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University of Massachusetts Amherst Reviews

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  • 07/17/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 out of 27 people found this review useful. 1 of 180

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UMass is great for any type of student. The campus is made of six very different living areas named Sylvan, Southwest, Northeast, Central, Orchard Hill, and North. They each have a different style. So whether you're a study-aholic or you'd rather take it easy, there's a place for you.

    Bang for the buck

    For a great undergraduate education you don't need to spend tons of money, especially if you are planing to continue you education after undergrad. UMass Amherst has understanding professors, knowledgeable teaching assistants, award winning dining, and a campus designed to fit anyone's personality.

  • 12/25/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 out of 23 people found this review useful. 2 of 180

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Even if you don't like to (or want to) party, don't rule out UMass. There's all kinds of options at UMass in every area - academics, housing, food, extracurriculars, and (most of all) people. However, if you're a homebody and can't handle a little noise once in a while or are uncomfortable being amongst lots of people, then this might not be the best option for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely tour the campus. It can seem big and overwhelming, but once you get comfortable, it's not bad at all. Some things to check out on campus: - Newman Center Cafe - University Gallery (at the Fine Arts Center) - The campus pond - The Bluewall - Berkshire Dining Commons - Studio Arts Building - W.E.B Dubois Library - Antonio's in Downtown Amherst - Central / Orchard Hill Residential Area

    Bang for the buck

    Most of the dorms are surprisingly nice, and if you don't have too much more than the essentials, there's plenty of space. The food is decent, plus you get meal exchanges that you can use at most of the restaurants on campus. One hidden gem at UMass: the Newman Center Cafe. They have very good cheap food, and they serve it up very fast. Another excellent thing about UMass is that almost anyplace you need to go, you can take a bus - and they're all free.

    Am enjoying being here

    Through dance groups, drumline, photojournalism, and just hanging out with people in the dorms, I have met a lot of really great friends in my three semesters at UMass. Definitely find a group that interests you and get involved. Also, don't worry too much about partying... contrary to what some people think, not EVERYBODY at ZooMass parties every night, and if somebody can't respect your choices not to, then they're not worth your time. Another thing: the surrounding area is really interesting. Lots of great stores and restaurants, and it's overall an interesting community.

    Am learning a lot

    If you take the right Gen Ed classes, they can be very interesting. Definitely try to take classes that interest you or you will very likely be bored out of your mind. However, I so far get the impression that most professors and instructors are generally interested in their fields of expertise, and are enthusiastic about sharing that interest with students.

  • 12/15/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 out of 15 people found this review useful. 3 of 180

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I believe that this school is great for every student. It's great for students who want to blend in, because of its size, and it's also great for students who want to stand out- all you have to do is participate a few times in class and you will definitely grab your teacher's attention. The science program here is the only one that I am familiar with and it is amazing. Between the new science building and all of the older ones, there are many different courses available and always places where you can go for help. Also- any one who wants to be a vet or do anything with animals should definitely look into this school. Yes, its a state school, but the veterinary and animal science programs are amazing and you will get hands on experience right away.

    Tips for prospective students

    For any prospective students, try to get to know someone on campus whom you can shadow. It will allow you to see the campus from a student's perspective and get a taste for what the classes are like. Also, go on a tour of the campus- you will get to see various dorm rooms and also educational buildings. It looks big, but once you are campus, it will take you less than a week to find your way around. Also- DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK! A lot of people get lost the first week, and upperclassmen really are nice and are willing to point you in the right direction.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the main reasons I came here was because of their veterinary program-UMass is one of the only schools in this area that actually has a pre-vet program/major. Even as a freshman I'm getting hands on experience already, such as taking vitals, looking for parasites, taking ultrasounds, and drawing blood. Also, working here will give me a huge step up on other students applying to vet schools, because while most people have experience with small animals (cats, dogs, etc.), UMass is giving me experience with large animals (cows, alpacas, horses, goats). In addition, everyone in this program is very helpful and gives a lot of advice, especially when it comes to looking for internships. Also, there are a lot of great groups here to join that aren't available at smaller schools, like Goat Group, Ski and Board Club, Rock Climbing, Outdoor Club, and others. And there are brand new, multi-million dollar buildings that are beautiful and just amazing, such as the new gym (top of the art facility, with an indoor track and three levels of machinery), and the new science building (with lots of new computers and resource centers!). It's just amazing.

    Am enjoying being here

    I come from a little town of 6,000 people, so I thought that I would hate it here where there are over 36,000 people on campus everyday. However, it isn't at all how I thought it would be. You get to know the people who you sit with in your classes and you also get to know your teachers and your TAs. As the semester goes on, the campus doesn't seem all that big any more, especially because it isn't as if everyone is in one place all at once. Also, the dorms, especially the freshman dorms, are great. I'm in a RAP, or a Residential Academic Program, where I take classes with the people on my floor, which is great because if one person has a problem or question about a class, someone on the floor will know the answer. Dormmates are also great people to study for exams with because everyone is on the same page and everyone can contribute a little extra to the study sessions.

    Am learning a lot

    Here, all of the professors are extremely helpful. They have office hours for students who need extra help or advice, and they give constructive criticism on tests and essays. I have a few large lecture classes which I thought would be boring and impersonal, but the way in which the teachers teach makes the material easy to both learn and understand. In addition, the science classes that I am taking all overlap some of the information, so it is like what you learn is being supported. Also, the labs for the science classes are awesome! Yes, they are three hours each, but the labs you do are really fun and you can get a lot out of them, such as learning how to use expensive lab equipment. Also, the TAs for the labs tend to teach as well, so your knowledge gets strengthened there as well. Basically, you can learn however much you want to learn.

  • 12/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 12 people found this review useful. 4 of 180

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    In-state students will benefit from the lower prices. Also, anyone interested in the sciences will find that UMass Amherst is a leading public research university. It is also great for anyone interested in meeting many new people and anyone not intimidated by the size of the campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    If there is a RAP offered for people in your major, take advantage of it your freshman year. I regret not requesting one because it was harder for me to forge relationships with people in my major because everyone else already knew each other from living in the same building. RAPs help because you meet people in your building that you have classes with and that have similar interests.

    Bang for the buck

    Because UMass is funded by the state, the tuition for those that live in Massachusetts is fantastic when compared to the education you receive. It can be a bit pricey for out-of-state students, but not as much as any of the Ivy League or big-name universities. Plus, freshmen are guaranteed housing and I have always been satisfied with the food at the dining halls.

    Am enjoying being here

    The university is right in the middle of Amherst, which is a GREAT college town. There is always something to do or somewhere to go, whether it be right into convenient Amherst Center or Northhampton for some great shopping and restaurants. Everyone is so friendly on campus and there is a lot of night life. However, because there is so much to do, some people might become overwhelmed by the noise at night, depending on where you live. Also, because the school is so large (over 20,000 students) it is possible to get lost if a smaller school is more your style.

    Am learning a lot

    UMass Amherst was not my first choice, but I was happily surprised by how knowledgable every one of my professors was. I feel that even after my first semester I am already more prepared to go out and begin working in my field.

  • 08/31/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 13 people found this review useful. 5 of 180

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UMass is really great for all types of students because you can always find someone you can relate to.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even though it seems awkward, try to develop a personal relationship with your professors. Approach your professor after class with maybe something they mentioned in class whether related to the subject or not (keep it appropriate), even if you don't need help at the moment. If you create a dynamic where the teacher can put a face to a name, you will have a much easier time receiving help when you really need it.

    Bang for the buck

    UMass is really helpful with financial aid and has great food that you normally wouldn't expect on a college campus. There are six different residence areas, and UMass even helps with nearby off campus housing if preferred.

    Am enjoying being here

    UMass is a pretty big school, but it's pretty easy to get close to the people you live with and there are always opportunities to meet new people. There are always a lot of activities, academic and social, and not very difficult to find something to do, on or off campus.

    Am learning a lot

    There are a wide range of gen ed classes, so you can pretty much try almost every subject in order to figure out what major you want to study. There are also a lot of fun gen eds, so you'll learn something interesting and funny while fulfilling your graduation requirements. It's also very easy to find information on your desired major, both online, and at the school department offices.

  • 11/06/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 12 people found this review useful. 6 of 180

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    -partiers who want a cheap school -in-state students looking for a cheap school with good quality -commuters from the area (noise is much less of an issue if you live off campus) -anyone who enjoys people watching. there's enough strange behavior here on weekends for a large psychology study, and it can be funny to watch the stupid things people do while severely intoxicated.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Check out reviews online or ask your older friends who attend which professors to take classes with. There are some great professors here, and also some that are awful. -Take Microbio 160. I'm not a science major at all, terrible at science in high school, but this has been my most enjoyable and interesting class -Don't worry if you come in without a major. UMass is very good about helping you figure out what you want to do with your life. There is even a special class you can take to help you figure it out. -Bring earplugs. Trust me, at some point you will need to write a paper or do homework on a Thursday or Sunday night, and this will be a lot easier if you can't hear the drunks. -Keep an open mind about living areas. If you're coming here to party, there's plenty going on outside of southwest. If you're coming to study, look at living in northeast or central. -Wear comfortable shoes when you come for a tour. Some of the dorms in Central and Orchard Hill are indeed on a very steep hill. The campus isn't super hard to walk - it takes about 15 minutes to get across - but the hills are painful in flip flops or heels. -Visit a Dining Commons (Worcester, Berkshire, Hampshire, or Franklin) when you come visit. If you only eat at BlueWall or The Hatch, you won't get to see the food that you'll actually be eating most of the time as a student. The food is inconsistent in quality. If you come, buy lots of easy mac and other microwave foods

    Bang for the buck

    I'm here on scholarship and financial aid, not paying a thing. This was the main reason I came here. It is a good school for most majors, and a GREAT school for some (management and engineering are the two I can think of right now) so if you can stand being around a lot of people who make a lot of noise definitely come check it out.

    Am enjoying being here

    During the week, I do enjoy it here. It is a beautiful campus and not too bad of a walk. Hanging out with friends from the dorm and stuff is a lot of fun, and there are always lots of cool activities to do. However, on weekends, it's always loud and there are drunk people EVERYWHERE. It's called ZooMass for a reason. I live on the quieter side of campus and yet I am often awakened by drunken yells. It's frustrating to me to not get any school work done over the weekend because people are so loud.

    Am learning a lot

    Most of my general education classes are very easy, basic reviews of the advanced classes I took in college. The workload is minimal, which I find frustrating because I took extra classes to challenge myself. Even taking a 300 level class that is supposed to be taken junior year, I am still not challenged enough here. Most classes I am in are large lectures, which makes getting to know your professors nearly impossible. Lots of students are here for the parties and whatnot, and this makes studying difficult in the dorms. Also, some professors use online exams that you take on your own time. This means no memorization or understand required, they are open book.

  • 10/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 7 of 180

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus security is very thorough, making sure all students that are non residents of a dorm on campus are signed in from 8:00 PM - 12:00 PM on weekdays and 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM on weekends. There are student cadets, as well as police officers at every corner on the weekend to control crime and prevent fighting, but it is not as heavily guarded during the week.

    Greek Life

    Only approximately 5% of UMass Amherst students participate in greek life. It is not a dominant portion of the university's social spectrum.

    Clubs and Activities

    With over 200 registered student organizations, there are many extra curricular activities to involve yourself in. If there is something that does not strike your interest, there is a way to create a registered student organization with a required minimum of ten students within one semester.

    Great for these types of students

    It is an amazing university for students pursuing a post-graduate career in research, as it is one of the most leading research facilities in the nation. Additionally, the Isenberg School of Management is one of the top business schools in the state; employing graduates who take its opportunities to their fullest advantage.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a list of 100 things to do before you graduate which includes all kinds of unusual traditions and UMass legacies.

    Bang for the buck

    With the consortium, you can choose to enroll in courses at any of the five colleges within the surrounding area--Amherst College, UMass Amherst, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College and Smith College--all while paying the UMass Amherst tuition (much lower than the rest). The cost of the university is impeccable in comparison to its reputation as one of the nation's most leading research facilities. The dorm rooms are very large and the food is great! Definitely worth the cost.

    What to do for fun

    With center Amherst a short walk from center campus (ten minutes or less) there are plenty of shopping boutiques, cafes, restaurants, bars and bookstores to delve into. As a college town (with five total colleges in the surrounding area: University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College and Smith College) there are plenty of seasonal fairs, events and concerts to keep students occupied through every season. The nightlife is also extremely lively.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at The University of Massachusetts Amherst is absolutely amazing. As of last year, the university's dining was rated as one of the top ten in the nation by Princeton Review. With a large variety of cuisines from different countries (Asian, Chinese, Japanese, American, Italian etc.), there are many choices to choose from. There are four dining halls on campus: Berkshire (Southwest), Hampshire (Southwest), Franklin (Central) and Worcester (Northeast). The campus favorite is Berkshire, with the largest variety of options. From sandwiches, sushi, stir fry, pizza, salad bar, vegetarian bar, cereal and fruit and gluten free bar, there are choices for everyone!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is split into five different regional areas on campus: Southwest, Central, Northeast, Orchard Hill, North and Sylvan. Generally, students live on campus for the first two years of enrollment (freshman and sophomore) and live off campus for their remaining two years (junior and senior). Southwest is typically designated as the most social of residential areas, as well as the largest. Central is known for a more artistic outlook, combining arts and music into living quarters. Northeast is comprised of students typically studying science or engineering majors. Students wanting a quieter, more concentrated academic lifestyle tend to live in Orchard Hill. Many of these students are Commonwealth Honors College students. North is a series of apartment designated for upperclassmen (and those few, extremely lucky lowerclassmen) who choose to live on campus. And lastly, Sylvan is typically the last preferred residential area and is comprised of the majority of transfer students.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor of The University of Massachusetts Amherst is directly correlated with each student's major. Generally, for each class there is one final grade calculated from three term exams, homework and a final exam, so keeping up with readings and attending class lectures is imperative. If you find something difficult, there are plenty of outside resources to ensure academic success (tutors, office hours with the professors, teacher assistants, supplementary instructor sessions and review sessions).

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely go to class. For the majority of lectures--depending on your major--there is no attendance, and thus the success of your academic career is dependent on you. Attendance is not part of your grade, but your lack thereof will shine through when it comes down to exam day. Second, get involved! With an outstanding population size of over 26,000 students (graduate and undergraduate), it can be overwhelming being a small fish in a large pond. Involving yourself in extra curricular activities whether those are student organizations, greek life, lab research or employment will make the size seem significantly smaller, all the while increasing your chances of solidifying great friendships.

    In three sentences

    Due to the wide range of educational opportunities--whether those are research-based, scientific, liberal, political or extra curricular--The University of Massachusetts Amherst ensures that there's a niche designated for every type of student. With an extremely large population, the University's strengths are not specified towards one group of students, but rather spread across the board to accommodate all students. With academic assistance, guidance, career services, internship assistance and an extremely professional and interpersonal staff of employees, The University of Massachusetts Amherst will keep your story alive, opening the doors to an enlightening college experience.

  • 06/08/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 6 people found this review useful. 8 of 180

    Categories Comments
    Am learning a lot

    The learning experience here is great. I am an Animal Science major and I'm loving it. I don't think I'd get any better hands on experience with animals anywhere else. I go to the local barn at least twice a week for club and class reasons, but mostly because the animals there are just great to be around!

  • 01/05/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 5 people found this review useful. 9 of 180

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Massachusetts Residence Honor Roll students (Commonwealth College) Undecided Well - rounded Independent

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you check out the Commonwealth College, as well. It is the Honors college that is part of the University. It allows a student to take even more challegeing courses.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is very inexpensive, especially if you currently live in Massachusetts, and the education you will receive is greatly outweighs the cost. In today's economic world, the ability to graduate without large amounts of student loans is priceless, especially if you are planning on continuing on to grad school.

    Am enjoying being here

    Umass can appear overwhelming at a first glance, with approximately 20,000 undergraduate students and a very large campus, but it immediately feels like home. Everyone is extremely friendly and dedicated to making the most out of their college experience. All of the professors are determined to make a student feel like an individual and not simply an ID number, even in large lectures. This large University instantly becomes small, as you make great friends and become comfortable with your classes. The size allows a student to never feel trapped or bored, there is always something going on and someone who shares your interests.

    Am learning a lot

    The shear size of the University allows a student to explore every possible interest that he or she may have. A student can create a challenging but manageable schedule; it's all dependent upon an individual's desire to push themselves. In addition to the many courses this college offers, Umass Amherst is part of the Five College Program, which includes all the surrounding schools: Amherst College, Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire, and of course Umass. It is possible to take courses at any of the other four colleges, making the possibilities endless.

  • 12/02/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 10 of 180

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Some people really love it here. I recommend talking to a lot of people before coming here, because you might really love it. UMass is definitely great if you're a partier. But if you're not, it's really hard to find anything that doesn't have to do with partying. Even some clubs are basically just people who use an excuse to meet people to party with, which really sucks if you don't party.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are extremely academically motivated, but don't get in to Commonwealth (the University's honors college), I wouldn't really recommend coming here. If I lived with people who were more academically geared, such as the students in Commonwealth, I think I'd be doing better.

    Bang for the buck

    UMass is a good price. I get regional tuition because of my major, but I'm planning to transfer to UConn next year.

    Am enjoying being here

    I don't really enjoy this school at all. It's hard to meet people, I think. If you meet someone, chances are they live across campus. Even if they don't, you'll never see them again. I barely know anyone even in my building.

    Am learning a lot

    As of right now, I'm only taking GenEd requirements, so I can't speak for upper level courses. However, most of them are decent classes, and I'm doing well in them. I am learning plenty.

  • 02/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 11 of 180

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All types, although, there are a lot of big lectures here and you don't have anyone holding your hand. You need to be motivated to attend class and do the homework, there are no teachers barking at you to get your assignments in, they'll just give you the zero that you deserve (although, of course, if you're ill or there is a health or family or personal problem, they will take that into account, they're not heartless!)

    Tips for prospective students

    Get good grades, study for the SAT's, write a stellar essay (pretty sure that's what got me in) and also when you have a teacher send in a letter of recommendation, make sure it's someone who knows you and who can speak highly of you, because I think those are also taken into account more than you would think.

    Bang for the buck

    This is a fantastic school for the money. You get such a good education and it does not break the bank. Despite it's zoomass reputation, the teachers are highly qualified for the most part and classes teach you very interesting things and expand your view of the world and knowledge of things you'd never thought of before.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love all of the people, it makes it fun and there is never a boring moment. There are a ton of things to do on and off campus, there are free (new) movies every Friday and Sunday night, pool tables, craft center, greek life, every club/sport imaginable (including Quidditch). There is always something happening and if there isn't, get a few friends and make something happen.

    Am learning a lot

    I learn something new every single day. The General Education requirements, which can be a little pointless, have actually expanded my mind a lot. I never knew I was interested in sociology until I took a class on gender, sexuality, race and culture. You never know what a class is going to teach you, so don't be afraid to take something you didn't think you were interested in. College is where you learn the most about yourself, so don't worry about knowing it all in the beginning.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 12 of 180

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This campus could not be more safe. I have gone for walks at 3 or 4 am and there are STILL other students walking between dorms, walking back from the library, or picking up food. There are always PEOPLE. You will never be in a situation when you are without aid and the campus is heavily lit all night long. Also, there are help phones rigged across the entire campus and cops perched all over the place.

    Greek Life

    Greek life here is not crazy, but it definitely has the same element of drama and obligation. The truth is though that these people genuinely have each other's backs when push comes to shove.

    Clubs and Activities

    Honestly, the clubs here do not have much opportunity to be truly active beyond the board. It seems like more of a Facebook thing at this point. With that said, intramural teams are great ways to meet people and have a good time and club teams revive any lingering desires for a varsity experience.

    Great for these types of students

    1) You are ready to come into your own 2) You feel comfortable being a small (but integral) piece of a larger whole. 3) You're not sure what you want to do. 4) You're not sure who you want to be. 5) You want to really LIVE your college years. 6) You're prepared to be devastated when graduation rolls around.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Never. Ever. Ever. walk through the eye. This is a circle surrounded in a semi-circle by benches and across from The Cage. It may look like it is only a pattern in the ground, but a true UMASS student knows that the risk of terrible bad luck is NOT worth the five seconds extra that it takes to skirt it. Also, the area of grass extending from the basketball hoop in SW is called the Southwest beach because that is where everyone gathers to tan and to play frisbee when it is nice outside.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state residents this place is almost a steal, especially for nursing, business, and engineering majors. The reputation of the nursing and business programs are so well-known, that it virtually eliminates the supposed stigma of attending a public university. Also, engineering students here are just honestly worked so hard and pushed so far, that it cannot help but give them an edge.

    What to do for fun

    This whole place is a party. There are always people ready to do something outlandish and it is an amazing feeling: when you think about it, this is the only time in your life you are every truly almost exclusively with people your own age. Also, the gym at UMASS is incredible and their fitness classes have the potential to bring the fighter out of anyone.

    Food and Dining

    There are no words. Berkshire dining commons is almost ludicrously good: you cannot go wrong because there are simply so many options. They are also very good about making their foods as healthy as possible across campus and are constantly thinking up new ways to innovate the dining experience

    Dorm Life

    Once again, just be honest with yourself and with who you are. The reputations about the different sections of campus are true; people do tend to fall into patterns of behavior based on their location on campus. Ironically, this does not necessarily create a divide. We are all a part of the culture and we know it: no matter what anyone jokes, UMASS wouldn't be the same without all of its edges. We need you to be you. That is sort of an unspoken mentality in the dorm life, and I have never been so comfortable in my own skin anywhere in my life the way I was in my dorm days.

    Academic Rigor

    This place will not crush you and, to be honest, once you get there, there is an immediate sensation that your professors are pulling for your success as much as you are. There is work, but you need it. This institution gives people the tools to become whatever they want to be, but it is up to the individual himself/herself to make use of those tools.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do exactly what you want, go exactly where you want, and say exactly what you mean. A school as big and open as this one ensures that you will find the people who fit you, so you should never squeeze into a friendship because that distracts from your growth.

    In three sentences

    This is my home. UMASS Amherst is unlike any place I have seen because it is this massive city cradled in a gorgeous, mountain-crested valley. Also, even though the campus is massive, you don't feel anything less than at home in your niche: U R UMASS.

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 180

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is a big campus open campus, but we have alert text messages and a campus wide PA system that is only used in emergencies. There is also bluelight emergency call stations everywhere on campus. We also have campus police.

    Greek Life

    We have it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for every interest, religion, ethnicity, sport, talent, and art form. All clubs are open and accepting of everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are self-sufficient and can manage their time wisely.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition keeps raising just like every other school, but it is more reasonable than other schools and offers incredible opportunities and resources.

    What to do for fun

    There are hundreds of clubs are societies that hold campus and residential events. There is many performance groups and shows around campus, and the Fine Arts Center bring incredible concerts, events and shows in every week. There are also a lot of sports games, football and hockey are the most popular.

    Food and Dining

    There is a large variety of eating options on campus; there are dining commons like cafeterias, food courts, and little student run eating places in residence areas, all with a variety of choices and dietary needs. There is amazing vegetarian food, as well as vegan, kosher, and well marked nuts and gluten free.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome freshman year when everyone wants to make new friends, but after that everyone is set with friends and don't really try to meet new people. However, dorms are close to campus and UMass dining is amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    You get out what you put in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your homework and then your classes will be easier. Visit your professors office hours; it helps to let your professors get to know you and help you understand the material better. Take advantage of the resources such as the writing center and online library databases.

    In three sentences

    The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a large and diverse campus with endless opportunities and resources. This school benefits students who can take the initiative to take advantage of these resources. UMass is a liberal arts college with a traditional university experience.

  • 08/22/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 180

    Categories Comments
    Will enjoy being here

    Just from visiting the campus, you learn how diverse the student body is. UMASS students have a wide range of backgrounds, from students seeking higher education from China, to immigrints from Africa, to the wholesome average Massachusetts teenager. On top of the unique dorms, there are also themed halls called RAPs (Residential Academic Programs) and legacy halls (For getting in touch with your culture like in the Harambee hall or for certain lifestyles like the Wellness hall). It is impossible not to make relationships here.

  • 12/31/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 180

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I believe UMass is great for all types of students. It is really how the individual takes advantage of the campus that effects their impression.

    Tips for prospective students

    I came from a small high school of 400. I came to UMas and loved how big the campus is and how busy students are. Some might say the campus is too big, but I can still show you the same faces I see going to and from class every day. Sure, it might take 15 minutes to get from Southwest Residential Area to the Sylvain Residential Area but those are the farthest points at UMass. The educational opportunities here are almost endless. Getting to know professors is key. Just saying Hi and going to their office hours to meet with them can make the biggest difference with your impression of a class. There are many Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships available to students. You can't ever say there is nothing to do at UMass -- whether it is class work to enjoying Amherst, America's Number 1 College Town.

    Bang for the buck

    Depending on your major you might be getting exactly your bang for your buck, but some are not always that. But, to counter act a lack of bang you always have an opportunity to change or add majors and minors.

    Am enjoying being here

    I thoroughly enjoy being at UMass. I can go to the gym and join clubs as I please. I am currently a Resident Assistant for Freshmen and couldn't ask for a more well behaved and organized floor.

    Am learning a lot

    There are a lot of opportunities for classes and filling your requirements for you major and general education.

  • 01/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    outgoing, hard working, very good time management skills, someone who is able to balance both a social life and education.

