occurs in the dorms
  • SOM: School of Management
  • Wicked: Very
  • The Zoo: UMass
  • First Week: During the first week of school, the University sponsors a series of events to welcome students.
  • Lobster and Steak on Halloween: Every Halloween, the DCs serve lobster and steak for all students with a meal plan.
  • Spring Concert: In the spring, well-known musicians perform at the Mullins Center. Past performers have included Ludacris, New Found Glory, Sara Bareilles, and OK Go!
  • Streaking: As a way to blow off steam each semester before finals, hundreds of UMass students will run butt-naked through the Northeast Quad at night as a break from studying.
Urban Legends
  • Don't cross the circle next to Curry Hicks or you will fail your classes that semester (or so the legend says).
  • Every year, the rumor that Bill Cosby is going to speak at graduation gets circulated around the entire campus.
  • Kissing the Sam the Minuteman statue by the Campus Pond before finals is said to bring good luck.
  • Scooby Doo was created by a UMass alumnus, and it's said that each of the characters represents one of five colleges—Scooby is UMass, Fred is Amherst, Velma is Smith, Daphne is Mount Holyoke, and Shaggy is Hampshire.
Favorite Things To Do
The Blue Wall Café in the Campus Center often has live music acts and open-mic nights that students like to check out. Most of the dorms have pool tables and lounges with nice TVs where students watch movies or just relax. Also, there are plays throughout the year that are quite popular. Students also like to participate in intramural sports, go to parties, join one of the more than 200 registered student organizations, go on a hike, or go shopping at Holyoke Mall.
Student Newspaper
The Daily Collegian
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are hundreds of student-run clubs on campus, so everyone will likely find one that interests them. If not, all a student needs to create a club is six friends to apply with them. There is also an activity fair during First Week, which is a great way to check out some of the clubs offered on campus.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
UMass is known for its music scene, with many local venues right in town—many indie and mainstream musicians play there. The school also hosts many musicians throughout the year, from rappers to rock musicians to electronic music DJs. There is a huge music group on campus known as MASS EDMC, which helps bring a wide variety of electronic music artists to campus.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 198 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 77 responses

  • 22% Hang with friends
  • 16% Go to the recreation center and workout
  • 10% Eat healthy food
  • 9% Watch games
  • 8% Party
  • 8% Go to Bluewall
  • 7% Amherst Center
  • 6% Go to Northampton
  • 5% Intramural sports
  • 4% Run on campus
  • 4% Music, Perform, Study
  • 1% Eat unhealthy food

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 74 responses

  • 18% First Week
  • 18% Late Night open until 2AM
  • 14% Lobster and Steak on Halloween
  • 14% Hanging with friends
  • 12% Spring Concert
  • 10% Hockey, Basketball, Lacrosse Games
  • 9% Homecoming Football Game
  • 2% FAC Concerts
  • 1% Streaking

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 81 responses

  • 47% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 37% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 15% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 1% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 199 responses

  • 31% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 61% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 6% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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