    Tips for prospective students

    If coming to UMass one should be ready for a new experience, it's hard to put into words what one incoming freshman will discover. You have to be open to new things and people, the campus is very diverse and everyone is super friendly. Also you have to be independent. You need to understand that you are one of many and have to provide for yourself. No one is going to go out of their way to help, but if you put yourself out there and show the desire to succeed people will notice and be more than willing to help.

    Bang for the buck

    I am an out-of-stater so it is a little pricey. I could be going to a school that is less expensive. But being part of a school like this makes it worth while, to me at least.

    Am enjoying being here

    I used to be a Division 1 athlete here. I had offers to transfer and continue playing my sport. But I truly couldn't find it in me to leave because I loved it at UMass way too much. The people, the environment, and the school are perfect for me. I honestly couldn't find myself at any other university.

    Am learning a lot

    The gen-ed courses here are great! Because of the General Education Requirements I took some classes that I was truly interested in. The transition from small High School classes to large-scale lecture can be difficult. But all the resources to help are there. I have never had a professor who is not willing to meet with me outside of class and go over tricky material. There are also free tutors in the library as well as the writing center. These are both free to students and help tremendously!

  • 06/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 180

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    Great for these types of students

    UMASS is a school where any type of student is accepted. Anyone who comes to UMASS will be able to find something that they enjoy.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you can join a RAP. My freshman year I was in the psychology RAP. It was the best year of my life. I made some really good friends, because they were in classes with me but also lived on my floor. Also the good thing about it is that you can take classes with people that are on your floor but take classes that you are interested in with out those people too. Its the best of both worlds if you are afraid of going to a big school.

    Bang for the buck

    For out of state it may seem expensive but compared to other schools it is not. Also you have so many different opportunities here that I think that it is worth it to spend the money.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being at UMASS. Its a great place and environment because there is so much that you can do. You can get involved in a club or volunteer work. You can join a sport team or go route for the University's teams. And you can make great friends on campus. It is a great place to meet new people and get an experience that is completely different from what you might be used to.

    Am learning a lot

    There is so much to learn from all the different classes. I have learned a lot of different information which has allowed me to pick my area of study. The professors I had are really good and try to get people interested in the material.

  • 07/11/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 180

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    Bang for the buck

    Financially, Umass was the best option of all the colleges on my list. Their in-state tuition is very reasonable, and it is not difficult to score some great in-state scholarships and grants. For out-of-state students, the tuition rate is not that bad, but you students have amazing opportunities to earn great scholarships that bring down the price tag by 10k or more.

    Will enjoy being here

    Although I always thought I would be going to a small school, after visiting I was no longer afraid, per se, of going to a school as large as Umass Amherst. It is almost like a city, in that there are always places to go and things to do, but it seems small and intimate enough that you will never feel lost or out of place. There are also two bustling, beautiful collegetowns nearby.

    Will learn a lot

    Umass is one of those schools; what you put in is what you get out of it. If you take the initiative, there are thousands of opportunities for you to learn everything that you've ever dreamed of. One of the perks of Umass being such a big school is that they have classes and majors for almost everything. If you don't see a major you want, you have the option to create your own major. Also, you have the opportunity to take up to two classes per semester at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Smith College, and Mount Holyoke College.

  • 01/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 19 of 180

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    Great for these types of students

    If you're ready to jump in with both feet, consider the University of Massachusetts.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you can, apply to the Honors College, you'll have access to smaller classes and special advisors. Know the culture of the Residential Area where you will be living. Southwest is like a small city, and it's all parties, all the time. Orchard Hill is quieter yet still friendly, but as the name would suggest, it's a bit of a hike to get up there. Central is like the hippie cousin of Orchard Hill, definitely more of the alternative types there. Northeast and Sylvan are pretty solitary, great if your grades are your top priority though.

    Bang for the buck

    Slightly better than average, as far as value goes. Like anywhere else, fees are increasing while services like the Health Center and the Peer Mentors are being cut.

    Am enjoying being here

    UMass is a big school, and it feels like it. Even with over 200 registered student organizations on campus, it can still be hard to find where you belong. The administration does not put students first, and often it feels like more of a corporation than a college.

    Am learning a lot

    The faculty at the University of Massachusetts is of a remarkably high calibre. My professors have been more than willing to help me succeed, but you have to be responsible and take the initiative. There is a tutoring center in the library where you can get help with almost any class, and there are so many resources for academic success.

  • 03/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 20 of 180

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    Campus Safety

    i feel very safe on campus. safety is very important to the school. the school has their own police and fire departments as well as other security personnel made up of students and lay professionals. the school has many call boxes around campus and is well lit. education is plentiful and teaches students how to move around in a safe manner.

    Greek Life

    yes.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is anything and everything available on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    umass is great for the serious student who is looking for the best possible value in education. you need to be driven toward success or you will be run over in a competitive environmnet.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the student union is the heartbeat of the campus. you will find yourself traveling through there at least once a day.

    Bang for the buck

    i looked at a lot of schools, some costing more that 2 times what i am paying for umass. i really don't understand how people can pay some of those prices and truly receive a better education than i am.

    What to do for fun

    sports, arts, indoor, outdoor. if you are interested in it, you can probably find it on campus.

    Food and Dining

    great food. convenient locations. a great place to meet and spend time with friends and fellow students.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is great. it is not at all crazy and students have plenty of space to either get their work done in either their rooms or common areas. all dorms are wireless which means you can set up shop anywhere.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are challenging but structured in a manner where you will not get lost in the numbers. i am taking a full course load with 4 classes that also have labs. time management and being able to prioritize are great skills to possess.

    Tips for prospective students

    do not let the size fool you. the school is very large but can also be very small if you chose to make it that way. make sure you show yourselves in the most favorable light. this is a great school and has become very difficult to get into.

    In three sentences

    umass is a great school within a great environment. the school is huge but you can make it as big or little as you want it to be. i feel i made a great choice and am receiving a great education.

  • 03/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 21 of 180

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    Campus Safety

    average

    Greek Life

    i have not participated yet but there are a lot of frats and sororities to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    very many clubs/activities. there is a list of them on on the 'campus pulse' website

    Great for these types of students

    umass has something to offer for basically everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    So many, one of my favorites is the tradition of running and heel clicking through the red strip (pants) sculpture in front of the Fine Arts Center while snapping your fingers and yelling pants will give you good luck on your exams. (IT REALLY WORKS!!!)

    Bang for the buck

    There are a lot of unnecessary fees but in the end its worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Concerts, sports, parties, college/club/dorm events. Not to mention everything the town has to offer! You can ALWAYS find something to do.

    Food and Dining

    UMass has been rated as some of the best college food in the country. BTW its all buffet style.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice and serve their purpose. Free wi-fi and social life is great!

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers expect you to do your best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Wear comfortable shoes if you don't want blisters. don't stress about bathrooms, they're NEVER full. and be prepared for any weather. Its New England weather. That means your first week could need anything from a high powered fan and sunscreen to 6 blankets and a heavy duty winter jacket. ;P

    In three sentences

    It's wonderful! Great teachers, great scenery, great resources and everyone is so friendly!

  • 03/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 22 of 180

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    Campus Safety

    We have a dependable campus police force and campus security. There are also strict policies and punishments towards activity considered reckless, hurtful, and illegal. It is the norm to feel safe at UMass.

    Greek Life

    More than 30 Greek organizations. All of them are extremely active on campus and help to enhance the social life for everyone.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to list. More than 100.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any type of student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Floor 21 of the W.E.B DuBois library, the largest college library in the world, has the best view of the campus and the surrounding scenery.

    Bang for the buck

    Its a huge school with top grade education, an active social atmosphere, and many positive life-changing opportunities- all for the low cost of state-school tuition and fees. Definitely a bang for your buck.

    What to do for fun

    We have more than 100 campus organizations and clubs to join and participate in, such as ballroom dancing, fencing club, and the always cool Quidditch team. The parties are always fairly fun on the weekends. Sometimes, the most fun one can have on campus is just hanging out with your friends or hall mates.

    Food and Dining

    Umass most likely has some of the best food served by a college campus. Always in the top ranking of many publishers' Best college food lists. I can never lose weight living here because i can never say no to the food. Too delicious!

    Dorm Life

    Never boring. And if you have personal problems that you are dealing with, peer advisers live in the dorm buildings with you and are always available to help you out and make dorm life as comfortable as possible.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers and academic criteria at UMass are strict when it comes to helping you reach your highest potential. With a huge student to teacher ratio, many teachers expect you to ask for extra help instead of finding the time to offer it to 100+ students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of how big the school is and how much resources and help is available for you. The people here are welcome to help and the resources are extremely valuable.

    In three sentences

    With over 20,000 students, UMass is a city within a college campus. It provides you with an unlimited range of academic resources, booming social activity, and a comfortable lifestyle away from home. It doesn't hurt that the school also has some of the best tasting food that a college can offer.

  • 04/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 23 of 180

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    Campus Safety

    I have a job on campus and I feel safe walking around campus at all hours. There is a campus bus system and call boxes around campus. I also feel very secure in my dorm. Students should be normally prudent in safeguarding their belongings.

    Greek Life

    I do not partake in the Greek life, but several of my friends have pledges and enjoy the camaraderie.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am an Engineering major and have been in a few major related clubs. These are helpful to networking and studying together. There are hundreds of clubs offered around campus, but I have not taken advantage of too many of them.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great here for ALL types of students. For example, my brother was in the highly selective Commonwealth College and There are programs for students at every level. You have to be pretty smart to get into the school in the first place because it is well sought after.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school mascot is Sam the Minuteman.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is highly rated in the U.S. News and World Report yet it is one of the best values for the buck. It is more selective about who gets in because of this high value for the buck.

    What to do for fun

    The five college campus in this area of Massachusetts offers a college students haven with many highly rated colleges around the activities and opportunities for meeting other students is limitless.

    Food and Dining

    The dining plan is rated one of the best in the country. It provides a great variety of options with many dining halls including outstanding Asian dining for one. I try to focus on healthy eating and there are a lot of options for this including plenty of fruits and vegetables.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in a dorm with other students from the engineering major for the first year which was a great way to get to know other like minded students. The second year I moved up the hill to Orchard Hill which has been a great experience. Next year 4 of us are getting an on campus apartment which has four bedrooms and our own cooking facilities.

    Academic Rigor

    It is selective to get into this university and it is reasonably rigorous to stay in. There are plenty of opportunities for academic help in the form of tutors, study groups, professor accessibility etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    If possible go into a dorm with other students in your major for the first year so you can get to know them well and feel connected. Take advantage of the study groups and networking opportunities. Keep up with your studies as is this is a great opportunity of a lifetime.

    In three sentences

    This university offers an outstanding location in western Massachusetts being part of the five college consortium. There are many fun and academic opportunities on campus and the sky is the limit. This university is an outstanding value for your money.

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 180

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    What to do for fun

    For your information, this is a party school.

    Food and Dining

    Due to the local food system, food in Umass is the best of all colleges in the world. Asian food, Mexican food, French food, etc speak for the diversity of the campus and meal plan system guarantee satisfaction and yummyness.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are pretty cool also. Umass Amherst has various program for specific groups of people including science, business, tech, and cultural groups.

    Academic Rigor

    Teacher here are nice( most of them), and the classrooms are the best I've seem. Various kinds of help you get access to such as TA, SI, and free tutor could walk you to the door of success.

    Tips for prospective students

    I want to suggest not to miss any activities here, and be brave and courageous to seek what you want in any aspects including academic achievements and entertainment. Also, Umass Amherst has a lot of connections with various region of industries.

    In three sentences

    Umass Amherst is a great school with abundant of activities and academic assistance. Within a nice and suitable environment to study and learn, you will able to explore one of the most beautiful places in the world.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 180

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    Campus Safety

    Campus PD offers an emergency text service that will alert students of any safety alerts that occur on campus. The residential security monitors make sure everyone coming into the building either lives there or is checked in and is the responsibility of a resident of the building. Help boxes are located all across campus and offer a help button, phone, and light for anytime students are crossing campus in the middle of the night from the library (which is bound to happen at least once).

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs on campus offer a way to make new friends while sharing similar interests. If there isn't already an existing club for what you love to do, then you can easily start one on your own!

    What to do for fun

    Amherst has been voted the best college town in America multiple years in a row and they were not wrong. Amherst Center offers a wonderful middle ground between the public university of UMass and the private, beautiful, Amherst College. The shops and restaurants (and bars) give you a variety of places to visit and explore.

    Food and Dining

    When they tell you that UMass Dining is award winning, they are NOT lying! Every dining hall has options for everyone, whether it be the salad bar, vegetarian selection, sushi, pizza, or pasta. There are enough choices to allow you to eat something different all week. The campus center and various concession areas around campus give you variety like burritos, burgers, chicken fingers, noodle bowls, sandwiches, or meatball subs.

    Dorm Life

    Residential areas at UMass are known for being pretty segregated, but are always welcoming. It is difficult to enter dorm life as a freshman, but everyone is friendly and everyone is in the same boat as you, which makes it a great time to make new friends! R.A.s are a great resource for ANYTHING since they have been in your shoes already.

    Academic Rigor

    No matter what your major is, you will have to take General Education (GenEd) courses to round out your schooling. Some may think these classes are pointless, but they may end up being some of the most fun or thoughtful classes you take. The advisers and professors at UMass are stern, but friendly, and always willing to help. Just ALWAYS go to class!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Students looking to attend UMass should first visit the campus DURING the school year and follow a tour and explore on their own. The campus itself has so much to offer, and without a tour it may be overwhelming, but a structured tour may not allow you to see everything you want. Aside from the campus itself, clubs, dining halls, and dorms, the academic buildings are worth checking out according to where your major classes will be held. Don't worry if you are confused or lost, SO IS EVERYONE ELSE and everyone is more than willing to offer advice, direction, or just an anecdote for help.

    In three sentences

    There is something special for EVERYONE at UMass Amherst. The classes are challenging and educational, the clubs are diverse and welcoming, and the campus is beautiful all-year round. Everyone will have a great experience at this top-notch university.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 180

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    Campus Safety

    I ALWAYS feel safe walking across campus, even if it's walking back to my car from the library at 2 AM. No matter where you are on campus, you're likely to see another human being, simply because there are so many students. You never feel alone, and on top of that, there are emergency phones all over the place with a blue light, just in case.

    Greek Life

    Not quite as huge as it used to be, but there are a number of fraternities and sororities on campus if interested. Some of them have houses, others don't.

    Clubs and Activities

    The school has so much funding for their student run organizations, and there are a LOT of them.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone! UMass has so many different types of people, from the constant study student to the hardcore partier.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UMass has 7 student-run cooperatives on campus, ranging from an ice cream shop in Orchard Hill to a copy shop in the Student Union. All seven have competitive, non-profit prices meant to help you, as a student, get what you want without hurting your wallet.

    Bang for the buck

    For the education you receive, you would have no idea you came from a state school.

    What to do for fun

    Amherst is the home to a bundle of museums, theaters, and shops. Try all of the restaurants downtown- some of them are truly unbelievable. Puffers pond is an obvious hot-day location. And during the winter, sledding on Orchard Hill is a blast.

    Food and Dining

    Award winning. The salad bars are extensive, fresh, and delicious. And the chefs are always trying something new.

    Dorm Life

    They don't call it the zoo for no reason- the friends you make here will last a lifetime. The dorm is where it all starts.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the major- engineering and science majors seem to have no social life and loads of homework. But as an English major, I'm not saying I have it easy. Some of the classes here are truly time-consuming, but you leave them feeling satisfied with your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    General education requirements are there to help you explore different areas you may have never thought to try. Enjoy them and maybe you'll end up finding something you want to do even more than what you declared.

    In three sentences

    By going to such a big school, you give yourself an opportunity to get involved with every type of student organization you could even dream of. The school is as big or small as you make it. As with any school, there are good teachers, bad teachers, tough teachers and easy teachers.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 180

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    Campus Safety

    The Umass campus is a very safe place, they have telephone boxes to call someone if you need to walk somewhere late so yhou dont have to walk alone. There are constant police patrolling the area to make sure everything is ok!

    Clubs and Activities

    Join a club! There you can meet plenty of new friends, and it can also look good on your resume.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall the Umass experience is one of the best and is a continued learning experience for all.

    What to do for fun

    I suggest a walk to downtown Amherst where the locals enjoy small business' and friendly people. If you like to shop the Holyoke mall is only a short 30 minutes from campus. There are also many intramural activities that one can join.

    Food and Dining

    Having one of the largest dining selections, Umass has some of the best foods coming from the surrounding local farms making the food healthy as well as excellent!

    Dorm Life

    Make sure you stay on top of your studies if you want to stay on top in the future, but also have fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Umass has some of the hardest programs a public school can have including one of the best business programs in the nation, and also one of the best engineering programs

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep this college high up on your list, it is a greater school then some give credit for.

    In three sentences

    Umass is an amazing college that can take your dreams and turn them into reality.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 180

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    Greek Life

    Constantly growing and always looking for prospective, hard working and dedicated students like you. Occupying around only four percent of the Universities population, Greek Life at the University of Massachusetts is a whole different, but exciting and opportunistic way of getting involved on campus and boosting your resume to its fullest potential.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student is fit for this school environment, like I said, the University of Massachusetts is always looking for diversity.

    What to do for fun

    Running, walking, eating with friends, Frisbee, basketball, football, clubs, part time jobs, and so much more. Amherst MA offers any student an unlimited amount of opportunities. Chances are if you are looking for it you will find it here at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

    Food and Dining

    Amherst has so many dining options on and off campus that as a student you will never be hungry. Whether you choose the value plan or unlimited or even an off campus meal plan, Amherst has no end to it's supply of food places around. The people and food are wonderful and make any trip to the dining common or Amherst Center for a bite to eat even more enjoyable.

    Dorm Life

    The University of Massachusetts offers an insane amount of housing on and off campus that students have such an easy time getting an assignment where they please. Plus the dorms are very pleasing once you actually move in and set up. The only thing that is rough is the lack of AC in the early fall and late spring... so make sure to have a fan!

    Academic Rigor

    The University challenges it's students enough so that each and every person is constantly learning something new. The University ensures that whatever major or minor a student is focused on that he or she acquires as much knowledge from their courses as possible. Time management skills and individual life time experiences are all taught and discovered in the classrooms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with a positive mind, Umass is always welcoming and looking for diversity. College is a whole new experience and the University of Massachusetts has more options for you as a prospective student than you would ever think. Don't be afraid to ask questions, people are very kind and willing to help!

    In three sentences

    The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a best fit for any student athlete in the United States that consistently and successfully builds and strengthens connections between students and their academic career. Umass leads students and guides them towards their own individual career paths with confidence and a solid degree on their shoulders when they graduate. The University of Massachusetts is the best of the best.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 180

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    What to do for fun

    The center of Amherst is the bomb. There's so many places to eat, grab coffee and hang out. When you're legal to drink, the bar scene is pretty bumping at night too. It's pretty difficult to get into bars underage though.

    Food and Dining

    The food is EXCELLENT. The dining commons are buffet style and offer plenty of healthy choices. There's something for everyone in the DC's.

    Dorm Life

    There are new dorms being put up for students in the Commonwealth honors college that are going to be BEAUTIFUL. There's plenty of on campus housing for new students but since the enrollment is growing so much, it's difficult for older students to get decent on campus housing. If you keep your door open and are friendly, you'll have no problems making friends!

    Academic Rigor

    UMass is getting tougher and tougher academically with each passing semester. It's not only getting more students enrolled every year, but it's getting smarter. The minimum GPA to get in is higher now than it ever was.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open-minded! Meet new people!

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 180

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    What to do for fun

    You will never be bored!

    Food and Dining

    We have 3 dinning halls and they are known to be one of the best college dinning commons. A lot of variety of ethnic food. Special well known chefs do come and cook for us sometimes.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! You meet a lot of people and the RA's do a great job at making everyone on the floor feel like a community. I give it 3 stars because housing costs a lot !

    Academic Rigor

    I am in the pre-med program and there are a lot of great professors! There are a few professors that are actually graduate professors from med schools as well so you already get an idea of what med school will be like.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 180

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    Campus Safety

    While the rate of crimes is far lower than it was before, there is still the possibility of crime. Thankfully, UMass has it's own police force and they work with local authorities on almost every type of case, so this is one campus that I know of that crime doesn't pay. It hurts, badly.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many clubs to count. So I'm not. But I will say that if you have something you like(gaming), chances are you will find a club for it at Umass(Gamers Hobbyist League).

    What to do for fun

    Where do I begin... Let's see; there's movies, plays, sports, events all year round, comedy shows, video game tournaments, casual sport tournaments, clubs for just about any and everyone, special dinners, formal dinners, parties(though most say they don't measure up to the past, I beg to differ)Functions, volunteer opportunities. The only thing Umass is missing is a theme park. There is a lot of stuff to do.

    Food and Dining

    UMAss is all about variety. There are three Dining Commons and they really offer a robust choice of food from different ethnicities. So if you want Chinese, they got it. Indian, they got it. Australian is on the menu as well. Never mind the creativity abound. Plus, they have comfort food in case you don't feel fancy tonight. All in all, UMass DC's are full of variety.

    Dorm Life

    This is dependent on where you live, but I still recommend staying on campus, at least for a year. That way you get to see how Umass operates up close. After that, if you live in Amherst or Northampton, take the bus, you'll save time and money. Otherwise, stay on campus, since many required classes for graduation start at 8:00 AM.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are always trying to get the students to work with them, and the teachers make it seem like they are learning from us as well. Just expect to have some material hardships because books and other supplies do not come cheap.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn to make a schedule and keep to it. Make sure you explore the entire campus. That way you'll know where to go to get to your classes/events/meetings/etc. Try to make some friends. Trust me, this will help in the long run. If you are on a meal plan, go with Your Campus Meal Plan (YCMP). More variety in selections, you can use those swipes in Amherst, and You get days where it costs you nothing to eat at the Dining commons on campus. Most importantly, Never give up, never surrender.

    In three sentences

    Umass is very capable when it comes to helping a student pay to go there. The Campus is a quasi-community in and of itself. The teachers are very accommodating.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police has made themselves visible on campus. I feel generally safe here especially with our blue light locations (little lights all over campus with phones attached to call campus police).

    Greek Life

    There are many fraternities and sororities to choose from on campus if you are interested! Most of them seem to do lots of community service and they all seem to be a tight-knit community of close friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so much to do here! Sports and dance, art, cultural clubs, religious clubs, honor societies and clubs to do with certain majors or academics. If you're interested in a certain activity, we most likely have it at Umass. If we don't, start a new Registered Student Organization! Students are able to start RSOs on campus and these are a very fun way for students with similar interests to make new friends.

    Great for these types of students

    Umass is amazing for all types of students especially if they are hard workers and serious about getting a good education! Umass is ideal for well-rounded students who like to learn through academics and clubs/teams.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Be sure to visit the library which offers lots of resources. After all, standing at twenty eight stories tall, it holds so many books and great study spots. Visit the Durfee Conservatory for a wonderful meditation/relaxtion/study spot, the campus pond for amazing pictures and the Fine Arts Center for one of their many concerts!

    Bang for the buck

    Umass offers scholarships and grants for needy and hard working students that are great! They are definitely helping to fund my education. There are also many on campus jobs available to students. Going to Umass is giving me great educational opportunities as well as giving me new experiences through campus life. It is worth any money spent.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs, teams and campus wide activities! If you don't like to play sports, you can always cheer on the minutemen! Personally, I love to dance and I have had so much fun trying new dances with the ballroom team and the belly dance club. There is so much to do on campus: cultural clubs, religious organizations/worship places, academic and honor societies and so much more!

    Food and Dining

    With all of the dining commons and small eateries on campus there is something for everyone! Kosher, gluten free, and vegetarian options are available too! There are also lots of different cultural options and a huge emphasis on healthy, local grown foods. Umass also gives students with meal plans a certain number of YCMP your campus meal plan swipes with which students can get a nine dollar meal for free at many places on campus!

    Dorm Life

    There are a few different dorm areas to live on campus. Personally I live in the Central area and I like it because it is close to a lot of the main areas on campus and I never have to walk for longer than ten to fifteen minutes to get to classes. The area also offers lots of beautiful sunset views. Each of the five areas available to Freshman have different opportunities to offer and each building seems to have its own little community. In the buildings I have visited, the rooms are all generally pretty nice and each building offers different fun activities every month. Buildings also have lounges for students to study and hang out in!

    Academic Rigor

    From foreign languages, to engineering, to sciences and art, the university has a little bit of everything since it is so large. There are a range of challenging courses that you can take and general education requirements will help you to explore new subjects that you may really like!

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard in high school and apply! Umass has so much to offer and you will not regret an acceptance. While at Umass, it's important to do well in classes, but to get the most out of a Umass experience, join a club, team or activity. There is so much to do and you will regret it if you do not try new things. Be sure to check out some of the campus hidden gems as well such as the Durfee Conservatory.

    In three sentences

    Umass is an outstanding university with lots to do and see. The academics are challenging, but rewarding and there is so much for students to be involved with in terms of student activities. The campus is beautiful and there is something for all types of people at Umass.

  • 01/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Umass has a State Trooper barracks right on its campus designated for only the University. We also have blue lights all around campus that are there for people to push in case they feel threatened or in danger. The campus is also very well lit.

    Greek Life

    I joined Delta Chi, a fraternity, fall of my freshman year and it was the best decision i have made at college. From social events with sororities to community service events it is a blast. Plus, you have a bunch of close friends to hang out with whenever.

    Clubs and Activities

    The university runs intramural's that are basically like High School Varsity sports is the best way I can describe it, but also has slower paced sports for people that don;t want to play as hard. There are all kinds of events like the activities expo, extravaganja, and music concerts that come to the campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Umass offers things for every kind of student. Whether you are someone who focuses completely on school or someone who likes to go out. But you must be committed to your education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are underground heated tunnels that run through the campus center. Also, the library at the center of campus is about 30 stories tall!

    Bang for the buck

    I wouldn't want to go anywhere else for college. At Umass, you get to meet a plethora of new and different kinds of people as well as getting a solid education. I wouldn't be paying it if i didn't think it was worth it!

    What to do for fun

    There is an abundance of clubs and activities to involve yourself with on campus. The night life is also very good if you like to go out. There are even places designated for students to just chill around campus.

    Food and Dining

    The dining commons here are insane. There is always something good to eat. I'm pretty sure we were in the Top 5 best campus food in the Princeton Review.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is AWESOME. Co-ed dorms are great because you get to interact and make friends with both boys and girls. Just hope you get along with your roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are pretty neutral when it comes to difficulty. Mostly depends on your professors. Overall good academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you want to go to a big school where it is not uncommon for your professors to not know who you are. Also, go out on a limb and try something new. Join a club or Greek life.

    In three sentences

    The University has a BEAUTIFUL campus year round. There are so many friendly people around. The food is amazing!

  • 05/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've heard bad rumors about campus safety, so I'm not going to say its great. If you're scared to walk alone at night, then don't walk alone at night. I've walked across campus by myself at all hours of the day and night, (I'm a girl, with big butt, and party sometimes), but I've never been bothered. Also, campus police has been extremely involved in school activities this past year. I doubt that is going to die down any time soon.

    Greek Life

    Yes.

    Clubs and Activities

    MARCHING BAND!!! (I'm not a geek) There are tons of organizations, things you wouldn't think could be a club. For instance, there's a gun club. Tons of community service, and sororities and frats.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone can find a spot to fit in here. whether you are extremely smart and love academics, or youre trying to find an easy, fun college, it's great for both types of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Each res area has a culture in itself.

    Bang for the buck

    I love UMass.

    What to do for fun

    Join marching band. Join clubs, the outdoor club has always looked really cool. Stay active and fit, it will definitely make your time more fun. Meet people in your dorm, it helps. Lots of partying, but that's obvious considered we are called Zoomass for a reason. But there are plenty of people that don't party if that's not your scene. Just get involved, it will be a fun time.

    Food and Dining

    Amazing food for college. If you want the best food, live in South West. The two newly renovated DC's are there; Hamp and Berk. Frank is next to central, and is good, but not as new. Worcester is good too, and is next to North East. Also, there are a ton of other food venues to go to, and Baby Berk and Baby Berk 2 are always roaming around on campus if youre hungry.

    Dorm Life

    This really depends on which residential area you choose to live in. If you like being around a ton of people, while also having a choice of awesome dorm shapes(z-room), and you don't mind loud music and partying, live in South West. If you like to study a lot in a quiet environment, near your science and other academic buildings, live in North East. If you want to experiment in college, and experience a mix, of the two res areas I've already mentioned, live in O Hill or Central. The only difference I've noticed between the two is the level of elevation.

    Academic Rigor

    UMass will challenge you, if you've never been challenged before. It's not as difficult as an ivy league.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs and university organizations. It's a lot easier to make friends when you are involved in the community. Join the marching band. It will change your life. Don't bring your car, you won't need it. When it gets close to winter, make sure you have tons of warm clothes. It gets very cold. In fact, its pretty smart to arrange your class schedule, so that you aren't moving around too much in the cold. This is really just for the spring semester though.

    In three sentences

    UMass is a very awesome school. There is so much variety and opportunities to be taken advantage of here. Also, the marching band is one of the best you will ever see!

  • 05/06/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    I find it to be somewhat expensive. If there was more grant money available I would have given this part a better rating.

    Will enjoy being here

    There looked to be a lot of stuff to do around campus and in town.

    Will learn a lot

    I feel this is a great school and it has a lot of awesome equipment in the science department at least.

  • 05/08/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    In-state kids looking for the bang in their bucks.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its not the most selective college but to get the scholarships make sure you get a good sat score...

    Bang for the buck

    I got lots of scholarships and grants...

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus (with the water fountain) looks beautiful!

    Will learn a lot

    I am going into the Honors college (commonwealty) and was accepted into BioTAP so I hope I will learn a lot! =)

  • 05/18/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    People who like big campusses or small ones. The university is divided into seperate colleges, so you will be designated to one particular area for the most part

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research!!! Look deeply into the college you wish to attend. solutions will appear to you if you look for them.

    Bang for the buck

    I didn't receive any financial aid from UMass, but the price for me is lower than a lot of applicants.

    Will enjoy being here

    Although I'm commuting, I think that the college experience for me will be good.

    Will learn a lot

    UMASS has an excellent and positive learning environment. The students and the teachers work together really well. The curriculum sounds like the classes are fun.

  • 07/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    To be honest, since there's such a big variety of majors, programs, and opportunities, I think Umass would be a great fit for almost anyone!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do a lot of research about the different kinds of activities and resources on campus. It'll definitely come in handy; I ended up being able to get an awesome on campus job in September of my freshman year because I found out about the place the previous August. Also, don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, take advantage of everything going on. Try new things, talk to all different kinds of people!

    Bang for the buck

    The total cost of attendance at Umass is about half of what I was going to pay at the private college that was my first choice school. And I'm so glad I decided on Umass, because I'm getting a high quality education without paying and arm and a leg, and entrenching myself in future debt. Sometimes financial aid can be a bit iffy it is a state school), so make sure to know all your options.

    Am enjoying being here

    The atmosphere on campus is great. There are so many people, you're bound to meet a group that you click with. There's always somthing going on on campus: plays, guest speakers, comedy shows, a Chinese acrobat group even came to perform last year! The surrounding towns are very interesting and fun as well, Amherst definitely has the quaint, small town, hipster vibe going on.

    Am learning a lot

    The quality of the classes is really great, even the huge lectures here are totally worth your time, and you do learn a lot in them. Professors are intelligent, easy to learn from, and helpful. There are a lot of options for classes, so you can easily pick subjects that you care about and cater to your interests, as well as picking a totally new class to try out!

  • 07/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UMass is great for students looking for a drastic transition out of high school. It also serves as a great place to branch out and meet completely different people. UMass is meant for students who can handle a large school and not feel so small.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to at least one state school early on, especially UMass Amherst. There is no early admission fee, the benefit to applying to UMass early is that you KNOW whether you got in sooner rather than later.

    Bang for the buck

    UMass's solid academic classes provide a education equal to if not greater than many of the private institutions in the area. I have had UMass professors tell my classes that we are not lacking the intelligence of private school kids, if anything we may be doing our families justice by saving an extra 10-20 grand by enrolling in a state school.

    Am enjoying being here

    After three solid years on campus I feel more at home at school than I do in my home town more than half of the time. The number of times a day one can make a new friend is limitless. Not only is this an exciting feature of a larger campus, but also the chances of feeling embarrassed when one falls down the steep Orchard Hill walkway is practically nonexistent...because the likelihood of running into someone you may know can also happen. You may get to know a ton of people on campus, but the school is still big enough to create personal space.

    Am learning a lot

    Going from a small high school to an enormous campus, I never felt overwhelmed by the size or population of UMass. What is amazing about its size, is that its full of diversity, where anyone is able to find their best friend. I found mine at orientation! Aside from the social scene academics range from 500 person lectures to 15 person classes. Because my major, English, is smaller than, say, biology, many of my classes were in the 20-30 person range allowing me to get to know the professor. In larger lectures most professors here do reach out to the students by having flexible office hours and contact information as well as available teaching assistants that can also help with any academic or personal issues. Do not hesitate to get to know a professor because making a connection with them will allow you to feel more at home and more excited to be in college academics.

  • 07/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    People who enjoy being around a lot of people. People who are outgoing and open to lots of diversity. People who are able to concentrate and focus without a lot of one on one attention from the professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay true to you, because in a big school like this, it's easy to get lost sometimes.

    Bang for the buck

    While the school is much cheaper than other schools in the state, we don't have to go without. We have the largest public library in the world. Our classroom buildings are up to date, and some of them are currently being renovated. Our dorm buildings aren't bad, and the dining halls are great. You definitely don't feel like you're being ripped off for not paying the high tuition. It's a great place to do undergrad, especially if you plan on continuing education.

    Am enjoying being here

    UMass is one of the most fun and lively campuses there is. There are always events happening in the dining halls, dorms, or just around campus. The sports events are absolutely crazy, and everyone gets really into them. There is such a diverse population of people that everyone is able to find people to get along with, and most people are really nice.

    Am learning a lot

    Whatever you put into classes is whatever you will get back from it. If you are unable to concentrate in large classes, you probably want to look at another school. I love the large lecture classes, and find them less stressful than being in a small classroom. I sit close to the front, and am able to take notes and actively listen. Not to mention, there is such a large amount of classes to choose from, you'll find something that you like.

  • 07/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UMass is the perfect school for anyone who is outgoing and not afraid to always be surrounded by many people. UMass is a very big school, and if you aren't willing to get involved you may feel lost.

    Tips for prospective students

    The academics are very good, but don't be afraid to get involved, it will only help you as a person, as well as expand your group of friends. When it comes to school work, don't be afraid to ask your professor or TA! There is also many resources on campus to help you, including tutors for every different type of study.

    Bang for the buck

    No school is cheap, but UMass is a public school, so the price is significantly less then all the private schools. There is also a New England Regional price that provides a discount on tuition to any student that lives in a NE state besides Mass. and none of their state schools offer the major the want while UMass does provide it. Undergrads also receive free local bus transportation, as well as free access to the new and very nice recreational center.

    Am enjoying being here

    Living on campus is such a fun, wonderful experience! There are many many versatile people to meet. There is pretty much a club for any type of interest you may have, and if there isn't, you can easily start one! There is never a dull moment on campus and always so many events to attend such as a volleyball game on Southwest Beach, a concert, or community service opportunity.

    Am learning a lot

    There is such a variety of classes at UMass, which makes picking classes very easy. Majority of teachers are more then willing to go the extra mile to help out if you're stuck on anything! So far at UMass, I have not only learned book material, but a lot about myself. Every professor I have had has made me think outside the box, and relate content we are learning to our real lives.

  • 07/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    With the constant amount of activity going on at UMass Amherst its is great for students who are self-disciplined and can balance work and play. Great for students who are looking for a well-rounded college experience and don't mind the large campus feel and don't mind bundling up in the winter for the trek to class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips for prospective students: -Check out the Blue wall eatery and the Hatch in the campus center, Burritos are surely a UMass favorite. -Make sure to check out at least one UMass Football game--get there early if you want to tailgate because it fills up fast -Bruegger's Bagel in town is a really nice place for a weekend breakfast -The Dubois Library is not the only place to study-- make sure to check out Lederle library, ISB, and the Isenberg school of Management for alternative study places -Grab and Go meals can make life so much easier and is available at all four dining halls.

    Bang for the buck

    The university is certainly a bang for the buck. On one hand, it is located in the small town of Amherst which has small bookstores, coffee places, and unique shops to escape the pressure of exams and the large university feel when needed, but it is also only a bus ride away from all the commercial stores offering college necessities and food options. The cafeterias also offer a diverse array of food including pasta, pizza, Asian cuisine, salad/fruit bars, desserts, sandwiches, and burgers among other food each night. The university also hosts themed nights at the dining halls where musicians or a certain style of food may characterize the evening's menu.

    Am enjoying being here

    UMass Amherst with its diverse campus and plethora of student activities really has something to offer everyone. There are just so many different types of students and opportunities available from honor societies to intermurals to an extensive Greek life program that it is very easy to find a niche and people with similar interests as yourself. Through hallway events freshman year and campus sponsored activities I have made some deep friendships and have enjoyed everyday of my college experience despite the coursework. The university really puts in effort to put on quality campus events such as Morning Mixers, activity expos, and various shows and dances that are really a blast if you take advantage of them.

    Am learning a lot

    Throughout all of the courses I have taken at UMass Amherst, I truly feel I earned every pennies worth in terms of knowledge gained. Despite not always getting into my first preference classes, I can not deny that every course I have been enrolled in has been structured and equipped with an in-depth understanding of the material. In terms of my major, I am part of the college of engineering which has a very diverse program that has allowed me to see the various aspects of the field from a managerial perspective to a technical based out look to getting hands-on lab experience alongside the nations top graduate students.

  • 09/22/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Not a student yet.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visited the campus. Great campus, but the tour wasn't that good so best to stay after and explore on your own.

  • 12/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who are self motivated and are those who can seek help without the help of others. You have to learn how to balance school work and the social life. It is great for those who are independent and like big schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    One tip would be to know whether you want a big school or little one. Most class sizes are about two hundred students; it may sound like a lot but believe me you get used to it quick. Another tip would be eat at the dinning commons. The food here is great!

    Bang for the buck

    UMASS Amherst is a state school so it thereby is most likely going to be cheaper than others. This school offers so many opportunities to learn and to higher your education that there is no need to look anywhere else. Students can receive get job offers from attending UMASS Amherst.

    Am enjoying being here

    I couldn't of asked for a better school. I absolutely love it here at UMASS Amherst! There is so much to do and the food here is fantastic.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here are amazing and really want each and everyone of their students to succeed!

  • 01/10/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Energetic, Fun to be around, Active members of their communities.

    What to do for fun

    The party scene is huge! But there's something here for everyone..from sports to intra-mural clubs, activities etc. Just get involved and explore your options.

    Food and Dining

    The food is awesome! The on-campus dining options are great, especially at Berkshire Dining Hall. There are so many varieties from chinese to mexican to italian to japanese to local fast food outlets etc. You'll definitely find what you like here. The quality of the food can be improved by a bit but still not bad at all.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms look pretty cool. The dorms in the southwest area are my favorite and tend to be the most popular amongst students. They are typically recommended for those that love the party scene and enjoy socializing but there are other options if this is of no interest to you

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging but not way over the top

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and try to do the best you can in high school. I got in with a 1630 on the SATs and a B average grade. As long as other parts of your application are strong, you should be fine. I had strong recommendation letters and work experience/volunteer work so that helped.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school! Ranked 94th (top 100) according to U.S. News and World Report, it gives students the value they deserve for money. Come here to make the most out of your college experience, and be sure to remember that: THIS WILL BE THE BEST FOUR YEARS OF YOUR LIFE!

  • 01/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there are always parties on campus especially those hosted by the frats. north hampton is near by for shopping and eating out. mall and movies close by as well. umass has tons of intramural sports which i had a lot of fun doing my freshmen year.

    Food and Dining

    i previously attended umass amherst right out of high school, and i remember the food being terrible. instead of gaining the dreaded 'freshmen 15' i actually lost weight. i don't know if the food has improved since my time there.

    Dorm Life

    i previously attended umass amherst right out of high school, and i lived in john adams in southwest. i lived on a coed floor and i loved the experience. it was easy to make friends and everyone hung out all the time.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you are an adult learner who is considering returning to school after an extended absence than the university without walls is an excellent option for finishing your degree.

    In three sentences

    i am impressed by the credentials of all of the professors i have had so far. my advisor is amazing. i feel supported in my educational goals.

  • 01/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    slightly expensive especially for non ma residents but competitive with other colleges around and in my opinion umass has better programs then other colleges.

    What to do for fun

    there are many clubs and sports to get involved in. in the student union building there are activities like movie night and game day.

    Food and Dining

    the food is fantastic!

    Academic Rigor

    some classes are easier than others but if you do your work then you will do well,if you don't understand something there are many opportunities to get extra help.

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved, get to know your teachers and advisers,concentrate on your studies.

    In three sentences

    great school, i love the campus, though since the school is big there is a lot of walking. the teachers and advisers are very nice and helpful. there are many clubs and activities to join.

  • 02/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    amazing dining halls

    Tips for prospective students

    do your research and know that chances are you'll be discovering more about this school until the day you graduate

    In three sentences

    umass has a reputation, but it is up to you to find what umass can do for you. it's massive size allows students to have a unique college experience and find what they want out of their college education, with a little elbow grease of course.

  • 02/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    amc tcsa

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    nso was great!! northeast is the best place to live on campus, cuase it's close to all the classrooms!

    What to do for fun

    there are many (sports) games, concerts around the campus. also each dorm or floor will have something fun every week.

    Food and Dining

    food are good, and the dinning hall open till pretty late, so it's good for the students who have lab in the afternoon.

    Dorm Life

    some of the dorm are a little old, but it is great in general. good ra, environment.

    Academic Rigor

    the school provided almost every courses that i want to take, and give a lot opportunities to enroll.

    In three sentences

    great professors and tas. a lot resources in the library which will help you for your academic problem. nice people taking care for you.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    cheaper than many other state schools

    Food and Dining

    great food!

    Dorm Life

    dorms are average.

    In three sentences

    good state school with solid engineering and nursing programs. the campus is a little old, but charming.

  • 03/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security guards are frequently patrolling. Over all the campus is very safe though. After 8pm every night there is someone at the dorms to check you in.

    Greek Life

    There is a very active Greek life at UMass that has recently been growing. A lot of sororities and fraternities have there own houses on campus too.

    Clubs and Activities

    Check out the activities fair and you will see how many different options we have. There are art clubs, academic clubs, sports clubs, volunteer clubs, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We like breaking food world records. In 2010 we broke the world record for worlds longest California Sushi Roll and in 2011 we broke the record for worlds largest Stir Fry.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are an in state student then this is an excellent school to go to for a very reasonable price. If you are out of state it's still a good school, just not the cheapest. Warning: Prices seem to keep going up

    What to do for fun

    There's always activities going on around UMass. Sports events, concerts, parties supported by the school, parties not supported by the school. It all depends on what you're looking for. There are even free Friday and Sunday night movies in the campus center. Football tailgating and hockey games are the best, along with our Halloween!

    Food and Dining

    There are 4 dining halls that range in how great they are and then there is the campus center with various food places. The food is usually good at the dining halls though. Lots of choices. Plus, there's atleast always pizza if you don't like anything else!

    Dorm Life

    Freshman year RAP's (floors based on interest) really try to focus on a community experience, plus you get to know everyone easily because you have a class with them. RA's are usually pretty cool. Each section of campus really has it's own style and vibe, so pick it based off of what you like. Good luck getting into where you want to though because there are a lot of students trying to get housing in certain sections. There is also a new honors dorm coming in a year.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major the classes can be very intense and challenging or can be rather pointless. Gen-eds are easy to get through and then once you get into your major it's all up to you. There's a pretty large class selection so usually how hard your schedule turns out is up to you. If you take the education seriously then it can be very good.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you take advantage of the academics and activities then you will never be bored. There is a lot of diversity, so no matter what you choose to do there will be an opportunity and other people with your similar interest. Check out the activities fair, it actually helps and if you like sports then check out the gym, there's always activities going on and a really good recreational sports program.

    In three sentences

    UMass gives you a good education with a lot of choices. There's really something for everyone at this school. I'm really happy I ended up going to school here!

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty safe, with call boxes all around and a full-time police department located on campus. But one would want to be escorted back to their dorm at night if they live in Southwest because it's the party area. There's also a place near Sylvan which is very sketchy and should be avoided.

    Greek Life

    A bunch of different frats and sororities with their own personalities and traditions. Some are like the stereotypical Greek club, while others are more community service/culture based.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for everyone and everything.

    Great for these types of students

    Versatile students wanting to have new experiences and meet a ton of new people. The campus is enormous, so you're bound to make great friends and learn new things all the time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is very old, built in the 1860s. There are a few supposedly haunted areas, as well as fraternities and sororities. Every semester a bunch of people join in to play Humans Versus Zombies.

    Bang for the buck

    It's an affordable state school with great chances at getting a good education. I think it's rated the 4th best university in all of Massachusetts.

    What to do for fun

    Joining clubs, sports teams, going into Amherst or North Hampton, and attending one of the many events going on around campus. Also, the Mullins Center is always having musicians and entertainment.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is amazing! They have all kinds of cuisine, not to mention four dining commons and places to eat all throughout campus. The meal plan is worth it!

    Dorm Life

    Unless you want to live in a loud, overcrowded, dirty area, don't live in Southwest. It's the party hub, and mainly the cause for the party reputation and negative stereotypes surrounding the school. But otherwise, most of the areas offer distinct personalities to fit every student.

    Academic Rigor

    There are a wide variety of classes, from basic 101 courses to honors college courses. It's easy for someone to challenge themselves if they come here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not get caught up in the partying, or your grade will take a hit. Make use of the many oppertunities to get involved, meet new people, learn, and have fun. The school offers something to do for everyone!

    In three sentences

    UMass Amherst offers a high quality education, especially for a state college, and it is very affordable. Many people who apply are given grants, scholarships, and loans, plus the living conditions are great. It has a reputation as a party school, but if one is looking for a good education I recommend UMass Amherst.

  • 03/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UMASS has a good alert system and there are escorts if you're out late at night. There are also bluelight around campus.

    Greek Life

    I don't participate in it, but I do know that Greek life is less than 5% of the student body and that Pike has a terrible reputation of it's treatment of women that go there to party, which makes me wonder why in the world it is still around.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every club I've done has been a blast, and I look forward to joining more in the upcoming semester.

    Great for these types of students

    Since UMASS is so big, it's got a lot of different people. artsy kids stick to OHill or Central, Engineers and science kids go to North, and well, everyone's heard of South West. (that's where the name 'ZooMass' comes from)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bill Cosby buys lobster for us once a year. He denies it, but we know the truth.

    Bang for the buck

    It's good, especially for instate-ers, and the merit scholarships are good. it's also wonderful if one's in Linguistics, because our department is the best in the country.

    What to do for fun

    I do intermural soccer and co-ed soccer, which are great. There are a bunch of fun clubs, like the quidditch club, and the gym facility is awesome for workout classes or just working out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, it's won a lot of awards and such. And there's variety along with a lot of new things to try.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice, not huge, obviously, but there's enough space for roommates to not feel on top of one another. The only real issue is UMASS taking in more students than it can adequately house, thus a lot of lounges have turned into quads, robbing us of a place to hang out.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are challenging, like my intensive arabic class, while others like my creative writing class, are just fun. And then there are those that put you to sleep. It really depends on the teacher, like in any school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't take 8 o'clock classes, just don't. If a class is full and you're waitlisted, talk to the teacher, they might be able to let you in.

    In three sentences

    The construction is annoying but the classes are good. Intermural sports are fun here, as are the clubs. Classes are, for the most part good, as is the food!

  • 04/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is very important at UMass Amherst, especially because it is such a large campus. The school has its own police force and they are able to respond to things very quickly. All around campus are blue lights which are places you go to on campus if you are in need of help, and campus police respond immediately. There is also the text alerts that are sent to your phone in case of an emergency. The school often performs emergency drills on campus, in which alarms can be heard all throughout campus in case of an emergency. All dorm buildings require your ID to enter, and at night, you must sign others into your building if they do not live there. The school does a lot to keep the campus and its students very safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is quite prominent on campus. There are a variety of sororities and fraternities that may interest you. Many of the Greek house are on campus too, which makes it nice if you planned on living in the house. The Greek life is a great way to meet people and feel a sense of closeness. The Greek life on campus is also very community service base, and is often helping out in the community.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities on campus that will tailor to most student's interests. There are a variety of club sports, religious based clubs, nationality-based clubs, Greek life, community service based clubs, and much more. There is a parkour club, mock trial team, sustainability club, honors clubs and so much more. There are also many activities in the rec center that people enjoy such as zumba, kickboxing, or spinning.

    Great for these types of students

    UMass is notorious for being a big party school, but that in no way means you won't fit in you that does not interest you. What is great about the campus being so large and that there are so many students is that it is good fit for many students. If you are not a fan of the cold it may not be the best though. This school is great for anyone who likes the feel of a large campus and a strong community. It is good for students who have many interests and enjoy meeting people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a circle on one of the walkways on campus, that is said if you walk over it, you will not graduate in four years.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive, no matter where you go, and unfortunately prices keep going up, but there are some deals you can get. As a student, you get to ride the buses for free, you get free access to sports activities, which are very popular. There is a brand new recreation facility that is free to students. Often there will be various events held in your dorm room that provide free food too. There are many buildings with free computer access and wi-fi is available all throughout campus. It is all a matter if you take advantage of these activities.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is so large that there many options for activities. When the weather is nice, there is always something going on outside. Often people are playing ultimate frisbee, basketball, or just hanging out. The school offers a variety of events like free movie nights, dances, or concerts. Each year, there is a Spring Concert, which is $10 for students in which a few current artists perform. In the past there has been Carrie Underwood, Pretty Lights, Third Eye Blind, J Cole, B.o.B, 3oh!3 and more. There are buses constantly running that bring you to nearby places and are free to ride. The center of town is a 20 minute walk from campus, so there is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are four dining commons on campus and a few other alternative eating facilities, that are located in the campus center. The dining commons provide a variety of food options, that you are sure to find something that you like. Some daily options include, sandwiches, soups, salad bar, fruit, cereal, pasta bar and ice cream, along with a variety of main food that changes each day. The other facilities are specialty foods such as pizza, burritos, smoothies, or coffee, these places require swipes that cannot be used like a normal meal swipe. But they are nice if you are looking for a change in food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life varies greatly depending on what part of campus you live in. If you are looking for a high-pace environment, Southwest is probably ideal. But if you prefer a more quiet, low-key atmosphere, then Central may be a better option. But in the end, what will make your dorm life experience the best is putting yourself out there and getting to know your neighbors. The first few weeks of school, most people have their doors open, because everyone is new and everyone wants to meet people, so take advantage of that time, it won't last forever. You will be happy you did.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is what one might expect at a college level. Most classes require a decent amount of work, but professors usually provide a syllabus for the entire semester, so it is easy to spread your work out, which makes it much less stressful. Some classes are more rigorous than others, depending on the level. It is important to find a method that works for you, so you are not stressing or cramming at the last minute. The academic rigor is not beyond any one's capabilities if approached with enough effort and time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not rule this school out because of its location or reputation. Since the school is so large, you have the opportunity to meet many people and chances are you will find a group of friends you really fit in with. It is important also that you are able to get involved on camps and make professors recognize you, because it is easy to get lost in the large number of students.

    In three sentences

    The campus is quite large, so though it is in a rural town, you would never realize it. Many opportunities to get involved and gain experience. The amount of faculty and students on campus allows for diversity and many opportunities.

  • 04/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Tons of clubs on campus and even through the town. Go running or to the park and play frisbee. Go dancing at Lit. Ride the B43 to Northampton and go eat or shop. Take the bus to Boston or NYC for the weekend (MegaBus is sometimes $1 for inconvenient times). The farmer's market sets up sometime in March and runs through October, weather permitting.

    Dorm Life

    Idk?

    Tips for prospective students

    I've only been here for 1.5 semesters as a grad student, but I'd suggest becoming a loud-and-proud UMass Minutefan. Go to the games and get rowdy at night. Make friends with common interests and study during the day.

    In three sentences

    1. The campus is large, but the bus system works great; times between classes are long enough to take the bus across campus if you need to. 2. There is a TON of diversity as far as the food goes so I strongly suggest you bring your wallet and try whatever you can. 3. Watch out for bikes.

  • 04/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are lots of fun things to do, but its all about what you're interested in. Go out and find things you like. Sports events, going to the rec center, seeing all sorts of performances in the Fine Arts Center..there will always be something going on.

    Food and Dining

    It's good and only getting better. There are so many places on campus or close to campus to find something that you like. Even inside the dining commons there are plenty of foods to choose from!

    Dorm Life

    It's all what you make it. There are many different places to live, and usually your living area or floor will schedule some fun things to do throughout the year so you all interact!

    Academic Rigor

    I would say that it's all over the place. We have many professors that are lenient but most classes will challenge you in some way no matter what you're taking. Still, you can choose yourself how challenged you would like to be. So far, I'd say it's worth it to take the road of many difficulties.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely bring rain boots, jacket, and an umbrella. Get involved with at least one thing on campus; there are multiple sports clubs, band/orchestras, fraternities/sororities, and other things around so take advantage and meet people you can relate to! Never be afraid to ask a professor, teaching assistant, or an upperclassman for help, you can always find someone who's willing you help you out.

    In three sentences

    It's a place that you either really love, or you can't stand. Everything about this university is what you make of it. Opportunity lies all over the place.

  • 04/12/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I love the amount of diversity at this school and would really love to attend.

  • 04/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    any student will fit in just fine!

    Bang for the buck

    tuition is rising and more students are getting crammed into rooms that are too small. UMASS although i love the school, they need to make changes to this!

    Food and Dining

    Great food.. Some times very busy and hard to find seating but over all food is pretty good compared to most schools

    Dorm Life

    Great , there is a place for everyone! Each living area caters to different types of people/interests

    Academic Rigor

    Be careful! Classes are usually ALWAYS full an there are not enough for everyone. Some teachers are absolutely great some are not (hit or miss).

    In three sentences

    Great school, great potential for awesome academics and learning experiences. Just need to put more money into the students and common sense things; more housing, more professors/courses, etc.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have little stations scattered around campus where you can press a button and get help if you're ever in a dangerous situation. Every once in a while, they conduct emergency tests, fire drills, etc. At the entrance of every dorm building, there are security monitors checking IDs and signing guests in to make sure anyone who's not supposed to be there isn't sneaking in. I've walked through campus alone at night and haven't ever felt unsafe.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students are able to find their place here. Like I mentioned, different types of students are sort of divided by living area based on their interests, so find the best one for you and you'll make great friends. It also doesn't matter if you're into partying or not, if you're really dedicated to your studies or are more laid-back...UMass has so many students that you'll find your place easily.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm not sure about out-of-state students, but if you live in Massachusetts, UMass is one of the more affordable options. I definitely think the education you get here is exceptional for the amount you pay as an in-state student. Most of the professors are great people, enthusiastic and always willing to help.

    What to do for fun

    The towns of Amherst and Northampton are lots of fun, and there are busses that take you there for free. There are also a lot of events that the school plans.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good. The Berkshire D.C. is the most popular among students, but they have decent food at all 4 D.C.s. There are also other locations (student-run businesses like Greeno Sub Shop and Pita Pit, as well as the Blue Wall and many more) that have really good food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm sizes are average. Your living satisfaction depends on the type of person you are and the area you live in - each area has a certain stereotype, which are for the most part true, although you can find others like you wherever you live. Southwest is for preps and partiers, Central/Orchard Hill is for hipsters, and Northeast is for 'smart people.'

    Academic Rigor

    I only just finished my freshman year as an undeclared student, so I pretty much only took general education requirements - those were not too demanding, but you do have to put work in to get a good grade. Of course, everything depends on the professor, the level of the class, etc. Once you get into classes for your major, classes will be more difficult. It also depends on what you're focusing on - math/science courses obviously tend to be more rigorous than, for example, communication courses. But all in all, I would say the academic rigor at UMass is about the same as other schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard! UMass is getting a lot more competitive, so make sure you keep your grades up, get involved and maybe take some challenging high school classes. Take a tour of the campus to make sure you can see yourself here, although it shouldn't be hard to! RAPs are also a good idea to ease into college life as a freshman - you get to live with other freshmen who have similar interests. UMass has a reputation as a big party school. There are lots of parties if you're into that, but if not, it's incredibly easy to avoid. Also, if you get accepted, come in with an open mind. I know lots of people who didn't want to come here at first, but all of them ended up loving it.

    In three sentences

    UMass is a really fun place with tons of people of all backgrounds. You get to meet so many interesting people. The academics are also great and there are always people here willing to help you with anything.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is so much: - Something Every Friday: our on campus movie theater - 290 registered student organizations - UMass Night Outs - school sponsored night of events a couple times a semester - Uptown in Amherst for Nightlife (if you are 21) - Sporting Events - UMass is an off Broadway stop.

    Food and Dining

    Foods great, it can get repetitive at times but with so many dining halls and YCMP Swipe eateries there are a lot of options. Late night dining is always a favorite and most students enjoy Bershire Dining Common the best. We do have sushi every night of the week!

    Dorm Life

    With 6 areas to live in there is a living style for everyone. At UMass you can pick down to the room you live in which is extremely convenient when you want to live with friends. North - Apartment Style Living; 4 singles 2 bathrooms living room and kitchen Sylvan- Suite Style Living - A horseshoe suite with single and double room occupancy as well as a bathroom and living room for each suite. Northeast- VERY close to academic circle. A lot of math, science, and engineering students live there since it is so close to class. Old New England feel to it, with the rolling green hills and big brick buildings. *Oldest area on campus and also has the smallest rooms on campus. Orchard Hill - Separated from campus a little farther of a walk, great place to separate school from home. Quiet up there, beautiful! Central - Centrally located between north and south campus. Southwest- City style living, 1/2 of the on campus population lives in south west. The rooms are nice a good size, you can choose from z rooms, corner rooms, square, quads, single, triple, room with nook, room with walk in closet.

    Academic Rigor

    As a Carnegie One Research Institution UMass allows for our students to participate in undergraduate research which enables our students to be distinguished when entering the job market. 94% of our faculty hold the highest degree in their field, providing a challenging education.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Visit Campus - Eat in our Dining Halls - Bring a fan to orientation - Visit the town of Amherst - Go to the 23rd floor of the library and look at the 360 degree view of campus

    In three sentences

    UMass has a very diverse population that has a lot of opportunities. Despite your area of interest there is always a group of people for you. UMass allows for the student's voices to be heard in several facets.

  • 05/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Decent

    Greek Life

    There's some but you wouldn't consider this a big Greek school.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons, al;though some are more active than others

    Great for these types of students

    Any student can be happy here, there's so much to do and so many different courses and majors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school BAND!

    Bang for the buck

    Eat free at the dining halls on campus on Fridays!

    What to do for fun

    Lots of stuff on campus, from movies to sports to concerts to food events; clubs galore. Plus, as part of the 5-college area, free buses can take you to other schools and towns where there's even more.

    Food and Dining

    Great food.

    Dorm Life

    Of course its the students that make the dorm. Some dorms are old, some are newer. Hey, it's college.

    Academic Rigor

    Especially for major courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to meeting new people and new things. Learn how to balance your work and free time. Be proactive with teachers/TAs when you need help - don't wait.

    In three sentences

    Big school but not too big; offers Division I athletics, a variety of courses, including creating your own major, and a great college living environment, especially since it's part of the 5-college region.

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The UMass Police are vigilant about keeping campus safe. Every time a significant event occurs emails are sent to inform the community (the entire police log is available on the UMPD website.) There are blue light security poles all over campus and every year a walk is done to make sure every area of campus has immediate access to these poles.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 200 clubs on campus and that is not counting club sports and athletics, Greek life, or residence halls.

    Bang for the buck

    UMass is a top research institution that costs ~$20K for in state students, you can't do much better than that.

    What to do for fun

    Amherst and the areas around it are fairly rural, but play host to 5 top colleges (UMass, Amherst College, Smith, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke). So there is always something going on whether it is a festival, conference, theatrical production, art exhibit, sporting event... If you want to get away for the weekend the Peter Pan bus comes directly to campus.

    Food and Dining

    UMass has award winning dining services. The dining halls offer a wide variety of options and it is not an a la carte. There are always vegan/vegetarian options as well as a kosher dining option.

    Dorm Life

    The residence life program at UMass is strong and offers a lot of options and services. What is great are the peer mentors and theme floors as well as other programs that are offered to student to make them feel most comfortable in their living environment. Dorms offer several different living styles; same sex, coed, singles (these are hard to get), doubles, triples/quads, suite, apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    Like most schools, there are majors that you can do nothing in and squeak by and others that you spend all your time focused on. It is all what you make it, but if you take the initiative to work hard and study cross departmental you will get a rigorous education in your field and related fields.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a freshman join a RAP (residential academic program) so that you can live with people who have similar interests and majors. This will also help you insure that you live where you want to live. Overall, GET INVOLVED! Get on on-campus job, join a club, play on an intramural sports team. There are lots of opportunities on campus and the more you do, the more people you will know and the opportunities that will be open to you.

    In three sentences

    UMass is a relatively big school (20K+ undergraduate students) with a party reputation. It is also a great school for those who want to focus on their academics (don't worry, the partiers won't get in your way.) Like most schools, it is all what you make it!

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Overall, the college is a safe place.

    Greek Life

    They have a number of honor societies; there is the honor college. Honor college is like a small college within the large university but that costs you extra now. Fraternities will always act more or less like fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    From the craft center to sports, there is always something going on. It is tempting to loose sight of your studies.

    Great for these types of students

    Independent, self-assured students can best maneuver through the bureaucratic maze, particularly in undergraduate programs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I can't think of any unusual traditions or locations on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Depends on the program. In Science , business and education you will get bang for you buck. Other programs? Don't believe everything you read about career options.

    What to do for fun

    There is a new multimillion dollar gym, swimming, and ice skating. Entertainment on campus ranges from sports events to bands and art exhibit. There is a lot you to do on campus and in the community. They have a great bus system connecting the campus to the community.

    Food and Dining

    OK but expensive.

    Dorm Life

    Expensive sardine experience in small shared dorm rooms. Students who need to concentrate often have to go the library to study.

    Academic Rigor

    Demanding course load, lots of reading. Unless you are a quick learner be prepared to put in a fair amount of work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your homework on total costs and financial aid. Be quick to enroll in undergraduate classes, many fill up in hours of enrollment. Use the housing options off campus to save a bundle.

    In three sentences

    A good choice for transfer students because it costs much more than community college and gen ed courses are over-enrolled. Experience differs between departments. Graduate level teacher education multicultural and well designed.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is very little to worry about in terms of safety around campus. Crime is almost a non factor. The campus is well lite at night so one feels safe and has almost nothing to worry about.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not huge at Umass and only about 15 percent of the students get involved. However, it is a huge campus so there are several frats and sororities the join.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs and sports to join at Umass. There are several intramural sports and even if one does not find a club that fits their liking they can just create their own.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like a large campus and plenty of social activities then Umass is something to consider.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Antonio's pizza is ranked in the top pizza places in then nation which is in downtown Amherst. Other than that, I haven't noticed any unusual locations.

    Bang for the buck

    Umass Amherst is considered the best state college in Massachusetts for the money and is mainly why nearly 100 kids from my graduating class go there now. It has everything a student could ask for in a college along with being relatively cheap.

    What to do for fun

    Along with the excellent food, Amherst is rated the the best college town in America. There is a downtown area a few blocks from campus that has many restaurants and shops. In more of the surrounding areas there are mountains for hiking, skiing and snow boarding. There are almost always sports games on campus to attend like football, basketball, hockey and lacrosse. Along with all of this there are 4 other colleges near Umass that students can visit and even take classes at.

    Food and Dining

    Umass is well known for its great food. Held at one the top ten schools in the nation, Umass dining has a plethora of food choices. The dining here is one of my, and many others, favorite aspects of the school.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is a great college experience in general, especially at Umass! There are several living areas to chose from when one decides to live on campus that suit the needs and likes of a variety of students. Some areas can get loud some times but there are plenty of other places to study on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm an engineering student so I have a heavy work load. The academic rigor strongly depends on what major one decides to take.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you like a big school and like being in a rural part of the country although the school its self has a city feel to it. Students need to have good time management skills to balance work and social life.

    In three sentences

    The school has a wide range of majors to choose from allowing students to find what they love to do. Amherst also has a great division 1 sports club. There are over 20 thousand students so finding social groups is never a problem.

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt unsafe on campus.

    Greek Life

    It's a small percentage of student life, yet is definitely a presence on campus!

    Clubs and Activities

    So many to choose from!

    Great for these types of students

    The great thing about a state school is that absolutely EVERY type of student ends up there. Whether you're a super jock, artsy fartsy, laid back, or eagerly studious, you'll find your kind at UMass.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Look out for the WEB DuBios wind tunnel outside of the library. Ladies, hold down your skirts!

    Bang for the buck

    Hello, state school! Notable academics + in-state tuition = can't lose.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of frat parties, concerts on campus, and other university-sponsored events. A weekend will never pass in which you have nothing to do!

    Food and Dining

    UMass dining is ranked top ten in the nation!

    Dorm Life

    My floor-mates from freshman year remain my best friends today! Facilities are nice and storage is plentiful!

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are rigorous, yet always manageable. The perfect balance!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! UMass is the size of a small city, so be sure to join clubs, RSO's, and sports teams in order to make your experience at UMass your very own!

    In three sentences

    My favorite aspect of UMass is its diversity, which is no short of thriving. It is academically rigorous, yet not unbearably difficult, and always promises flourishing social life. With world-renowned professors, excellent facilities, and hundreds of clubs and extra-curricular activities offered across campus, UMass provides limitless opportunities to undergrads and graduate students alike.

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always cops walking around.

    Greek Life

    Average greek life... If you want to join it, go for it.

    Clubs and Activities

    so many to chose from, I can't even begin. There's a club for everything here.

    Great for these types of students

    who like to socialize with people

    Bang for the buck

    Very affordable school for a great education

    What to do for fun

    On the weekend: Hobart, Puffton, downtown Amherst, frat life, or hang out in the dorms. On the weekdays: hang out in our awesome tower of a library

    Food and Dining

    awesome food and a lot of selection

    Dorm Life

    Co-ed floors in most buildings, 4 different living areas however.

    Academic Rigor

    You do have to put in time to your studies. It's not as much a party school its cracked up to be. The classes can be pretty challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    The class size is pretty big in entry level classes, but as you begin to get closer to classes required for your major they taper down.

    In three sentences

    The food in the dining common is phenomenal! There is always something going on on campus. Everyone is pretty friendly and accepting.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's emergency campus telephones all over campus. The campus police are always on watch, and extremely helpful. If there is a disaster going on, the campus police ensures to e-mail every student for a warning. You even have the choice to link you're e-mail to your phone, and receive a text as well.

    Greek Life

    There's plenty of sororities and fraternities that are looking to recruit. If you take the chance to get to know some, you might find your fit. Being a part of a sorority or fraternity opens many opportunities to network.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's practically every club, organization, sport you can think of, we even have Quidditch! If there's not, you can always start it yourself. Some of these clubs/organizations are belly dancing club, photography club, parkour, boxing club, LGBT, BSU, AAA, VS, etc.

    What to do for fun

    If you ever have free time and it's nice weather, you can always sit by the campus pond, or even go for a swim in Puffer's Pond. If you're just looking for a place to get out, there's always downtown Amherst where you can delicious foods from all cultures to eat. Using the PVTA bus system is a great resource. You can always take the bus to North Hampton and shop, or take it to the Holyoke Mall to shop as well. There's plenty to do, when you're not in class!

    Food and Dining

    UMass dining is actually in the Princeton review, for Top 10 College Food. Need I say more? There are currently four dining halls at UMass: Berkshire, Worcestor, Hamshpire, and Franklin. They each provide an extremely wide variety of foods. There is no worry if you are vegetarian or vegan, because there's something for everyone. It can be extremely hard to dine in and eat especially for lunch, when you're on the run from class to class. That's why we offer grab n' go, which is foods that are prepared in the dining halls, and wrapped up in containers so you can take it with you, when you're on the run. There are also convenient stores and other food places that open pretty late, so you can always buy something to eat if the dining halls are closed.

    Dorm Life

    Students get the option to either live on campus or off. For on campus, there are many living areas to choose from: Southwest, Central, Orchard Hill, Northeast, Sylvan, and even the North Apartments. UMass ensures that you live in an area where you will be comfortable. There's are category dorms, based on interest. For example, there's same sex, multicultural, certain majors etc. You will easily find a fit for yourself, and live with people that share the interest. Each hallway of every dorm, there is an RA, residential assistant, who are extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the entire campus and the resources, so please don't be shy to approach them if you have questions or if you just want to chat.

    Academic Rigor

    With the 5 College Program, that UMass Amherst participates in, you are not only allowed to take classes here at UMass, but you are also allowed to take courses in the colleges around the area (Mt. Holyoke, Smith, Hampshire & Amherst). This is convenient if UMass doesn't offer a specific class you're looking for. If you're taking courses at UMass, and feel like you're not being challenged, it is encouraged that you apply to be a part of the Commonwealth Honors College. With the honors college, class sizes are limited to less than 30 students, so you are each able to get individual attention, as well as get well acquainted with the professor. This can be very helpful later on, when you need a recommendation letter or a reference on a job application. Not only the classes are smaller in size, but they are at honors level, which allows you to be challenged academically. If you ever have trouble with classes, the academic advisers are easy to contact and always welcoming.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by the large population. It may seem overwhelming, but once you settle in, you will make your own group of friends and find your own niche and place to call home.

    In three sentences

    UMass Amherst, rated number one college town, is a public school with a large population of students. Its diversity allows students to blend and be exposed to the beautiful cultures all around them. With the UMass experience, students will be given great opportunities to achieve, and excel.

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I never felt unsafe on campus, even when walking back in the middle of the night. Certain parts of campus are known to be unsafe, and as result some of them have been renovated to include improved lighting. There were only one or two incidents throughout the entire year, but I and all students on campus were immediately notified and were therefore able to take appropriate precautions and be aware.

    Greek Life

    I personally did not get involved in greek life, but it seemed like the people who were involved in frats were having fun. Sorry I can't say more on this subject, but I honestly don't know.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs at Umass - make sure that if you choose to attend, you don't miss the fall club fair. One of the coolest in my opinion is the Massgames club - a club which runs, once a semester, the game Humans versus Zombies, an intense 24/7 game of tag which lasts for two weeks. If you want to do it, there's probably a club for it somewhere, you just have to go find it. There's a website listing of all on campus organizations just to help you do that.

    Great for these types of students

    Umass is great for people who are self-motivated and can manage their time decently well. If you work hard enough, you can teach learn to balance all the different components of student life, and have a wonderful college experience. If you're not willing to chase professors and seek out opportunities, you won't have a good time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unusual traditions I don't know much about, but there are some cool places on campus worth checking out at some point while visiting. The best one I can think of are the durfree conservatory and garden - during certain hours of the day you can go inside and check it out. There's an equestrian farm somewhere on campus where if you fork over the cash you can get riding lessons from a trained instructor. Also, there are still some cool parts of the du bois library which I still haven't gotten a chance to explore. There's always more stuff to see at Umass, some of which is actually kinda cool.

    Bang for the buck

    For out of state students such as myself, the rates are pretty rough unless you get a decent financial aid package. If you can, it's wonderful - there are a ton of options available to you as a student, the food's pretty great - for college, that is - and the free bus system makes it easy to get around and do stuff in the cutesy little towns off campus.

    What to do for fun

    There's plenty of stuff to do at Umass, but like most things you need to seek things out on your own. Besides hanging out with friends, there are tons of clubs, plays, musical performances, and more going on all the time. The nearby towns are both fun to visit and free via the bus system on campus. The student union has some cool stuff available, and there is a website called campus pulse which let's you know what events are going on in the coming weeks.

    Food and Dining

    Compared to my expectations of what college food would be like, I was generally impressed with the quality of the food served at Umass, Amherst. There are a bunch of different dining halls on campus each with unique specialties and options, and all the food you can eat. Towards the end of my first year, all the food sorta started to taste the same, but despite that I find myself craving it now that i'm back home for the summer.

    Dorm Life

    The freshman dorms are pretty great, and you are guaranteed housing your first year, most of the dorms available being freshman only. The dorm in which I lived, Van Meter (In central) had just been renovated when I went, and was really sweet. The entire basement was renovated the summer of 2011, so we had a new kitchen, swanky couches, and flat-screen televisions. Housing in other parts of the campus was usually atleast acceptable, but varied. There were social events hosted by the RA's during finals week that were pretty cool, and some free tickets offered for local plays and movies. Overall, the people in my dorm were great and I came to befriend a bunch of them.

    Academic Rigor

    Generally, in regards to academics, I got out what I put in. Certain classes were easier than others, but overall I did feel like I needed to attend most of my classes and study hard in order to get the grades which I wanted.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Don't be intimidated by the size - you will be spending most of your time in certain sections of campus, the rest you will likely only visit once or twice when you stumble upon them or seek them out. 2. When visiting, keep in mind that Umass is practically several campuses in one - when looking at where to live, think about what sort of college experience you want to have. Southwest has a party school vibe, Northeast is an engineering school, Ohill and central are more of a liberal arts college. 3. The weather in Umass varies from really warm to freezing cold - be prepared for occasionally horrible weather.

    In three sentences

    Umass Amherst is a large school with a moderately diverse community, beautiful surrounding region and active student community. While the campus feels huge, after a month living there it is easy to navigate - Even an unadventurous student will be prone to stumble upon cool new stuff while living on campus. The teachers tend towards being pretty good, and there's always stuff to do at Umass - if you seek it out on your own.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UMass goes to great ends to protect its students, even employing a campus police force that is larger than the Boston police force.

    Greek Life

    UMass has a large and active greek life. several of my friends joined frats and sororities after our freshman year, and they enjoy it immensely.

    Clubs and Activities

    With so many students, there is bound to be a club for anyone. Whether you like LARPing. slack lining, playing soccer, or riding a unicycle, there is a club for you. Even if you don't find a club for the activity that you enjoy, you can start one with just 5 other students who share your interests!

    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for all types of students. Even though it is more on the large side, with roughly 25,000 students, there are opportunities for students of all types.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    From Southwest Beach (a grass field with tons of tanners on a sunny day) to the Northeast Quad (a more traditional college quad in the Northeast residential area) every area on campus has its own distinct feel that together merge into the wonderful campus of UMass.

    Bang for the buck

    UMass, while the cost has risen slowly in the past years, has also greatly raised its academic and living standards, creating a high quality college for much less than other universities of its caliber.

    What to do for fun

    You can go out on the weekends, there are sports events, comedy shows, concerts, as well as numerous clubs and groups that hold events on a regular basis. There is never a shortage of things to do.

    Food and Dining

    For several years now, UMass has had the top dining program in the nation. With several standard dining halls carrying a vast and ever changing menu as well as many other smaller restaurant type places, you'll never be without food on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. Even if you don't like your roommate, with so many people around you're bound to find someone that you'll want to hang out with. There are dorms with specific living styles as well, such as 24 hour quiet hour dorms and health conscious dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can range from easy to extremely hard. The computer science department is top 10 in the nation, we have the most liberal economics program in the nation, and one of the top business schools in the nation. The potential is there, you just have to take advantage of it!

    Tips for prospective students

    You should bring a bike or a skateboard to campus, as it's very large. Two of the dorm complexes are on the high end of campus, and the other two are lower ground. Also, get involved right away! There are 25,000 students on campus, you should start meeting some of them as soon as possible.

    In three sentences

    This school is simply out of this world. The first time I set foot on campus it felt like I belonged there, and I knew I would study there. Amazing people, amazing food, amazing classes.

  • 06/17/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There has never in the history of UMass been a rape on campus. This is just one piece of evidence that points to campus safety. There are many efforts made to make the campus as safe as possible. However, there is still theft at UMass that student ought to be aware of.

    Clubs and Activities

    As a huge university, there are numerous clubs and activies. There is far too much to just list here.

    Great for these types of students

    UMass is especially great for students like me who are undeclared and need lots of options to figure out exactly what to do in college and in life. Also, it has a great classics and astronomy program in addition to having a growing renown as a research institution. So if you have interest in any of those areas, its great for you.

    Bang for the buck

    As a public school, its one of the lowest costing options for college, but that doesn't mean you are lacking in what you can get from the university. It has huge bang for your buck.

    What to do for fun

    UMass has enless opportunities for fun, both on and off campus. There are events, student organizations, a great surrounding area, and more. Again, its all what you make of it.

    Food and Dining

    The food at UMass is great! It ranks in the top ten in the nation for college and university dining and this is not for nothing. The food has many options, including healthy ones, that are all well prepared and deliciuos.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is different depending on where you dorm. This is a great aspect of UMass, though, because you have so many options as to how you want to live at UMass.

    Academic Rigor

    This is something which I don't think I can completely answer because I have yet to take any classes. However, before even having taken classes I have placed out of 3 general education classes and acquired 14 credits. This could be indicative of easy classes. Yet, I still don't think I can really completely answer this question.

    Tips for prospective students

    You must go out there and get what you want at UMass. Nothing is going to come to you, but its all there if you want to get it.

    In three sentences

    UMass Amherst has a large, beautiful campus that is full of opportunity. Not only is it full of opportunity, but it is full of very good opportunities in the social and academic realm. It is a fantastic school that is as good as you are willing to make it for yourself.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's so much to do both on and off campus! Tons of clubs, concerts, cool free activities. Never a dull moment

    Food and Dining

    The food is AMAZING. No words can describe.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at UMass is amazing. Huge school, lots of friendly people, lots to do. Each area has its own stereotype which is good and bad. You find people with similar interests as you, and each residential area has a lot to offer.

    Academic Rigor

    The 100-level classes are easy, but they are so big that you need to stand out. Talk to all of your teachers no matter what, and make sure to study way in advanced!

    Tips for prospective students

    Pick a major you know you want to stick to, because it's hard to transfer between colleges. Live in a dorm area that you feel most comfortable, and where you feel you'll be most successful.

    In three sentences

    UMass is a great school that provides both academically challenging classes and exciting school life. The town is filled with college students, and really provides a good experience. The classes are larger and difficult as years pass, but it is definitely do-able.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Nothing special. The frats are alright but there is a bit of a stigma of joining one. since they aren;t really cool at UMass people kind of look at it as kids who have trouble making friends. some of them have alright parties though.

    Food and Dining

    Awesome food. You can get great stuff from custom stir fry to burritios and sushi. UMass cracked the Princeton Review top 10 for food this year.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are decent, they can get kinda hot when its warm out though. Southwest is definitely the best in my opinion.

    Academic Rigor

    I am in the business school which is fairly competitive. It's not that hard to get good grades but you really do have to earn them. Nothing too overwhelming though.

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Kids who want to do well in school and would rather balance school with partying than other schools.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't walk through the Bad Grade Circle by Gerber field, supposedly if you walk through the center, you'll fail a class. It's nick name is Zoomass Slamherst because of the parties.

    Bang for the buck

    If you're an in-state student, it's awesome. The school is top 100 in the country. Out of state it's a bit worse, but there's so much to do, it's worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Going out to the bars if you're of age, and a lot of the fraternities have parties to go to. During the day, there are so many intramural sports and clubs to get into. Amherst and Northampton are both great towns with great shopping and interesting people to see. I've been living in Amherst for two years and still find things to adventure and do. There are also a lot of events that housing groups throw or clubs throw at the Student Union and Campus Center. There is also a large group of Fraternity and Sorority life to get involved with.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Berkshire and Hampshire are the best food ever. I always bring my friends there when they visit.

    Dorm Life

    If you're in Southwest or Central, it's fine, and you'll have a good time in school, but if you're placed in the other dorm areas, you're completely out of luck for social encounters when you get to school. Making friends can be really hard at such a large school, and the other housing options are smaller and people generally don't want to live there.

    Academic Rigor

    Students can choose when to go to class, but I often find that my lectures are full and the students genuinely want to learn and do well in their classes. The exams and papers are tough but with hard work and talking with the professors, it's much easier to do well when you want to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for a RAP when picking housing, it will give you an automatic in where you want to live. Go abroad and take your gen-eds there if you can. Take classes at the four other schools. It's a great opportunity if you can.

    In three sentences

    It's an amazing school with great professors, great classes and choices for majors. It's a large school and a lot of opportunities to get involved with the community. There is a strong school spirit and pride with its students.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police can be found easily.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not big on the Umass campus but there are a few sororities and fraternities to choose from for those who are interested.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    Umass is a great school and is full of intelligent professors and students. Anyone in Massachusetts going to this school is getting a great education for a fragment of the price of a private school or out of state schools.

    What to do for fun

    There is a club on campus for everyone. Downtown Amherst is great and full of little shops and locally owned restaurants. Northhampton is nearby and is a great place to spend a Saturday afternoon.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls have a lot of variety and plenty of options for everyone, including vegans and vegetarians. They have cuisine from all different ethnicities. There is something for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. There are programs to get involved in in each individual dorm which makes it easy to make friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should get involved on campus and not be afraid to ask questions. Explore your options and see everything that Umass has to offer.

    In three sentences

    Umass Amherst is a diverse campus with opportunities for all different types of students. The new buildings which have been added to the campus make for an excellent learning environment. For such a large campus, it is very easy for students to find where they belong.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do for fun from clubs, to parties, to going out in the town.

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms may be small but the people are what makes it a great place.

    Academic Rigor

    It gets difficult but if you work hard you can succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the size scare you. There is a place for everyone.

    In three sentences

    It is a very large school but has a great sense of community. The atmosphere and the people attending makes the school what it is. It is fun and easygoing while also being academically rigorous.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt unsafe.

    Greek Life

    Ehh, if that's what you're into, it's there. If you're not, there are other things to do.

    Clubs and Activities

    SO many to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, driven, independent.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The green house.

    Bang for the buck

    This is particularly true if you're an in-state student.

    What to do for fun

    Play soccer, hang out with friends, read, just relax.

    Food and Dining

    The best campus food I have ever had.

    Dorm Life

    My favorite part of UMass. I have met some, I'm sure of it, lifelong friends from my dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Relatively speaking, I have yet to consider UMass overly rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn to manage your time. Balancing between school, work, activities, and a social life is probably the most difficult part of college.r

    In three sentences

    I have had great experiences at UMass so far. After initial adjustment, I really found my niche. Great faculty, great social life, and of course, great food.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. At night, the campus is always lit and there are nearby emergency phone booths just in case there is one.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and most clubs have general interest meetings the first month of every term.

    Great for these types of students

    Umass is really fit for anyone. The school is so versatile and diverse that anyone can come and fit in

    What to do for fun

    You can always apple pick in the fall and go hiking at nearby parks. There is always something to do on the weekend.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing compared to other universities. If the dining commons are not right for you, there is always a bus ride to restaurants. The restaurants in amherst center are ver delicious.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is more than satisfying. During freshmen year, everybody is in the same situation and really open to meeting people. Each dorm is very clean most of the time. There is always someone cleaning everyday. All the facilities are very convenient.

    Academic Rigor

    You're definitely going to be in large introductor classes. Its important to do everything by the deadline.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely read professor ratings. Always get your homework done and make sure to go to the professor for questions

    In three sentences

    Throughout my years at amherst, i was always meeting new people and learning. The school strives to improve and become better for its students. The only down side is that there are more than one professor for one class

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have been safe all my years on campus. It takes being cautious and safe about decisions on drinking, socializing, and communicating with others responsibly.

    Greek Life

    Make sure you do your research on the organization you want to join. There are some that focus on academic scholarship, community, sisterhood/brotherhood, and philanthropy (Sigma Psi Zeta), while others tend to loose sight of these things while planning parties and socials.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything under the sun has a group, and if there is a slight chance no one has created one, they make it as easy as 1,2,3 to create it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lobster dinner on Halloween Free Spring Concert Black out weekend Homecoming Sexual Assault Awareness week Asian Night Greenhouses, Farm, Rinks, Gyms, Newman Center, Hillel House, Student run co-ops throughout campus

    What to do for fun

    The most fun you can have on campus is attending campus events like dances at the student union and activities expos. There are so many ways to get involved, its as easy as looking at the Umass website of events. There are also concerts, games, ice skating, gyms (inter mural sports), and themed nights like the lobster dinner served every Halloween.

    Food and Dining

    This would be five stars if it was solely based on the Berkshire dining common but it's not. The DC's are a meeting place, study area, and event space. They offer many varieties of food like sushi bar, stir fry bar, pizza, salads, and much more international cuisine.

    Dorm Life

    It really depends on where you live, but the dorms are a great place to make friends as well as study and relax. The staff keeps the facilities clean and the recycling program is very green. Cluster offices in the dorms provide games and activities for the students as well as assistance for any question regarding campus. Beware, keep your doors locked and assets safe because there are thousands of students and visitors on campus who may try and steal.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are what you make of them. Paying attention to lectures and attendance will pay in the long run for your career and there are many valuable lessons to be learned. Slacking is possible but it only hurts you in the long run when you have payed tuition and can't remember anything you've purchased. Challenge yourself and your professors will see your passion and work to make sure you understand the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you utilize the campus resources and spend time getting to know your professors and other staff on campus, you will gain inspiration, education, and support while in college. Enjoying your college experience to the fullest is done most easily through involvement on campus and off in the local areas like Amherst, Northampton, and Sunderland. Always take a chance at something new just to say you have tried it because you may regret giving up a opportunity to learn or not even realize what you've missed.

    In three sentences

    UMass is a great state school with lots of funding for student activities and great educational opportunities. The student population is diverse and many students are from different backgrounds and cultures. Many majors offer guidelines for coursework but there is flexibility to shape your major to your liking as well as time to explore other interests if you are interested in a minor.

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus, but at the same time I don't walk around campus by myself.

    Greek Life

    There is Greek life to get involved with on campus. I know a few people in frats and sororities, and they only have good things to say about it.

    Clubs and Activities

    As I mentioned before, there are many many clubs and activities to get involved with on campus. If there isn't a club for something you have a passion for, which is rare, you can create the club.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The hockey games and football games are key events that most students go to. They're a great way to show school spirit, support the UMass Minutemen, and hang out with friends.

    Bang for the buck

    The level of education you get at UMass Amherst alone is enough bang for the buck, but in addition there are countless things to get involved with, and amazing people you'll get to meet.

    What to do for fun

    There are almost too many things to do for fun at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. There are so many clubs to join ranging from sporting clubs to dancing clubs to crafting clubs and everything in between. There are more competitive club sports and more for fun intramural sports. There are performances, concerts, and UMass sporting events. UMass is located very close to the center of town which has many more places to go hang out with your friends.

    Food and Dining

    UMass Dining is amazing. There is an incredible variety at the many dining commons on campus; you can eat a healthy salad, splurge on delicious pizza and fries, eat Kosher, eat vegetarian, or enjoy special late-night meals. The hours are convenient, and the lines are never too long. And the YCMP (Your Campus Meal Plan) swipes are a great addition and can be used at the many food places throughout campus.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the dorms freshman and sophomore year, and moved off campus after my second year. I lived in both dorm style and suite style dorms. Both years I found that there was adequate custodial staff cleaning the halls and the bathrooms, and the Resident Assistants were friendly and encouraged residents to attend activities. I enjoyed living in the dorms and recommend freshman to dot he RAP (Residential Academic Program) their first year on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the program you are enrolled in, your time spent on academic work varies. I am an engineering student, so I am always busy with projects and homework. I have friends in other majors that seem to have more free time in their schedule. It also depends on how focused you are when you do your work. But in general, at UMass you will be challenged and have an amazing education, but you can also have a life and enjoy what else college and UMass has to offer.

    Tips for prospective students

    The tip I would give to prospective students is get involved freshman year! I waited until sophomore year to get involved in clubs and activities and I wish I had been involved sooner.

    In three sentences

    The University of Massachusetts at Amherst is a great place to get an amazing education while making life long friends and making good friends. There are endless clubs and activities to get involved in that can help build a resume or allow you to follow a passion. UMass Amherst is large enough to have diversity in what the university can offer while not being too large to manage.

  • 07/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is a big priority at UMass. Despite the campus being large I feel comfortable walking back to my dorm late at night. The campus police is really helpful and there are emergency blue box stations set all over campus in case you ever feel unsafe. I have never felt nervous about my safety while on campus or in the surround area.

    Greek Life

    I am not part of the Greek Life but I have been to some fraternity parties and they are awesome. Many of my friends are part of Greek Life and LOVE it, it has taken over their life and they love their Greek families.

    Clubs and Activities

    I love the outdoors so the group I devote most of my time to is the outing club. UMass has a cabin in the White Mountains, New Hampshire where we take weekend trips to. At least twice a week there are rock climbing trips and sunrise/sunset hikes. Walking around campus on any given day you can find a club sponsored activity going on like tie dying, slack lining and volunteering. There are always sports events to attend and intramural sports are really popular.

    Great for these types of students

    UMass is great for everyone. With 20,000 students there is a guarantee that you will be able to find students who you would want to be friends with.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UMass has an awesome nature conservatory that is open year round and kept at 85 degrees. When you are walking to class in the snowy winter you can walk through the warm greenhouse and unfreeze on your way to class.

    Bang for the buck

    I transferred to UMass after attending Fairfield University for my freshmen year. Deciding to transfer to a big state school was the best decision I made. State schools are the way to go if money is important to your family. I do not regret making the transfer to UMass.

    What to do for fun

    With over 200 clubs and groups I have found that there are always too many fun things for me to do, literally. Intramural sort are always a blast and a great place to meet a lot of new friends. When you need to get off campus UMass is a five minute walk from downtown Amherst and a 30 minute free bus ride to Northampton where you can find great food, bars and hiking trails.

    Food and Dining

    After visiting my high school friends at the colleges they chose to attend I have never found a school with dining food as good as UMass's!

    Dorm Life

    Outstanding dorm life, the resident staff is really awesome and helps get people in the dorms to form close bonds and find fun things to do! The rooms are average in size but always clean and well kept.

    Academic Rigor

    Freshmen year most of the classes are large lectures and I found that to be a hard transition but upper level courses are smaller in size and all of my professors have had many open office hours for extra help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should start their school year with a open mindset. There are an endless amount of activities to get involved in and experience if you are willing to try them. Because UMass is a large school the experience can be overwhelming at first and it's important to reach out to others if you feel stressed!

    In three sentences

    UMass Amherst is home. From the endless list of classes and school clubs to join, UMass has everything to offer to make all your dreams possible. It's easy to become the person you want to be with all the resources and networks you'll encounter.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police station very close, security in the dorms.

    Greek Life

    Several sororities and fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    MANY student organizations, including student-run businesses.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the more affordable colleges in New England.

    What to do for fun

    Exercise at the gyms, view art exhibits on campus, leadership opportunities, sports, movie screenings. Off-campus: Nearby shopping, restaurants, and bars/clubs for 21+ students.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the dining commons is pretty good! Most dining commons have a 'Grab and Go' area for students to get food on their way to classes. The library, campus center, student union and Whitmore administrative building all have additional places to get food. Off campus, there are many take-out places ranging from pizza to Indian cuisine. Bonus: Most take-out restaurants are competitive with prices and deliver to the dorms.

    Dorm Life

    There are many different residential areas for students to pick from: North/North East, Central, Orchard Hill, Sylvan, Southwest, and North Apartments. Each area is unique and has it's own benefits. First year students are often housed together.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes vary depending on the professor and course level. Most are challenging enough to stimulate learning, but not impossible for students to succeed in.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Tour the campus before starting your semester. The size of the campus is large, but there are maps and many people willing to help. Soon you will navigate just fine. - Take advantage of academic advisers, peer advisers, and residential assistants in the dorms. All are valuable sources of information. - Look into scholarships and internship opportunities. There are many. - Look into the benefits of being a part of the 5 college system. U-Mass Amherst students can also take courses at Hampshire College, Smith College, Amherst College, and Mount Holyoke College.

    In three sentences

    U-Mass is a great school with a lot of school spirit. The campus is huge with academic and recreational opportunities for just about anyone. It's a fun place to get an education and in the heart of a college town.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Plenty of things. GET INVOLVED.

    Food and Dining

    We are ranked amongst the top best dining colleges.

    Dorm Life

    I loved my dorm and my roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    If you go to class and do the work, it is not too hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is very possible to be successful at UMass, you just have to set your goals and go for them. Do not let distractions and procrastination get in your way.

    In three sentences

    Honestly, I loved my first semester at UMass but after a while I realized I didn't really like the environment. It is extremely hard to focus and I feel like there are not many students who want to work hard to succeed.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many on-campus activities. The town of Amherst keeps students busy during the weekends with it's many shops in the downtown area. Sports is a huge university-wide activity that brings many students out on the field to cheer for their team.

    Tips for prospective students

    Network with the dean of you college. Each is dean is welcoming and looks forward to meeting new students.

    In three sentences

    UMASS is widely diverse. UMASS is located in one of the best college towns in New England. UMASS has an excellent academic advisers.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Adventurous, independent, initiative-taking

    Bang for the buck

    Going to this public school is one of the best deals available if you are from Massachusetts.

    What to do for fun

    I do a lot on campus: The Center for Education Policy & Advocacy, UMass / 5 College Sailing Team, Peer Mentoring, ushering at the Fine Arts Center, flag football intramural team, executive committee for my major's department. Amherst is home to a quaint downtown with cafes, bars, restaurants, and a indie movie theater.

    Food and Dining

    UMass dinning is ranked perennially by Princeton Review in the top ten nationwide. Custom made omelets, stir-fry, and sushi are often made to order, right in front of you.

    Dorm Life

    My freshman dorm was great. I'll be living in a freshman dorm again during my sophomore year as a residential academic advisor.

    Academic Rigor

    There are courses and professors which provide courses ranging from onerous to facile.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a school where you need to take initiative inside and outside of the classroom to find your niche.

    In three sentences

    UMass Amherst has just about everything to offer, except a small campus. If you have drive and discipline, you can make anything happen while attaining a first-rate education in the process.

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is exceptional! The campus police station is a brand new green building increasing its efficiency by being closer to campus and helping the environment too. The UMass police force is always about on foot, bike, motorcycle, car or horse. There are several emergency posts that can be used by students to notify police that they need assistance. They are easy to find in both day or night (a large blue light). and if you stand at one, you can usually see another from where you stand, so they are never far away.

    What to do for fun

    There is always plenty to do on campus. But if you get sick of the city that is UMass, the town of Amherst is a comfortable walk away. And for those who would prefer not to walk, during the semester, there are buses going to the center of town, during the day, every 15 minutes. On campus there is the craft center, the rec. center, two gyms, the billiards club (practically an arcade with pool and air hockey tables, wii, PS3, XBOX 260, board games) and much more! For those who would like to just relax or explore, Umass has a large man-made pond with fountains and ducks to feed, behind Orchard Hill, there is a small trail that connects to Sylvan which leads to the sylvan woods that has a steadily running creek.

    Food and Dining

    There are currently four, but very soon to be FIVE dining halls on campus. All are available to students no matter where they reside as long as they have a meal plan. UMass has award winning food, but it isn't award winning all the time. So some days there is so much good food that you don't know where to start, other days there is next to nothing. And, depending where you choose to eat and at what time, students can have a hard time finding a place to sit (Berkshire is the busiest).

    Dorm Life

    As suggested before, get to know your floor. The residential assistants (RA) are very nice and usually available, and if they aren't you can always go to the next floor, up or down, and grab that RA with any questions or concerns. They take special classes to become an RA, so they know almost everything about the university and where to go when you need something. However, depending on how a student wants to experience college, the residential areas themselves need to be reviewed for noise levels, room size, the feel of the area inside and out (will it feel like a home away from home, or a prison), convenience to classes, and dining halls.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes that are specific to a students major are usually the most informative when compared to general education classes. Professors that have an interest in a subject have a passion for teaching the material. Always ask someone, or look online to get a rating of your future professors before signing up for their class. It is almost always worth it to have a good professor that is in the morning, than being in a more convenient afternoon class where most students won't enjoy a single lecture. Furthermore, particular to UMass, students will be much more likely to get a seat at breakfast before 9am, and an AM class will ensure they get an actual breakfast which will support their own academic rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    A student who comes to UMass, Amherst, would benefit from knowing that the campus is very busy, and has a way of becoming a bad influence on your academics. I suggest that on-campus students choose a dorm that will support their needs to study well and still allow for a social life. I also suggest: get to know your dorm floor. These people are the ones you will be seeing the most, sharing facilities and meals with, and will usually become your college long friends.

    In three sentences

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst is a large college with a city feel. It has a large selection of dignified majors, each accompanied with a well thought out curriculum plan; and if one of the majors isn't for you, UMass has a BDIC program that allows students to create their own major with their own curriculum plan that gets reviewed for legitimacy. However, general education courses (especially in the math and sciences) are so full (400+ students) that professors, in my experience, have an extremely hard time catering to each students needs even with available office hours for questions and clarification.

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I absolutely love the dining area at Umass! It's buffet-style, with international food and unlimited servings. They had American, Indian, Chinese and all other varieties. Best food I've had at a school.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm I stayed at for orientation was compact and it was extremely hot.

    Academic Rigor

    Everyone that I met, enjoy attending this college. It's said to be tough, but of course with some study time you should be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be shy, try to communicate with others. Be attentive, and pay close attention to the details and info that others give you.

    In three sentences

    So far I rate this school a 5/5. Of course, I haven't started school, but the orientation gave me a fair overview of how college life will be like. The place is beautiful, and the people there are amazing; can't wait to start college this fall here.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The have a very large campus police and have an escort system that will escort you back to your dorm if you don't feel comfortable walking alone at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are literally hundreds of clubs to choose from that you can be guaranteed a club you'd like. They even have a quidditch team for the Harry Potter fans.

    What to do for fun

    Amherst, Ma is the number one college town in America and having 30,000+ students does hurt either. There are always concerts going on in the concert hall and parties too. If not in the mood, you can always just go downtown which happens to be a 10 minute walk from campus. Its close proximity to major cites is also a perk.

    Food and Dining

    UMass Amherst has one of the top dining halls in the country according to highly respected magazines and websites.

    Dorm Life

    They place first year students in the same residential hall but make no mistakes there is a difference between residence hall and residential area. This allows students to choose where they want to live on campus and not be restricted to one place.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very competitive because of how cheap it is compared to other colleges.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your grades higher because it is getting harder and harder to be accepted into it due to its low tuition.

    In three sentences

    It is great and very diverse. It is a place for people who think they are ready for the world but aren't ready for the full responsibilities that come with it. With thousands of students and hundreds of clubs, it is impossible to not find a place to fit in at UMass Amherst.

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe everywhere on campus at all times.

    Clubs and Activities

    The outing club sounds great. I havent been out with them yet, but I joined. I am looking forward to doing stuff this fall. Also, check SPIRE carefully. This semester I found a scuba certification course I am taking!

    Great for these types of students

    I am a hard working engineering honors student, and I love it here. The thing about UMass is that it is so large, that it is great for any type of student. No matter what you are in to, you can find like-minded people here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I like the quiet floors of the library, and I really enjoy living in Sylvan, away from the chaos of southwest. But I can walk down to Berkshire Dining commons anytime I want for fantastic food.

    Bang for the buck

    I have been lucky enough to attend UMass entirely on scholarships and grants. So, for me, this was a no-brainer. It is a little pricey and don't let them fool you with your financial aid package. Check it carefully and see what you will be required to come up with out of pocket. I see many programs that offer free tuition. Be aware that tuition here is $857 per semester. It is only a tiny percentage of the cost of attendance. So, while free tuition sounds great, it really isn't that great.

    What to do for fun

    Fun or me involves hiking, working out, and eating, so it is easy for me to have fun. Also, there are live music events, a movie theater nearby, and of course, the rec center. Amherst has a decent night life, and with five colleges in the area, there is always something going on.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is, by far the best I have ever had. I enjoy being able to eat at several dining commons as I choose, and if you like to eat healthy, as I do, you can always find salmon, stir fry, or fresh produce at almost all hours of the day and night. A little pricey, but well worth it in my opinion.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is interesting for me, as I am a nontraditional age student, who doesn't party. But I really like having everything right nearby and the convenience of living on campus. It allows me to focus on my studies. When I am hungry, I walk to the DC. If I want to find something to do, I just walk around campus. If I want, I can walk to the gym and workout. Amherst Center is a walk away for a night out, or I can drive home for the weekend in less than an hour. Dorm living allows me to roll out of bed and walk to class without navigating traffic or worrying at all.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a transfer student from Berkshire Community College in Western MA and I was pleasantly surprised by how well prepared for UMass I was. Classes are different and I am expected to be much more independent, but they aren't really any harder.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and try everything that interests you. This large school becomes much smaller as you narrow your focus. You can find anything here at Umass. If you want to party, that is here. If you want to do research and work hard, you can find that here as well. Also, try to take at least one fun class at one of the five colleges through the five college interchange. Remember, you get out of school what you put in.

    In three sentences

    Umass Amherst is a great school with thousands of opportunities to take advantage of. I love it here and am so glad I stayed in-state. In addition to my rigorous engineering classes, I can find great electives to take that focus on areas of interest for me.

  • 08/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    just about anything you can think of

    Great for these types of students

    must enjoy being around a lot of people, city-like atmosphere

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    hobart hoedown

    What to do for fun

    go uptown, hiking in the mountains

    Food and Dining

    great food, plenty of choices

    Dorm Life

    small dorm rooms

    Academic Rigor

    depends on your major

    Tips for prospective students

    take it all in stride

    In three sentences

    Great place to learn and make friends.

  • 10/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    This school has all of the resources do accomplish anything you could ever want. There are a wide variety of majors and minors to choose from, and it is very easy to take classes at any of the other 4 colleges in the area.

    What to do for fun

    The area is surrounded by bike trails, mountains, and a mall. You can go to the mall to hang out; you can play sports at the brand new recreation center (which has an incredible gym); there are yoga classes, as well as meditation sessions.

    Food and Dining

    All of the Dining Halls have been granted awards for their presentation and quality of food. There is a buffet style selection of various options. Also, there are options to eat at places other than the dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    There is always something to do, and living in a RAP (Residential Academic Program) as a freshman really helped in fostering friendships with people of like-minded interests.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe that this really is one of the best colleges in the state of Massachusetts. The lectures I have had have been mentally demanding, but manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Do not be afraid to seek help from professors: make use of office hours. 2. Join a club/organization, or make one--yes it is possible. 3. Treat it like a 9-5 job and you will be paid in quality learning experience.

    In three sentences

    In such a resourceful environment I never quite thought that I would enjoy college life this much. I have had nothing but great professors who truly care about teaching. My experience of UMass Amherst has exceeded my expectations already, mostly due to the fact that it is not a party school, but an atmosphere of thirsty learners who are dedicated to their education; as well, staff and faculty who are dedicated to supporting students.

  • 10/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs! Everyone has to find one that he or she likes.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is so great that one has to watch that he or she does not gain too much weight. There is a wide range of selection of food at all the dining commons

    Dorm Life

    The different forms of housing available like single. doubles, triples and quads help people to make new and good friends. It also teaches tolerance and respect for others.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a great place with great professors, teachers' assistants and research facilities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared to do some academic work because that is the reson you are going to college. Don't be worried if you don't have a clue of what you want to do or if you already know but are feeling skeptical. UMASS Amherst has a great system called the General education system- a list of courses everyone must choose from, regardless of your major. This helps with easy transition into any major!

    In three sentences

    It is a school with a wide range of interesting majors. The teaching and the wide range of extracurricular activities are both so great. A lot of opportunities are made available to all students.

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Make awesome new friends. Get involved in clubs and sports.

    Tips for prospective students

    Seek out help when needed. Don't be shy.

    In three sentences

    By far the best campus setting. Great business program. Everyone is there to help you out.

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Amherst College also shares resources with UMass, and so you're able to get access to top notch professors if you get in to those programs

    In three sentences

    UMass Amherst is a huge, public school. It has a bunch of top notch resources that can accommodate pretty much any major.

  • 10/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    For instate its definitely a strong option

    What to do for fun

    There are parties just like every college but this school is big enough for everyone to find their own little niche

    Food and Dining

    Award winning food

    Dorm Life

    From what Ive heard they have some of the better dorms

    Academic Rigor

    My major sports management is one of the best in the country here at UMass so its pretty tough

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs and get active to meet new people.

    In three sentences

    Very college-like experience. Definitely big enough for all kinds of tastes here. If you are from the city there are plenty of city people here as well to help all kinds of people adjust.

  • 10/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Party animals.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing,

    In three sentences

    I love the school. The people here are amazing. I love the variety of classes.

  • 10/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I rarely see campus security. Students blatantly smoke pot on campus. Long walks across campus become lonely and scary late at night, but there is an option to have someone walk you back if you need.

    Greek Life

    Going greek isn't necessary at all (if you're indecisive, just go to Southwest) but it is where many students go Thursday through Saturday nights. Houses are reported as disgustingly unclean and many are deemed unsafe by other girls.

    Clubs and Activities

    UMass has an opportunity for everyone. If you can think of it, we have it.

    Great for these types of students

    Ultimately, UMass has a place for everyone: Southwest is good for preppy kids who like to party. Alcohol is a problem here. It is loud and students go hard. Orchard Hill and Central are good for hipsters or artsy kinds of students. Marijuana is bigger here. Northeast is definitely for the studious type. Halls are quiet but everyone is friendly.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tailgating is huge. Students here are passionate about many things, but sports are number one.

    Bang for the buck

    I would not recommend UMass to anyone who does not get the New England scholarship. Other than that, it is a good education for an alright price.

    What to do for fun

    When students aren't partying they can take advantage of the many club opportunities UMass offers. Trips to nearby areas (malls and surrounding cities) are easy to plan and a lot of fun. There is never a dull night here.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is amazing. Each dining hall has its own features to look forward to. There are many opportunities to get food on the go as well.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life depends on what you are looking for. If you are very extroverted and like to party, UMass is the place to be. If you want time to yourself, you better hope your roommate is willing to lock the door, too.

    Academic Rigor

    Workload is fair and manageable. If you put the work in, you'll get the grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn about the characteristics of students in each residential area--they're completely true! I ended up in the wrong residential area, and it ruined my experience at UMass.

    In three sentences

    The University of Massachusetts, Amherst is in a great area with a lot to do and easy transportation to get there. Each residential area has its own stereotype. The campus is huge and spread out, but you'll find your niche.

  • 11/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is an escort service if you want someone to accompany you back to your dorm. I have never felt unsafe on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many groups a person will not know where to start. There is a group for every type of person.

    Bang for the buck

    For a state school it is financially friendly.

    What to do for fun

    There are many groups to join and almost every week you can find something to do. There are malls close by and also many activities on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    You do have to try, this college will not just hand you a diploma.

    Tips for prospective students

    Read, and study that is the only way to do well. Time management is also key for success.

    In three sentences

    I love my college. The classes are very interesting and the advisors are great. I am receiving a great education.

  • 11/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel safe walking around campus even when I'm by myself.

    What to do for fun

    There is something for everyone. Whether it be intramural sports or attending a sporting event on campus, there is alot to do here. Just getting together with people from my floor or attending a party with others.

    Food and Dining

    I'm near the best food on campus. The dining hall near me is rated the best around so I'm lucky. I eat alot.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't pick my roommate but I lucked out with a good person who has similar interests as me. I like the people on my floor.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm in honors so the courses I take are demanding and challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to the dining hall early to beat the crowds.

    In three sentences

    I love the school. There is something for every type of student and every type of person. The courses I take are very challenging and some are very interactive. The campus is rather large and the food is great.

  • 11/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lobster at the DCs on Halloween. So. Good.

    What to do for fun

    Central Rock in Hadley is a lot of fun! There is also a mall near by and down town Northampton for shopping and Mount Sugarloaf in Sunderland for a quick hike.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good, probably a 4 or 5/5 when compared to cafeteria style food however the meal plan is pretty expensive and healthy options are not as easily accessible as they could be.

    Dorm Life

    I hated living on campus until I became an RA. I am not into the partying scene, I am not alone in feeling this but there are enough residents that feel it necessary to be a mess for their whole first year.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be quite rigorous (particularly in the sciences)

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a small community within the larger community, it is essential to making your time here feel more close knit.

    In three sentences

    Umass is very busy, it can be difficult to find your niche but it has many opportunities available. The campus is always under construction but the upshot is that there are always new buildings to explore (the labs are especially nice!) Intro level science courses can be a lot of work, mainly because they are multi-hundred student lectures and the professors care minimally at best.

  • 11/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I don't always feel completely safe walking around campus in the dark by myself but maybe that's just me...

    Greek Life

    There are some frats and sororities.

    Great for these types of students

    People who want to be anonymous in class for the most part and who want to do advocate for themselves and do their own thing at a huge university. You have to keep yourself busy however because there isn't much to do off campus. I will warn however that this is not for people who really want small, intimate classes. Also, being undeclared can be a challenge because there is less advising available because of the amount of kids.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The bridge over the campus pond fits one person wide at a time.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Amherst has a few restaurants. There is a good mall in Holyoke.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pick good housing and try to get involved. Take classes you enjoy or else it's miserable.

    In three sentences

    The school is huge if that's what you're looking for. There are many opportunities and things to get involved in, but sometimes it's difficult to find them because there is so much going on it gets lost in the shuffle. Make sure to pick the right housing because it makes all the difference.

  • 11/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Not much going on here to worry about.

    Greek Life

    You may have to ask a student that lives on campus - and is a bit younger than me.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a wide range of clubs. A little bit of something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student. It does not matter where you're from, international students or local this is a great college.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have bike rentals on campus and organic coffee shop.

    Bang for the buck

    Great education without the private school price tag.

    What to do for fun

    Check out one of the games, there are many concerts and plays on campus from a wide variety of artists. Hiking, biking, and so many other things to do, you will never be bored.

    Food and Dining

    I do not eat in the dining halls, but the food at the Procrastination Station, People's Market, and The Baby Berk truck is really good.

    Dorm Life

    I am an older student and do not live on campus, so I cannot give any information on dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is challenging, but not overwhelming.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study abroad, stop by the career center, and check out as many career days and as possible.

    In three sentences

    When taking a course, I feel it is important that professors are enthusiastic about their area of expertise and have found the professors here are very passionate about the topics they teach. I am very happy with my decision to attend the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

  • 11/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt in danger on campus, except from bike riders. They think that they own the campus and ride too fast so watch out for that. In terms of being uneasy at night, there are blue lights all over campus and police every where. You can call security and they will walk to places too. There's very little reason to be nervous on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are more clubs than I could mention. I am not in any but people who do get involved love it. Intramural sports are big here too.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who can do well in a big classroom, because most of first year classes are large lectures. Out going students would do well too, because it is easy to be shy and get lost in the giant school and feel alone, but it is just as easy to be outgoing and make lots of friends. Most people here are super friendly and looking to make a new friend.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition is to rub the minuteman statue's foot for good luck during finals week.

    What to do for fun

    I love going to the sports games. Hockey is a great time to hang out with friends and cheer on the minutemen. There are movies every Friday and Sunday night in the student center so that's always a good time too. Frats are gross but a blast if you bring friends. And there are always house parties going on, you just need to keep an ear out. Intramural sports are a lot of fun too. Get a bunch of friends together or join a random team and make new friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food is really good for the most part, but very repetitive. I would suggest changing up which dining common you go to or you'll get really bored really fast. There's always a good variety, but you have to watch out for going between meal times or there is no food.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Orchard Hill. The week days for the most part are quiet and good for studying and sleeping. The weekends can be a bit noisy, but not bad. It all depends on the floor mates you have. Other floors are loud, but mine is pretty chill. Unless you are okay with noise at any time on any night, I would suggest living somewhere besides southwest.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be as easy or as difficult as you make them. For the most part, if you go to class and pay attention, you will do well. There are a lot of University general education classed, but a lot can be covered in one course. Depending on what college you are in changes how difficult your classes will be or how many you have to take.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your first semester course load isn't too difficult. College is a big adjustment, bigger than I thought, and you don't want to be overwhelmed by classes too. Make sure you get involved in clubs or sports, even if it is just as a fan. I would suggest planning an overnight visit before the fall you come so you can get a feel for the campus and get a sense of where you want to live.

    In three sentences

    UMass is a college with more opportunities than one person can take advantage of. There is always lots of fun going on on campus. Good time management is a must.

  • 11/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for hipsters and artists, business majors and education majors. Really anyone who wants to have a good education and have fun on the way,

    What to do for fun

    There is no shortage of things to do. There are constantly shows at the Fine Arts Center, nightlife in Amherst an Northhampton, and shopping in Hadley.

    Food and Dining

    The food is fantastic all over campus, whether in the dining halls, or in the on campus food courts and restaurants. Try the Newman Center Cafe for good, cheap food quickly. The campus' Grab and Go service is also terrific for people on the go.

    Dorm Life

    Again, as I said, some of the dorms are beautiful. On the other hand some of them have ants. It's all a matter of where you live. Central and Orchard Hill are my preference. Orchard Hill has bigger rooms,Central has nicer lounges.

    Academic Rigor

    The schedule is as hard as you make it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the department which you would like to enter THOROUGHLY before you decide on this school. Make completely sure that it is what you want.

    In three sentences

    UMass Amherst is a great school. The dorms, particularly those in Central, where I am living, are picturesque on the outside, and warm and homey on the inside. The classes, besides general education courses are typically small, and the majority of professors I have met are caring and genuinely interested in their students.

  • 12/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Not the best. There are incidents of rape and roofies. Frat guys can get a little rowdy on Friday nights, and sometimes the infamous UMass riots willl break out if something sports related happens. Nothing too bad happens if you are careful.

    Greek Life

    Pretty big part of campus life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Although Western Mass really isn't the most exciting and opportunistic place to be in, UMass actually does have a wide variety of clubs and opportunities to offer. These can range from internships to research assistant positions.

    Bang for the buck

    Pretty good academics for an affordable price.

    What to do for fun

    Everyone drinks at UMass, so prepare for that. There are lots of frat parties, so if you're into that you'll have a good time. Aside from that there are a couple pubs and bars in the small downtown area, some are pretty crappy.

    Food and Dining

    They rave about the dining but at the end of the day it's college food. Berkshire is the best dining hall, but Worcester and Franklin really aren't that bad either.

    Dorm Life

    Northeast is very quiet and the students there are kind of nerdy. The dorms here really aren't as nice as other places. Southwest has the reputation of being the party side of campus and that reputation is pretty accurate. Central and Orchard Hill are good mediums but watch out for that hill, it's a lot of walking. Sylvan isn't as bad as everyone claims if your suite-mates are your friends, but it's a bit far.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are not that stimulating. You can maintain a 4.0 easily if you put in the time and effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your GPA high and you will qualify for a generous amount of tuition from this school. Consider the distance of this school from your home; it's not as easy as they claim to find a way back home for break.

    In three sentences

    UMass Amherst is a great school for certain majors. Definitely consider this school if you are looking to major in something like business or sports management. This is a good school to think about if you are undeclared and looking to keep your options open.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The blue-light system and the guards set up in the dorms helps to maintain a safe environment for students.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not as popular at the school as one would think, but is still thriving!

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of variety and very easy to sign up for. All information about the clubs are on the school's website and there will be posters and members stationed around campus to provide more info.

    Great for these types of students

    There is a place for everyone at UMASS! The residential areas are known to be stereotype-specific, but there is no doubt that anyone will find somewhere they love. Different clubs, activities and classes allow all sorts of interests, hobbies and talents to be explore and showcased.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rub the Minute Man statue's foot for good luck on finals!

    Bang for the buck

    For a public, state school UMASS is known to provide a great education from instructors in the forefront of their field. Although the price of schooling anywhere is rising, UMASS is a great option which offers financial aid to many who need it.

    What to do for fun

    The school has a club for everything and if there is something you are interested in that is not already represented, it is easy to start one. Because the school has such diversity within the student body and is so large, there is always something to do on or off campus.

    Food and Dining

    UMASS Amherst has award-winning dining and is well known for it's Steak and Lobster Halloween dinner donated by Bill Cosby. Chefs specializing in all types of food visit and cook for the students, including the chef from the White House!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms on campus differ greatly within themselves as well as residential area, however they all provide safe, comfortable housing and areas for relaxing, studying and recreation.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are more difficult than others and academic rigor can be expected to vary by instructor and course level.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try out different classes and professors; learn what works best for you! Don't forget to bring walking shoes.

    In three sentences

    UMASS has great faculty and a vast, beautiful campus. However, because the school is always growing, construction is frequent and usually unexpected. Many classes have restrictions, as well.

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have our our police force, security boxes all around campus and an escort service.

    Greek Life

    It's pretty small, and not that many people are in Greek life. It's there if you want to join but there is no pressure.

    Clubs and Activities

    You can play any sport, no matter your level of expertise. There are over 200 clubs to join. Find something you enjoy; we even have a belly dancing club.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are able to balancing a social life with academics. Students who are open minded and willing to meet new people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Integrated Science Building has comfortable chairs for studying, grab your coffee at French Meadow and the 24th floor of the library has the best views.

    Bang for the buck

    You do get a lot for what you are paying, and they understand that you are a college student so eating on campus isn't that expensive. But Parking Services will get you!

    What to do for fun

    The campus has so many things to do on it already; GO TO SPORTS GAME, the gym has so many classes to join and see what is going on by visiting the campus centre. Go into downtown Amherst or Northampton, they have many great restaurants and shops.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great for the few couple of weeks, then you get sick of it after eating it every single day.

    Dorm Life

    Many living options and so many choices on living arrangements. Join a RAP, your freshman year!!

    Academic Rigor

    If you wish to take classes that challenge you, you will find them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to go outside your comfort zone, those who do excel the most. Get involved in campus life through clubs, groups and sports! The campus itself is like a city, so there is always something to do, don't just sit in your room.

    In three sentences

    UMass is a great value for the education and variety of classes/majors you can have. There are many study abroad opportunities, internships and co-ops. Most importantly there are many great people here.

  • 12/22/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is Residence Hall security which makes all personnel show a UMass ID with a designated sticker for each residence hall. They also allow you to sign in up to four people as long as they have an appropriate ID. This system lets us students go to bed knowing that we are safe and no one that is not supposed to be there is wandering our residence halls. There are also campus police scattered across campus. Some of the police officers are even dressed as normal college students.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs and activities to chose from. The diverse clubs allow you to meet people and make friends who share the same interest, and those connections you make form friendships that are very strong and give a great college experience. The clubs and activities can be a great relaxer from the hard academics at UMass.

    Great for these types of students

    This university is great for any type of student!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every Friday at midnight there are delicious $1 pizza slices at Antonio's. It's probably one of the best pizza places I've gone to and it's lively because a lot of others students go.

    Bang for the buck

    There are many undergraduate research opportunities working with professors. It gives you the hands on experience that will put you above the competition which is great for the low state-school cost.

    What to do for fun

    The intramural system is amazing and extremely organized. The teams always show excellent sportsmanship while also giving a competitive experience.

    Food and Dining

    UMass Amherst has recently been ranked number 3 for best campus foods by Princeton Review. There is always a vast variety of foods to select from during all times of the day. Certain dining commons are open until midnight all days of the semester too.

    Dorm Life

    There are four normal residence halls for undergraduates on campus, and one apartment style living complex. There is also a new, honors complex residence hall being build which will be completed very soon. The residence assistants are always friendly and are not there to get you in trouble, but rather to provide information and resources when needed. You'll find that the people at UMass are social no matter where you live and a conversation is always there if you're engaging enough.

    Academic Rigor

    Just like at any other university there will be classes that are easy, and some that are very difficult. Professors expect you to put in effort not only in lecture and discussion, but outside of class as well and if this is not done then your semesters at UMass will be much harder than need be. Also, UMass offers a great honors college program for those who wish to be highly competitive and take even harder classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be frightened by the large number of students that attend UMass. It allows you to meet new people everyday! Also, make sure to make connections with professors as you will need recommendation letters.

    In three sentences

    A great university that provides students with the opportunities and tools to reach their goals and aspirations. The staff, along with all the other students there, are always friendly and helpful whenever needed. It provides a wonderful social and studious environment that leads to the development of intellectual and personable adults.

  • 01/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Umass Amherst is focused on creating a safe and secure facility for all students. All dorm rooms require a student Id card to enter, there are security guards in the lobbies, and cadets around campus. There are also numerous emergency poles around campus.

    Greek Life

    A small percentage of Umass Amherst students are involved in Greek life. If this is something you seek to be a part of, it is available, however it is not necessary to fulfill your overall college experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anybody is able to find a club or activity on campus within their scope of interest, and if not they are more than encouraged to organize and begin their own.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student that is seeking the full college experience; including great academic and networking opportunities, community service and volunteer programs, and an overall community feel.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Towards the end of the Spring Semester when the weather is nice students flock to Puffers Pond, where they swim, barbecue and soak up the sun.

    Bang for the buck

    I love attending the University of Massachusetts, however as an out of state attendee the tuition is twice that of an instate student.

    What to do for fun

    Amherst is a great college town, which provides students with a wide varieties of activities at their finger tips. The campus itself has numerous clubs and activities available.

    Food and Dining

    Umass Amherst is rated one of the top schools for their dining halls! The food is healthy, tastes great, and is always fresh! Every night there is a diverse selection of food available to all students across the numerous dining halls on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorming on campus is great! It is convenient, and a great way to form lasting relationships. I am currently attending my second year at the University and both years my floor mates and I have became close friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Students will be continuously challenged and encouraged to think about the material they are presented with to gain an actual understanding of the course curriculum. Despite the course intensity there are numerous opportunities to receive help. Professors have office hours, there are teaching assistants in most classes, and there is a resource center in the library where tutors are available to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is important as a student attending the University of Massachusetts to make the most of your time on campus! There are many opportunities to get involved, meet new people, and form close relationships with your professors.

    In three sentences

    The University of Massachusetts is a great institution for achieving academic success and an overall rewarding college experience. Despite the enormity of the university and some lecture halls, the faculty and organizations on campus provide students with the necessary opportunities to receive one on one attention normally afforded by smaller schools. The University also prides itself in their outstanding ecological sustainability, numerous blood drives, and other campus events to create a sense of community among students.

  • 01/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    not really sure.

    Greek Life

    lame.

    Clubs and Activities

    loads.

    Great for these types of students

    Who need a cheap college.

    Bang for the buck

    Cheap in-state, not good teachers, ugly campus, good food.

    What to do for fun

    UMass is most definitely not what it is played up to be. I've been to much better parties at Boston schools. There has been about 5 awesome parties in my 3 years-usually at the quad.

    Food and Dining

    Many options.

    Dorm Life

    Loud all the time everywhere, but can be fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are not good so it is hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Cheap instate tuition which is great, but all in all not a stand out school.

    In three sentences

    UMass is a decent state school. The campus is all cement and not very pretty, and I've only had 2 decent teachers here so far in my 3 years. Frankly, I wish I could afford to go to school elsewhere.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many concerts and events that get hosted at the Mullins Center - the campus arena. It has brought many well known artists and it has brought me such great memories.

    Food and Dining

    Berkshire Dining Commons is my favorite dinning commons and it is almost doesn't seem fair that is only provided to one residential area. I think the food option should be available to all the students in any area.

    Dorm Life

    There are so many residential areas: Sylvan, Northeast, Central, Southwest, North, and Orchard Hill. There are different types of people and different living situations. Each residential area has its benefits and disadvantages.

    Academic Rigor

    I am enrolled in the Isenberg School of Management. I consider this business school challenging and academically beneficial. It is preparing me for future business problems I will run into and I feel prepared even as a Junior in this program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Rooming with friends may be a good idea at first but you have to make sure you really know who you're living with because there's a difference between being friends with someone and living with someone. Just because you get along doesn't mean your living habits will be harmonious too.

    In three sentences

    This school has such a diversity in its students. The campus is huge and the university is expanding with more academic and residential buildings.

  • 01/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UMass employs it's own police department, has it's own medical facility, and it's own zip code. The campus has call-boxes throughout to report emergencies or accidents.

    Clubs and Activities

    Intramural sports, Greek life, clubs, etc.

    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports are a big draw. The sports facilities are superb with plenty of room to accommodate all the students. Whether you're into curling or crew, you can find it here at UMass.

    Food and Dining

    Our food is rated #3 in the country. We grow a lot on our own campus. UMass takes enormous pride in the food offered and their dining options.

    Dorm Life

    Set the boundaries related to your dorm room from day 1. Whether with roommates or want-to-be roommates, make sure you lay down the law of what will and will not be tolerated. You choose your own destiny; do not leave it in the hands of others. My roommates and I have found dorm life to be great. We are respectful of each other yet understand that each needs their own space every now and then.

    Academic Rigor

    Tough but not terrible. Know your limitations and don't try to overdo it, especially in the first semester. Pay strict attention to time management and seek out assistance from your advisors at the FIRST sign of anxiety. They are more than willing to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    With the large enrollment, you need to want to attend a big school. The location is great and the town is adorable and accessible. Safety is a high priority here and UMass's focus on health and wellness is apparent.

    In three sentences

    Great school. Over 25,000 students with challenging classes and fair and helpful professors. Clean dorms and food is amazing!

  • 01/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club on campus for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for a large campus with a personal touch

    Bang for the buck

    It is an ivy league education with out the big price.

    What to do for fun

    Take in a wide variety of campus life activities along with community activities

    Food and Dining

    UMASS offers the best dining in the area with a wide variety of food options.

    Dorm Life

    The RA offer lots of opportunities to get involved in dorm life, which is fun.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a Honors College for a more intense learning experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend to live on campus. I would recommend to join clubs on campus.

    In three sentences

    A wide variety of learning opportunities A top rated school national for a wide variety of programs offered at the school A great education at a great price

  • 01/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Very good

    Great for these types of students

    Someone who doesn't need one on one help.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the center of Amherst, watch hockey games or basketball games, get food at the center of Amherst.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont get carried away with partying, stay focused on schoolwork.

    In three sentences

    Challenging classes with good programs. Teachers are not very good. Good college experience, great food.

  • 02/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    At UMass, I feel safe on campus and from what I gather from my female friends, they feel safe as well. UMass has emergency call boxes stationed around campus that alert campus police at the press of a button. The dorms also have security during peak hours of the evening.

    Greek Life

    UMass has a large Greek life community with over 10 frats and a handful of sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are thousands of registered student organizations on campus and if there isn't something here that you want, you can create one!

    Great for these types of students

    Adventurous, Determined, Hardworking, Self-disciplined, Friendly, Shy, Easy Going, Fun-loving

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Well, for starters, the library in the center of campus is 26 stories tall. Other things worth noting are that many of the buildings are connected through above ground bridges or through underground tunnels.

    Bang for the buck

    UMass is a little pricey, but for what you get out of it, it's very worth it. There are very many perks such as free public transportation, access to many computer programs at the library, discounts at local businesses, the fine arts center, and just the fact that UMass has an heir of prestige.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, intramural sports, varsity sporting events, and on-campus events are beyond plentiful here. There are movies shown every week in the Student Union building and every month is a UMass Night Out where many different things are going on. Plus, with such a large student body, it's easy to make friends to hang out with.

    Food and Dining

    UMass dining is award-winning and top-notch. It has been voted as one of the top 5 colleges in the nation for their food and culinary presentations.

    Dorm Life

    Much like the classes, dorms are very varied but are all well maintained. There are 5 residential areas around campus and each has its own atmosphere.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are honestly what you make of them. There are hard classes and there are easy classes - classes at UMass are of all levels and are specific to your majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the ZooMass reputation scare you. Like any other college, sure there are partiers, but as a on-campus student, it's very easy to avoid people who could potentially cause trouble. And in general, the population has a community feel to it despite the thousands of students in attendance.

    In three sentences

    With a big campus and tons of buildings, there's something here for everyone at Umass Amherst. There are tons of majors and interesting classes from your standard biology courses to various arts and foreign languages. UMass has tons recognition for research and award-winning graduates.

  • 02/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It's college, everything you do is fun. Close to downtown Amherst and Northampton, getting out is no problem. If you are an outdoorsy type, ski mountains are nearby! Intramurals are very popular as are going to basketball and hockey games.

    Food and Dining

    Top rated food make the dining halls a popular place. No one complains about the food in fact everyone looks forward to it! Chefs from all around come to present their dishes and students are beyond impressed.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was awesome! With so many residential areas to choose from, you can find one that suits you best. Roomy accommodations with walkable distances to classes and dining halls make it a great experience for students.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, classes are tough but are not difficult to get through. Professors are there to help you but you need to take the initiative and reach out.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want a big school feel without the pressures, UMass is exactly that. Do not be afraid to scope out new things, make new friends constantly and take as many classes as possible that interest you.

    In three sentences

    If you want to experience college to the fullest, this is the place where you want to be. A downtown with eccentric stores and places to eat, a campus that embodies the beauty of the Amherst area, and a renowned array of professors and faculty to push you to strive to be the best, UMass provides all of these things and more. I applied here excited to start a journey and do not want to end it any time soon!

  • 02/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    It is a wonderful university. It could be a little bit more diverse, though.

  • 03/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Self motivated.

    What to do for fun

    Just a few miles down the road of the university is The Central Rock Gym. I spend most of my free time climbing there.

    Food and Dining

    For the most part tasty. One advantage of UMass is there are several dining halls so you can choose the kind of food you would like for each meal. Good choices for vegetarians. And every lunch and dinner had a nice salad bar.

    Dorm Life

    Some of my closest friends are people I met in my dorm. There was enough space for comfort, and the dorms were kept up well, and clean.

    Academic Rigor

    It is not hard to do well as long as you do all of your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    At a large university such as this it is important to really apply oneself and take advantage of as many programs as you are interested in.

    In three sentences

    I believe that education is a lot of what you make of it. UMass gives each student the tools they need to get the most out of his or her education. The classes are interesting and the professors are caring of each student.

  • 03/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have online and text updates sent out whenever there is an announcement or an issue. Great communication!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for adult students and traditional students alike. You can take campus, online or blended classes.

    What to do for fun

    UMass has various sports teams for those who love a good game and many other things to do for entertainment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to think and write and work on every assignment. Be prepared to think critically and ask questions. Be prepared to learn more than you've ever learned before.

    In three sentences

    I am enrolled in the UWW at UMass and it has been the most rewarding experience I have ever had in education. I have learned to analyze and examine my research and gain more value from the learning experience than I did at other colleges where a research paper is reading and regurgitating information without analysis. I feel I will graduate with a stronger skill set because of the teaching philosophy at UMass Amherst.

  • 03/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Having this many people in one area is dangerous but campus police help keep it safe. There are call boxes, and most of campus is well lit.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everybody. Soooo many clubs on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    This is the reason I came here. For the price it is a great institution.

    What to do for fun

    Well there is a lot of nightlife in the area. And having the other colleges around means many people to get to know

    Food and Dining

    Great food options.

    Dorm Life

    It varies by area and where you live. Many people living in one place leads to messiness. If you come freshman year it is easier to meet people but people often have already made their cliques by sophomore year.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be hard but rewarding. Everyone i know that has studied abroad says the other schools work was easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    Expect to walk around a lot in between classes. Things can be located far apart. Know your resources early.

    In three sentences

    It has tons of options. You meet a lot of people from many different areas. It continues to expand.

  • 03/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It's a great school for kids who are willing to work decently hard but let loose on the weekends, people who don't mind a huge school, and students who are willing to take the initiative and set themselves apart.

    What to do for fun

    The big things for fun on campus are sports games and parties - if you want to have fun on campus, it's probably going to be at a hockey/basketball game or a frat party. There's not a ton of options on campus beyond that for enjoying yourself during the weekend, but the town itself can be fun, and Northampton is just a bus ride away and offers loads of options for students who aren't looking for a party on a Friday night.

    Food and Dining

    UMass Amherst claims to have one of the top 5 dining halls in the country, but if that's true, one shudders to think of what other dining halls are like. The UMass dining halls offer a lot of variety, but it's not always the best quality, and vegetarian/vegan/gluten free options tend to be hard to find.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life varies greatly - some of the dorms are fairly quiet and the people in them are mostly antisocial, others are very open and friendly. The RAs and RDs do plan a lot of activities and options for people on your floor, in your dorm, or in the cluster, and those are usually worth going to, but if you're relying only on your dorm for your social life, you might be disappointed.

    Academic Rigor

    Grades tend to be based heavily on tests, and large lectures for most classes can make the learning experience feel impersonal. The professors are top-notch, though, and if you go to their office hours, you can get help on anything you were having trouble understanding and make the educational experience a little more personal.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try everything at UMass at least once; there's so much to do on campus, you just have to find something that appeals to you and you're all set. Don't skip classes; with so many huge lectures, it seems tempting, but it will definitely show in your grades down the line. Try to set yourself apart in some way as soon as possible - it's a big school and the last thing you want to do is get lost in the shuffle.

    In three sentences

    UMass Amherst is definitely a big school, but with big schools come more opportunities and options. The student body is diverse and dynamic, and there are extracurricular options to appeal to anyone's interests. Classes can be a bit large and can be a bit of a challenge at times, but are always intriguing and thought-provoking.

  • 03/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    At night: the frats if you're a freshman, the bars when you're a junior or senior, and there's almost always parties off campus and in Southwest. During the day: intramural sports, clubs, fitness classes at the rec.

    Food and Dining

    Dining halls aren't bad, the YCMP places are are awesome but pricey. If you want a certain food, there's a good chance they have it at one of the many places on campus, or in downtown Amherst.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms themselves aren't that nice, but you can't expect much from a dorm room. Making friends with the people on your floor is very important. Generally you have either a party floor or a quiet floor, which both have their pros and cons.

    Academic Rigor

    Every major is different. As a political science major I take classes that have heavy writing and analysis, which I find to be extremely rigorous. The gen ed classes are easy enough.

    Tips for prospective students

    Opportunities won't come find you. There are plenty of ways to reach your full potential, whether it be in your classes or sports or social life, but you'll have to put in some extra effort to get there.

    In three sentences

    Umass Amherst is a huge school, and every students' experience is be different. You can study or party as much or as little as you'd like. There are plenty of opportunities for whatever your interests and goals may be.

  • 03/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Recreation Center, Clubs

  • 03/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus police are always patrolling so if you are walking around at night you don't have to be scared. Past 8 PM, the residence halls have security desks to check people in so you wouldn't have to worry about strange people wandering into the dorms.

    Greek Life

    I am not in a Fraternity or Sorority but they are always holding events and activities to go to. Attending these events are a great way to increase your social life and meet new people.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you are looking for a club that is weird and unique, UMASS probably has it. There are thousands of clubs to join and so many intramural sports that you may have never heard of such as stickball. Basically every major has a club to join and there is even a quidditch team. If you want to get involved, there are more than enough options.

    Great for these types of students

    UMASS is great for students who like to be outdoors and walk around. Also, if you enjoy cold weather, you're in luck because it gets very cold on campus. Also, UMASS is a big sports school so if you really enjoy watching a sports game, there are always some going on.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In the Fall and the Spring, there is a campus wide event called Humans vs. Zombies. You sign up as either a human or a zombie. If you are a human, you carry around a Nerf gun and shoot zombies when you see them. If you are a zombie, you try to touch the human and turn them into a zombie. Humans wear a red band around their arms and zombies wear a red band around their head. (Unless you have one of these bands, you won't be attacked)

    Bang for the buck

    Despite being such a large campus, walking around is very pleasant. The paths and roads are all very well paved and cleared, especially in severe weather conditions. It takes no more than 40 minutes to walk from one end of campus to the other. Also, the dining halls have Grab 'N' Go which is like a takeout food service and they always have amazing options in case you are in a rush to get to class.

    What to do for fun

    There are different events going on almost every night at UMASS. The campus is huge so exploring the different areas is very fun. The sports games are always outstanding and there is always so much school spirit. The campus has beautiful scenery and mountains around it so hiking is very fun. The town of Amherst next to campus has many cool shops and delicious restaurants. The campus also has game nights and movie nights and random events. Being bored at UMASS is very unlikely.

    Food and Dining

    The food at UMASS is better than the majority of restaurants I have been to in my life. Not only is it all you can eat and buffet style, but the choices are outstanding. No matter what you're in the mood for, the dining hall most likely has it. I actually prefer the dining halls over restaurant food.

    Dorm Life

    With thousands of students, the dorms are still kept very clean for the most part and the residential staff is always very nice. The dorm buildings are not hard to find or navigate around and the rooms are a very good size. All of the living areas have very beautiful landscapes and living in the dorms is pretty wonderful.

    Academic Rigor

    Despite being a large university, UMASS Amherst has an outstanding academic program. The courses are not too hard but they are not too easy and the professors teach very well.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise students who are thinking about coming or who have decided to come to UMASS Amherst to take a walk around the entire campus because once you see it, you never forget it and there are even things around campus you may not even realize exist.

    In three sentences

    The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an outstanding school with a very well laid out campus. The food is absolutely amazing; I would give it 4 out of 5 stars. There are so many activities, clubs, and events to attend on campus which is amazing.

  • 03/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is great they have the best food and it is available almost everywhere. Some local companies have even complained because their loosing business to the Umass dining. Their is a diverse menu that ranges from every type of cuisine, and as a result the students will probably never starve unless they run out of swipes.

    Dorm Life

    I Never lived on campus, so as a result i only can tell the prospective student that it is much like other colleges. Umass does have a large choices of areas to dorm and they all have their pros and cons. Some are more quiet for those who like to work and others a can be more enjoyable.

    Academic Rigor

    As an Architecture major, the amount of work we complete through out a semester is more than most other majors. Through designing a building creating all the plans, section, elevations, study models, and final models for a single project, we learn quite a bit about the design process, and the steps to create a working design.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should realize this school will give them an great education, and if they graduate from here they will have great opportunities because the school is well known. The campus is a city in itself and if they choose to come here they will have no problem finding food and activities after classes.

    In three sentences

    Umass has a great campus and huge selection of extracurricular activities to choose. The Professors are very helpful for my particular major, and a lot of the work can be done online, so off campus students like myself can get work done. Other students are extremely nice, and made my transition as a transfer student smooth and simple.

  • 03/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go around other cities and towns

    Food and Dining

    Top 5 in all USA

    Dorm Life

    Excellent

    Academic Rigor

    Outstading

    Tips for prospective students

    Be proactive

    In three sentences

    It's a great experience, with a wide alternatives and choices for you to join the community. Excellent program for student for better learning. Awesome people to hang out with.

  • 03/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Some incidents do occur, like anywhere, but blue-light emergency poles are always in sight. Campus police are quick to respond to any situation. It's a bit intimidating walking around alone at night, as the campus is so big that there are some shady spots.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of them, and if there isn't one that interests you, make it yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    Literally anyone can find a home here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Durfee Conservatory-awesome greenhouse with tons of tropical plants and a koi pond. Great place to relax and do some reading. Always a humid 80 degrees or so, providing a safe haven in the dead of winter.

    Bang for the buck

    Public school prices with an above-average public school education.

    What to do for fun

    There's always a party somewhere on weekends (and sometimes on weekdays, too). If you're not that type, there are always clubs to participate in, from sports to crafts to dancing to improv comedy--there's something for all tastes. Downtown Amherst is a short walk and an even shorter bus ride away. There are plenty of bars, restaurants, and shops to browse. Northampton is only a half hour away by bus, and features tons of shops and restaurants as well. Not bad at all.

    Food and Dining

    UMass Amherst is ranked in the top 10 for university dining hall food in the country. You may not always appreciate it when you're there, but visiting another school and trying their food just goes to show how amazing UMass food really is. Plenty of options, most of them pretty darn good. Student-run fast food locations on campus, such as the Pita Pit and Burgers 101, provide ample options to switch it up.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are older than others, and it can show, but overall they're in good shape and are great to live in. Some of the best friends I have were my neighbors at one time. RAs are all subjective, but all of mine have done well to keep excessive noise and rowdiness down without stifling the fun or energy of a weekend.

    Academic Rigor

    The Honors courses are demanding, but as long as you keep up with your homework and actually go to the lectures, there shouldn't be many problems. But if there are some problems, there are multitudes of help options available for free. All you have to do is ask, and they will deliver. Some mandatory courses are less than appealing, especially those taught by graduate students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself. You'll find your niche here no matter who you are, so don't be ashamed of what you're like. Don't trust the course advisors at summer orientation. Know what you need to take your first two semesters and tell them because they often aren't experts at your particular major. Additionally, if you don't have a major, there are so many different opportunities to explore here.

    In three sentences

    Good value without sacrificing quality. Excellent student life. Something for everyone.

  • 03/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who can motivate themselves and take the initiative.

    What to do for fun

    Anything you could imagine.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing, specifically Berkshire Dining Hall.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very fun, especially south west.

    Academic Rigor

    The school work is hard, but prepares you well.

    Tips for prospective students

    You need to take the initiative, but if you do it is very rewarding.

    In three sentences

    They have many great opportunities for the students.

  • 03/24/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    I have been here multiple times for sporting events and even for the Women in Engineering program. I am very excited to apply for this college and have made it my top choice.

  • 03/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    just about everything.

    Great for these types of students

    great for all! so many options!

    Bang for the buck

    very affordable if you live in state

    What to do for fun

    sports, gym, hiking, biking, skating, shopping, going out, partying

    Food and Dining

    Apparently the food here is one of the best. It is okay, but gets boring.

    Dorm Life

    The different dorm areas are extremely different. Southwest has the most people and a lot of partying goes on there; it is a lot like a city. Central and Orchard Hill are more rural and studious; it is where all the hippies hang out. Sylvan is in the back, Northeast is boring.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of academics depends on your major and what classes you choose. Be prepared to work hard, it is always worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't live in Southwest. Be serious about your school work. You can create your own major. Don't worry about picking a major, you will figure it out.

    In three sentences

    UMass is an awesome school and place to live. No matter what you are into, there is something for everyone here. There are so many options at UMass; tons of people, majors, courses, etc.

  • 03/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Sigep is where it's at.

    Clubs and Activities

    Any club you could ever want.

    What to do for fun

    I go to my frat.

    Food and Dining

    Gets repetitive, but is tasty.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm selection can leave you with bad choices. I'm living off campus next year.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to party, don't be an Engineer. If you want to get a good education, go to UMass.

    In three sentences

    As an Electrical Engineer, I don't feel like I can make use of all that UMass Amherst has to offer. Missing out on all the fun events is unfortunate, but UMass makes it up by offering outstanding resources to Engineers such as computer labs and M5.

  • 03/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are always people around and there is always something going on on campus.

    Food and Dining

    As far as college food goes, UMASS Amherst has a really decent selection.

    Dorm Life

    There are so many students here and so much to do on campus. The towns nearby are amazing and transportation is always available. There are five different dorming areas. Each has a different reputation so it's easy to find your niche.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors really don't want you to fail and there is always help available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you go to class and follow along with your syllabi.

    In three sentences

    Really great campus life. There are clubs for any interest and daily activities. The classes overall aren't very difficult if you stay involved because all of the professors are available to help. If you want to learn you will.

  • 03/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hockey games are the best

    Academic Rigor

    You choose what you want to get out of it. If you want easy classes then you could get by with an easy four years. But if you want a challenging, enriching, and rewarding academic life then UMass can definitely provide that as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved.

    In three sentences

    The university of Massachusetts Amherst is a great place to learn. With the rich diversity of classes, people, and clubs there's always a place to connect with someone or learn about a new culture of lifestyle.

  • 03/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food here is good. Ranked number three. Many different options that are available regularly. Grab n go is very useful when you need to eat very quick. The chocolate chip cookies are the best but very addicting.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice. I like how you can choose what area you want to live in and i like that there are the towers and low risers for a change from other schools.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very fair. You get out what you put in. The professors are ready to help you as long as you ask for it. The work load isn't extreme as long as you keep up with it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. Don't be afraid to try new things.

    In three sentences

    It is a wonderful college that has just about every major. It provides so many different opportunities for everyone and all of the staff is very dedicated and helpful.

  • 03/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Greek life is fun but it is also an excellent way to network and create opportunities for yourself and your future goals.

    Clubs and Activities

    Any club or activity, from martial arts to Quiditch (from Harry Potter stories) is at your finger tips.

    Great for these types of students

    Self-motivated, driven, ambitious, and outgoing students will thrive here. You have to work for your good grades, they are not just handed to you. But it is rewarding every time you succeed!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In the Southwest dorm area, the largest dorms on campus, there is a field that we call southwest beach because when it gets even the tiniest bit warm out everyone flocks there to enjoy the sun.

    What to do for fun

    Take advantage of all the concerts and other events the Mullins Center brings in!

    Food and Dining

    The four dinning halls are all award winning. If you grow tired of the dinning halls (which is not likely due to their constant change in menu and excellent food quality), there are at least eight other places on campus to eat that accepts campus meal plans.

    Dorm Life

    You absolutely need to dorm at least your freshman year, if not both your freshman and sophomore year. The friendships you make will stay with you throughout your college years.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make friends in large lectures so that you may form study groups, this is a excellent way to grasp material when 1 on 1 professor time is not an option.

    In three sentences

    UMASS Amherst is essentially its own town filled with all of the opportunities a town offers. Its size allows for access to anything scholastic one could ever need. This college is perfect for anyone.

  • 03/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth the money. Easily the most cost effective school in MA for the education.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty ofintramurals like softball, football, and even hockey. The rec center is massive and always available if you want to lift or play basketball. There is also a club for everything you can possibly think of.

    Food and Dining

    delicious easily the best around. Berkshire dining common is one of the top ten college food dining areas in the nation.

    Dorm Life

    great dorm life, a very active social scene as well. You will meet a lot of new people and get exposed to a more diverse student body.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are hard you need to study and you need to pay attention.

    Tips for prospective students

    To work your hardest and make sure to do what your required to do. Noone is pushing you to get things in on time, that's your responsibility. you either do it and get the points or you don't do it and your grades suffer.

    In three sentences

    Umass Amherst is a great school, with many opportunities. due to its size any class or major you can possibly think of is available to you. Unfortunately due to it's size it is sometimes harder to get personal attention, you need to be outgoing and ready to work for what you want

  • 04/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Academic Rigor

    Yet again don't think that you need perfect scores on all of your tests in college, this school will show you forgiveness. It is very student oriented.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont be so focussed on perfection.

    In three sentences

    I rather enjoy this school and it has a more student oriented approach to college.

  • 04/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student will fit in at UMass. You will definitely find something you enjoy doing and people you enjoy doing it with here!

    Bang for the buck

    The amount that you learn and experience at UMass is well worth it! The tuition is reasonable compared to other schools and there is so much to do! The gym is new and offers many classes that you can take for free!

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and clubs to join, and you can even get your friends together and create your own club if they don't already have it! There are also football, basketball, hockey and other games that go on throughout the year. It's fun to go with a bunch of friends and show your school spirit!

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are amazing! They have a wide variety of food and you can eat as much as you want! The dining halls are big and have TV's so you can catch the game while eating and catching up with friends. There is food for everyone, including vegetarians, vegans, and gluten free.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are another great way to meet students. You can choose to live in a RAP where everyone on your floor has the same major and interests. I think living in the dorms is a great way to make friends and meet people who are all looking to have fun. I suggest that you leave your door open and mingle with your neighbors.

    Academic Rigor

    UMass offers classes that are challenging and insightful. The professors and TA's here are always willing to help and they grade fairly. As long as you work your hardest and get help when needed, you'll do great.

    Tips for prospective students

    I highly suggest that future students get involved in as many activities as they can. It's a great way to meet new people and do what you love. You have a wide variety of activities that you can join.

    In three sentences

    The University of Massachusetts is college that offers many academic options as well as extracurricular activities. You can find any club or sport to join and choose how competitive you want to be. The University has a good variety of students so that every fits in.

  • 04/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've never felt unsafe at this university before. There is constantly people around all over campus, even at night so I always feel comfortable.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is awesome here and a great way to meet long lasting friends! However, Umass Amherst isn't a school that considers Greek life to be a huge part of their university.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of clubs for every interest!

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, adventurous, loves meeting new people, wants a change from a high school setting.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year there is the humans vs. zombies war all across campus. People who join divide up into teams (humans and zombies) and attack each other all over campus with nerf guns. Stay clear when walking to class or they'll run right into you!

    Bang for the buck

    A lot of parents want to make sure their child is getting the best possible education that they can afford. Our business school was rated number 46 out of 100 for 2013 in Business Weekly. We beat out many other business schools that are twice the tuition of Umass.

    What to do for fun

    Try and get involved! There's hundreds of clubs satisfying each and every students' interests and if there is not one that suits your interest you can create a club all on your very own as well. Greek life is awesome to be a part of as well! You make long lasting friendships and have a great support system and family everywhere you go!

    Food and Dining

    I personally love the food here. I even start to miss it when I'm home for break because it's so nice to not have to make your own meals and go whenever it's convenient for you!

    Dorm Life

    There's options of regular low-rise dorms and towers (if living in Southwest) and each building/tower is different! I've lived in the dorms for two years now and I love them! They are all close to a dining common too!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are what you make of them and the attitude you bring there with you! If you have a sense from the start that a class isn't right for you then switch! It's so much easier to take a class in which you enjoy and understand!

    Tips for prospective students

    Touring the campus can be overwhelming at first but look at it as an adventure! Every building is unique and every corner of campus has its own atmosphere. There are so many options to choose from when it comes to living on campus so take advantage! Also, don't be afraid to get out there and get involved! I've made some great friends here by pushing myself out of my comfort zone!

    In three sentences

    A wonderful school offering thousands of opportunities to each unique student! A greatly diverse student population with some of the most engaging and unforgettable people you'll meet! The food is some of the best I've ever had and I miss it every time I go home!

  • 04/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Campus Center has great pizza and burgers!!

    Bang for the buck

    For a state school, the food is great. The amount of diversity here is also a plus; you meet people from everywhere. the research opportunities are incredible and, as with any college, the professors are a hit or miss. Best bet is to use rate my professor.

    What to do for fun

    There's the obvious partying, and also there's the mall close by.

    Food and Dining

    Berkshire and Hampshire are the best places to eat, located in the best living area (personally), Southwest.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you scope out the locations of classes relative to your dorm and other classes. It also has really helped me out to master the bus schedule!

    In three sentences

    UMASS Amherst is a great school with lots of pride. It sits on a huge campus and provides an array of different paths of study. The living areas provide something for everyone, whether you enjoy the concrete jungle look or maybe you prefer grassy areas with trees.

  • 04/18/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Academic Rigor

    It is what you make of it. If you want to slack off than so be it, but if you take your studies seriously you will excel.

    In three sentences

    I love Umass. I find the campus to be amazing, there are many, MANY educational opportunities, and there are so many student organizations, there is a place for everyone!

  • 04/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join clubs and sport teams and get involved as much as possible! Theyre alot of concerts throughout the year as well!! There is always something going on and it is a lot of fun!

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining is amazing. I have been to a lot of schools and have eaten at a lot of dining halls, and Umass Amherst has had the best food by far.

    Dorm Life

    In the dorms, it is a fun place. Make sure you make friends with the people on your floor, it makes dorm life much more fun! The dorms are usually very clean and are big enough for the students to be comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, Umass is a great school for everyone as well. No matter what kind of student you are, there are classes to fit every learning level. However, big classes do not allow alot of personal attention so absolutely do not be shy to go to office hours, professors have so far been very nice and willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Umass Amherst can be overwhelming, so be yourself and just be out-going, its a great school with a lot of great people, so don't let its size get the best of you!

    In three sentences

    Umass Amherst is a school that is for any type of student. Being a student that didnt know what I wanted to major in, it was a school with alot of opportunities to explore and try new things. Umass Amherst, however, is not for everyone. It is a big campus, with a lot of people and very big classes, but for those who love this big environment it is perfect. No matter what kind of student you are, everyone fits in somewhere at Umass.

  • 05/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Apart from focusing on school, academics, internships, and other educational factors, there are multiple things to do at UMass Amherst. You can go to the athletic events/games, events held by all sorts of clubs and organizations from the university, shop at the mall, head to town, join a sport team, join an organization/club, and many other things. Almost every day, whether it's the weekend or a weekday, there is always something happening on campus; it's all in the matter of looking for them. Along with the events being a great experience, they also give the students an opportunity to meet at one place to either catch up, or meet new people. It's a way for everyone to come together and connect, instead of constantly talking about homework, or what will be in the next exam; it's a way for all of the students to take a break and have fun.

    Food and Dining

    The University of Massachusetts Amherst offers three main dining commons: Worcester, Berkshire, and Franklin, all of which are award winning due to their great culinary program and nutrition. I can say form personal experience, due to the fact that I've been to all three of these dining commons, that each one has a great lively environment with great and nutritional food to offer. It doesn't matter if your vegetarian, vegan, meat lover, or eat any kind of food, UMass Amherst has everything to offer, and it also offers variety. Other than these three dining commons, there are also other options where students can go eat such as Blue Wall, Pita Pit, and many others which can all be found on campus. In each and every one of these brings great services, great food, and a friendly and clean environment.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at the University of Massachusetts Amherst brings a great life experience, where one is given the opportunity to meet new people from within the state, to all over the world. UMass Amherst gives its students the chance to choose among six different residential areas. The five residential areas have many things to offer such as, being close to one's classes, living in a lively area or living in a quiet area, living by yourself, or even living with more than one person. The university also offers Residential Academic Programs, which gives students, of a particular program, to live with other students who are part of that program as well. Dorm life gives students the chance to meet people of their own year, or even lower/upper class men, which are the people who can offer or take advice from one another. Living in dorms is another way for all of the students of the university to connect with one another. Whether it's helping one another, learning different cultures, or just making new friends, the dorm life at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has a great deal to offer.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Massachusetts Amherst has a very strong academic background. It has the biggest college of natural sciences, along with other strong departments such as Engineering, Business, Liberal Arts, and Humanities. Within each of these colleges, every student has to take courses that are required for their major. Courses include difficult, really difficult, or even easily manageable, depending on the student. UMass Amherst offers the same course in different levels of difficulty, thus giving students the opportunity to enter a new subject without affecting their grade in a negative, and even give students the opportunity to challenge themselves. Either way, no matter the difficulty or the course, UMass' academics will always bring knowledge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Whether coming to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, or any other educational institution, one must be prepared for everything. Assignments, homework, projects, or even exams, being prepared is key to succeeding at these subjects. Preparation includes, organization, time adjustment, studying for exams or quizzes, completing your homework and assignments on time, and being accustomed to the environment that you're surrounded by every day. The University of Massachusetts Amherst also offers the opportunity to choose in which area one would like live in, giving a detailed description of each setting. This way, incoming students get a general idea of the area they will be living in along with the rest of the campus. UMass Amherst also offers a variety of extra help and tutoring, from either using professor's office hours, to even peer to peer tutoring.

    In three sentences

    The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a fantastic school that has a lot of opportunities and resources to offer. It is a place where people from all over the world can meet and connect with one another, and learn about the world we live in. It is a university that provides a strong education, and prepares its students' futures.

  • 05/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends Play ball

    Tips for prospective students

    Be redy for the large classes and Plan your time wisely.

    In three sentences

    An Amazing School

  • 05/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do. Amherst is a great college town that has great shops, restaurants and bars. There are plenty of club sport opportunities and there are plenty of our door things to do. Amherst has a l ot of great hiking spots.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus and at the dining halls are great! They have every option available from ice cream to sushi.

    Dorm Life

    When I went to UMASS in 2006 I lived in Southwest and it was a blast! You create lifelong friendships and you can even take classes in your dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It may be because I am going back to school after being out for a few years, but it seems I have to spend a lot more time studying then I ever had before.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get behind! There aren't many opportunities to catch up. The course load is reasonable so just make sure you re-read your notes and go to class and you'll be fine.

    In three sentences

    UMass Amherst is a great school if you are good at working in a large classroom setting. The lower lever classes are in very large lecture halls, but most thing are posted online for review which is great. Although it is a large school, there are weekly sessions with TA's to work one-on-one for help.

  • 05/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to town! Quaint little town but still fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Berkshire Dinning Common is amazing!

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are of decent size.. the people you get paired up with (if you're going random roommate search) are perfect matches.

    Academic Rigor

    Most professors are lenient. As long as you manage your time wisely, you'll do fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Schedule a tour of the school! There's a lot to see.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school. Everyone is very friendly and helpful.

  • 05/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's usually something going on during the weekends. There are parties of course, but there are other things like late night movies in the student union, and different events that go on from time to time. It helps if you join a club, because then you'll be able to do a larger variety of things.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good, there are lots of choices, it depends on what DC you go to. You just have to find what you like, and try to eat at times when it's not as busy.

    Dorm Life

    It's really chance if you'll end up with someone you get along with for your roommate. The rooms are small, but you can make them work if you get along, and give each other space.

    Academic Rigor

    Like in all large schools there is a large variety of classes you can take. Some of them are extremely hard, an challenging. Some are pretty easy. It depends on the professor, and the level, as well as the material covered. There are honors classes for people in the commonwealth college that are usually more in depth.

    Tips for prospective students

    Become an active member of the University and find things you're interested in early. Make sure to talk to your professors, they're who you'll need to ask for letters of recommendation in the future. So get to know them, and let them get to know you.

    In three sentences

    UMass Amherst is the type of school where you get what you put in. No one will stop and ask if you need help, but there are plenty of opportunities for you to get it, if you want to and try to. Similarly there are so many opportunities to have fun, travel, join clubs, but if you don't find them you will miss out.

  • 06/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There has never been anything bad that has happened on campus. This school has its own police force full of horse riders and motorcyclist.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is every type of club and activity to take part in on this campus. From sports to gaming, this school has every oddity you can think of. If by any chance there is a club missing that you would like to have, you can take a trip to the student center and start one up your self.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student who is looking for a great engineering school that allows you to come up and complete any project your heart desires should attend this school. Engineers get to take part in a hacker room. A place full of gadgets and ideas. Your imagination is the limit,

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The center of Amherst is the best place to hang out. Most people pass by all the little food restaurants that populate this area, but some of the best food I have eaten can be found here.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, with the deal on the meal plans, Discounts on books, and the education provided by all the professors, this school is great to attend for anyone who wants to aspire towards better things.

    What to do for fun

    The most enjoyable thing is to just hang out with friends in a dorm. Kick back and relax while watching a movie or playing card games. This is the best way to unwind from a bad day at school,

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is sometimes not the best but other times it is amazing. really depends on what day you decide to go on. There are great deals that save people money when choosing a meal plan

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing at this school. All students are friendly and activities to attend are vast in numbers. There is something for anyone to have fun.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a tough school to pass from. One needs to have dedication and self discipline in order to survive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Electrical/Computer Engineering is a tough Major at this school but there are many resources to help you pass. Use them Wisely and spend time with your fellow students. Bouncing ideas off them is a great way to succeed.

    In three sentences

    The teacher at this school are great at what they do. They will do anything to help you pass. All the material help when graduating.

  • 06/02/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Umass has been trying to increase campus safety, but overall there are almost always student security guards walking around at night, so you do feel safe.

    Greek Life

    There are quite a few places to pledge to. Some are the stereotypical and some are charity or music based. Overall, if you wish to be a part of greek life, there will be a place for you. There is even a co-ed fraternity.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are all types of clubs and student run organizations. Anything you want, they have. And in the slim chance they don't, you can create a club.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student that is willing to push a bit to do well. Its a large school so it is possible to get lost in it all, but if you want to get a great experience, you can.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This campus is so large, most students do not even enter every building before they graduate! There are many free student shows on campus and tours that come through as well. During nice weather nights, movie are projected onto set up walls or the white water tank.

    Bang for the buck

    This is a great school for the money as long as you try to make it.

    What to do for fun

    Everything. Amherst is one of the best college towns in the nation. There are tons of little shops, all different types of food too. There is a decent size mall 5 minutes away with a movie theater, lazer tag, and roller rink as well as shops. Twenty minutes away is Northampton, one of the coolest and most progressive towns you can think of. There are a few different theaters here to see shows, more shops and places too eat.

    Food and Dining

    Compared to most other schools, Umass dining is fantastic and it offers a lot of places to eat. There are always constants in the dining hall, such as a salad bar, deli, stir fry, and soup, so you can always find something. Once you can apply for the your campus meal plan, you have a great range of food right in the center of the campus.

    Dorm Life

    If you want to party, live quietly, have an apartment, surround yourself with culture, or to surround yourself with people who share your interest, Umass makes it all possible.

    Academic Rigor

    Personally, I wanted to get a a lot out of my college in the way of academics. So I networked and took many classes that challenged myself. With the increase in interest in this school, there caliber is raising too.

    Tips for prospective students

    You can get a lot out of this school if you want. You can also cruise through this school if you choose to pick an easy major with easy classes and teachers. It is really up to you.

    In three sentences

    A world of opportunities if you choose to accept them. This campus is so large and the faculty offers so much but you need to have the drive to find it. Best college experience because it encompasses all class levels, great location, great social life, and every club you can possibly want.

  • 07/12/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Lots of activities and tons of occasions. There are concerts, cafes, clubs, activities, chances for work, opportunities to play sports, plays, musicals, and almost anything you can think of. If you attend the school you also get discounts on almost everything so its' all affordable, too.

    Food and Dining

    GREAT food and dining. Meal plans are convenient and parents eat free when they come to visit.

    Dorm Life

    There are lots of dorms and they all seem very safe from what I've heard and seen. There are dorm options for freshman, upperclassmen, and honors college students. The dorm buildings have monitors and a good security system. They seem to be safe and comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    The honors college is a great opportunity to challenge yourself and the academics at this school seem great. There are a lot of opportunities to take and the class selection is extensive. You even have the option to design your own major. Overall, it seems like a competitive and rigorous school but not overly so.

    Tips for prospective students

    I am still a prospective student but I definitely recommend getting a tour. It has made me love the college more than I did when simply researching it.

    In three sentences

    I've visited this school and it is very beautiful and is located in a nice little college town. It's got everything you could need so that you don't ever need to leave campus. There are lots of activities and benefits to going to this school it seems.

  • 07/12/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food here is outstanding and there's such a great selection in Berkshire. It is award winning!

    In three sentences

    I am here as part of the Summer College, and if classes are similar to the summer ones, it is not very rigorous. You have to motivate yourself, and it is very easy to coast by. Most of the kids here are partiers, which is what UMass is known for.

  • 07/20/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    My friends and I love to just hang on campus and play volley ball, but there are so many other things as well. The clubs to join are nearly countless in numbers, and I really recommend the ballroom dancing class. The library is a great place when you need a quiet place and ac.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing, even better than going out to restaurants, and isn't too expensive either. There are so many choices on where to eat and what you want to eat that I can never decide, but in such a good way that its unbelievable.

    Dorm Life

    I don't personally live on campus, but I have stayed a few nights, and from what my friends tell me, they love it. Its helped them see how it is to live away from home, and to show them more responsibilities.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic life will keep you on you toes, but is well worth it. When graduation comes, you will be well prepared for your career and whatever life throws at you on your way.

    Tips for prospective students

    pay close attention to what people tell you when you first arrive, and always carry a map of campus just in case.

    In three sentences

    The campus is large and has so many different activities to join and places to go. It's like the campus is a community of its own and holds the key to learning to live away from home. This school is amazing and the staff are so friendly and willing to help.

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Decent

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Blarney

    What to do for fun

    Party.

    Food and Dining

    Berk is the best, but they are changing Hamp so that should be even better.

    Dorm Life

    Super fun

    Academic Rigor

    The beginning courses are easier than the more in depth ones.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look up your professor online before you apply for classes. Make sure you dont mind being in a lecture of 500 kids for beginner level courses.

    In three sentences

    This university has everything you need in a college. Theres a huge campus with thousands of students to become acquainted with, theres so many majors to choose from, and its fun!

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Award-winning, CPE certified dining halls. You don't get lobster and steak on Halloween at just any school.

    Dorm Life

    With each residential area, including the brand new honors dorms, comes its own personality. Where you live will largely impact your freshman year - choose wisely.

    Academic Rigor

    It's no MIT or Harvard, but it offers rigorous classes - you just have to be willing to challenge yourself. There are easy classes, too, but those exist everywhere.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is what you make it. If you want to go crazy and party every night, you can do that, but if you want to learn a lot and really make it worth it, you can do that, too. College is so much different than high school; you are responsible for your education, so you can make it as good of an experience as you want. UMass gives you the opportunities - you just need to take advantage of them.

    In three sentences

    Large, diverse school with unlimited opportunities for success. Whether you want to be involved with research, sports, clubs, or anything else, UMass offers it.

  • 07/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Amherst is voted the number one college town in the nation. There are four other schools in the area to visit as well as Northampton two towns over. There is ALWAYS something to do whether you want to leave campus or stay on.

    Food and Dining

    UMass has one of the top dining halls in the country. There is an incredible amount of variety and the options are cooked healthily. There are four dining halls on campus, two of which have been recently renewed - one opening after renovation this coming fall. The value plan (the cheapest dining plan) is plenty. You get a certain amount of swipes per semester and when you go, you swipe in and it's all you can eat. It's not per item. There is always a fresh salad bar. The desserts are so good too.

    Dorm Life

    There are several different residential areas on campus. If you are looking for a larger residential area with a good atmosphere, Southwest Residential Area is the epitome of what people think of when they think college life. There are low rise building, towers, and different room set ups. The z-rooms, most prominent in the towers and the freshman low rise buildings, allow you to have a roommate but also allow for privacy. Everyone gets close and you make life long friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes that fullfil general education requirements can be really easy but the science and math departments have rather challenging, rigorous courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up with your school work and make sure that is always your top priority or you will fall behind. Also, UMass serves healthy food and the options are endless. Therefore, watch how much you eat and take advantage of the gym.

    In three sentences

    If you are looking for the ultimate, well-rounded college experience, UMass is the school for you. From an academic perspective, the professors are great, classes are challenging and students are motivated. The dorms are great and the food is one of the top dining experiences in the nation.

  • 08/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I like to go to the gym which is another gem amongst other things. It's beautiful with enough machine and weights to supply the campus size that is +20,000 students. If working out and being active isn't your thing though, there are many more things to do, and be involved with.

    Food and Dining

    I honestly like the food better at school than at my own home. The food is excellent, I believed rank top ten in the county for its dining. You will not go hungry, and you'll love the food, I guarantee it.

    Dorm Life

    You will not find a group of nicer and friendlier people than at this school. Everyone says hi to each other, and no one is judgmental. It really is a place where you can be yourself, and you will find others like yourself.

    Academic Rigor

    Just study and try your best and you should be alright. There are challenging classes that will require a lot of your attention, but those are usually concerned with your major, so you should enjoy them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, even when you don't want to. The work is difficult, you're not going to just slide by. Study, and work hard and you'll be alright.

    In three sentences

    The food and people are amazing. The classes, while big, are still to follow, and teachers are always willing to help. One of the best decisions I've ever made was going to school here.

  • 09/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of fun activities planned going on all the time. Don't be afraid to explore campus rather than going off-campus--there's so much to do, it's like its own little city

    Food and Dining

    UMass Dining has some of the best campus food in the country! Pair that with its emphasis on sustainability and buying local, and you've got yourself a recipe for success.

    Dorm Life

    People are so friendly here, you meet more people than you'd expect to.

    Academic Rigor

    UMass engages you right away, in that the Gen-Ed requirements are relatively light, so you can get started on learning about your major right away. Undecided? No problem, we have classes for that too.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're looking to get into a science, or into a good Pre-Dental or Pre-Med program, I highly guarantee applying here. UMass is constantly involved in research and sustainability efforts. If you do decide to attend, get to know the campus before class starts. The last thing you want is to get lost on the first day. Sure, it'll take a few days of wandering around staring at a map, but soon enough you'll know the campus and be comfortable in your surroundings

    In three sentences

    The first thing that struck me about UMass is that really feels like home. Right away, once you arrive, you start getting engaged with other students in different activities around campus. It's not cliche to say your time here will be one of the best in your life.

  • 09/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a club or group from the school within UMASS that you are at. This is the chance to make friends with those who you might just have class with. In the future you can use them to study with.

    Food and Dining

    Some dining option are all right but when you hit the famous dining halls at the right time, the food is pretty close to Mamma's cooking back home.

    Dorm Life

    Each RA on the floors try to keep you active with something wither it be joining a club or just being their friendly self and asking how your classes or day is going.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ditch the Reputation of UMASS being called Zoo-Mass. Your education and social life here is all up to you. If you choice to hang around with those who back up the reputation then yeah your education and experience will be just a waste of somebodys money. But if you focus on the courses you choose and actually make that tuition worth the money hang around with those who want to make a new reputation for a school that needs it.

    In three sentences

    The University of Massachusetts is a great place for collage bond students to receive a truly an education like no other. UMASS has all the right moves for students to fell either like at home with the friendly RA's, to events weekly with those on your dorm floor. UMASS always has some event, club or activity each day for students to join something new or to get a better understanding on something they may not be familiar with.

  • 09/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are security guards everywhere so it's generally pretty safe.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that love exercise and walking, also for those who grew up in rural areas on farms. There are lots of horses here.

    Bang for the buck

    It's really expensive for out of state students.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of clubs to join. Don't join band if you're afraid of the intensity. Lots of clubs for majors.

    Food and Dining

    UMass is #5 for food, but like all food it gets boring after a while. Find your favorite dining hall and stick to it. Berk definitely isn't the best--Worchester is my favorite.

    Dorm Life

    I'm currently in a triple which is very difficult to live in. MEET YOUR ROOMMATES FIRST. Even though it's awkward, call them on the phone and talk there instead of just FBing to find out more about them. You'll be surprised.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are okay depending on the teacher.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you don't like big schools, don't come here. The community is very open but it's hard to find the niche you fit in 100%, especially if you grew up in with an ethnic minority like I did.

    In three sentences

    UMass definitely isn't a party school depending on who you ask. If you're worried about fitting in, make sure you look around to find what you're looking for. The campus is huge, so bring your hiking boots.

  • 10/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    best food you'll find

    Dorm Life

    large dorms

    Academic Rigor

    easy classes as long as you pay attention

    Tips for prospective students

    time at umass will be well worth it.

    In three sentences

    great school that has lots of clubs. the faculty is friendly and want you too succeed Ranked #1 for best food

  • 10/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UMass has it's own police department and they're around a lot, also there's help towers where you can call for help or an escort to walk you to your dorm. Campus is well lit but I'd still be aware walking alone on weekends, especially if you're a girl because of the party scene.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is present but it's not a huge part of campus. If you want to be involved there are several fraternities and sororities on campus and a lot of them have their own houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a lot of clubs and activities offered on campus, but I find because the school is so big that it's hard to find information on them..ask around!

    Great for these types of students

    If you're looking for a college town UMass is the way to go!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a ton of construction of campus...I'd keep that in mind. While they're building new facilities for students, there's a lot of campus that's just overrun by it. It can affect how you get to your classes, and just the campus aura in general because it's a constant thing.

    Bang for the buck

    I'd say for a in-state student, you definitely get a great deal going to this school. On the other side, being out of state it gets a lot more pricey. I would really suggest considering the price before you enroll, but if you can afford it or you're in state I'd definitely give it a shot!

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Amherst has a lot of shops, restaurants, bars and cafes but it's more local. Hadley, which you can get to from a bus, has a mall, Target, movie theatre and tons of more mainstream shops like Bed Bath and Beyond, Barnes and Noble etc. The PVTA buses that run around the local towns are free for students and there's also a Peter Pan stop at UMass so you can easily travel as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food is actually really, really good. That being said, you can get tired of it after a while so there's a lot of restaurants in the area to go to. But with dining food you definitely have a lot of options, from kosher to vegetarian to gluten free. There's also late night that happens in 2 of the Dining Commons that provides food until midnight, as well as food trucks and cafes and food courts around campus. Lots of options!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is here is pretty great. There's several different areas to live in that students can choose so there's something for everyone. Some dorms are really nice, others are a bit more run down so do your research. I'd recommend also dorming close to your class buildings, it can be a bit of a walk at times to get from class to class because the campus is so big.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor all depends on how many classes you take and what your major and year are. For freshman, you're usually taking introductory courses to your major and general requirement classes...a lot like electives in high school. Classes get smaller as years go by as well as the rigor increasing!

    Tips for prospective students

    Listen to your intuition when you're visiting schools is very important. Also, this is a very big school and more often than not a lot of Freshman classes will be lectures with about 200-300 people so keep that in mind! UMass is known for being a party school, if you're into that you can definitely find parties and if not there are events happening on campus during weekends and things to do that cater to different lifestyles...lots of different people here!

    In three sentences

    If you're into a big college town this is definitely a great choice for you. The food is good and it's easy to get around with the PVTA bus systems. Amherst is a very good area, there's a lot of things to do if you look for them.

  • 10/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Incredibly safe, with help phones widely available

    Greek Life

    Speaking from experience, greek life is what you make it. It can be a wonderful experience where you meet interesting and life-long friends and have the time of your life. But it is a serious time commitment (that is often overlooked) and you have to be able to prioritize your life and be willing to make sacrifices. You also have to put school first, otherwise grades can suffer.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of options available

    Bang for the buck

    Still expensive but compared to others schools its a good deal

    What to do for fun

    Hockey hockey hockey! Umass Athletics are always a good time but hockey at UMass is very big and tons of fun!

    Food and Dining

    Very good compared to other campuses, but it does get old eventually.

    Dorm Life

    Not worth what you pay for it but it does offer plenty of opportunities to interact with your dorm mates.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are harder than others. Most professors are very understanding and will work with you if you are having a hard time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs, don't just be limited to friends in your residential area Pick classes that are out of your comfort zone Get involved through work or clubs or volunteering

    In three sentences

    Best decision of my life to choose Umass Amherst. The student life is amazing and the broad array of classes and majors provides so many opportunities for just about everyone. Make the most of it, it goes by fast.

  • 10/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You name it . Over 100 clubs to join

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. There is so much to do and the Town Of Amherst is lovely

    In three sentences

    Beautiful atmosphere, faculty very helpful, everyone is really friendly and the food is awesome

  • 11/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    A number of clubs and good sport teams are here on campus. Also the weekends are something everyone looks forward to especially if you live in southwest. The school also puts on some of the best concerts in Massachusetts so we have that, too. Also if you want to go for a hike or are an outdoors-y person you can go rock climbing and hiking within 15 minutes of campus.

    Food and Dining

    You wouldn't think it's actually college food. The dining halls may get a little packed but if you go at the off hours where everyone isn't eating you should be ok.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms may not be the prettiest or most up to date ones known in college, but they sure are fun. Make friends with your neighbors and your RA as soon as you get to school. It will help a LOT.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on your major. Also it depends on how well you want to do. I am an Economics/Communications major and I have a sufficient workload. I know other majors like Computer Science or Civil Engineering are also demanding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont get caught up too much in the party scene. Remember you're here for a reason - that one being school and getting an education. Make friends and go outside of your comfort zone as soon as you can.

    In three sentences

    A big school with a small school feel to it. You can become whoever you want and people here will help you succeed. There is something here for everyone.

  • 11/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UMass is refurbishing the inside of the Chapel, the staple for many pictures of the UMass campus. Every day the bells are ringing, which is a nice tradition they are trying to start. Hockey games are super fun!

    Bang for the buck

    For a state school UMass is pretty great. Even for out-of-state it's not too bad, and it's not impossible for UMass to give you financial aid. Worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Of course there are many parties, but also many events on campus that make a weekend at school exciting. Lot of outdoorsy things like hiking, skiing, etc. You won't get bored here!

    Food and Dining

    Oh man. The food is almost too good, I miss it when I go home. UMass is always trying to prove the dining commons and they always are successful.

    Dorm Life

    The Commonwealth Honors College community dorms were just built and look beautiful. Each residential community at UMass has a personality, and living in the dorms is fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely not an easy school. Every year the acceptance rate gets lower, and the classes are not always that easy. Has the parties, yes, but also has tough classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    GET INVOLVED. Making new friends is very easy on this campus, and there are so many registered student organizations that you can find your group of friends here.

    In three sentences

    I have loved my time at UMass. Beautiful college town, vibrant community and so many majors that it's impossible to not find your niche here. Big school, big opportunities and lots of graduate opportunities as well. Would definitely recommend. Also, our food is fantastic!

  • 12/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    On the first few weeks you eat at the dining commons, you'll be amazed at their giant selection of food and drinks and will walk around in cycles trying to figure out what to eat. From pho to pizza to chicken to steak, from Cinnamon Toast Crunch to brownies to rice crispies to cake, they have it all! It is easily possible that you will exhibit the freshman 15 really quick by joyously feasting in the dining areas. However, the selection of food may become very ornate just as easily after a few weeks, since they tend to cook the same items each week. While the food is nothing to complain about, you might head home on winter break wishing you could have all the food like at college when you have dinner with your family once again.

    Dorm Life

    There are many residential zones on campus, and the one that stands out for its unique characteristic in the schools is the Southwest residential area. This is one of the two residential zones that doesn't look like a large town of condominiums and grass fields. Basically the party zone of UMass Amherst, it tends to get quite rowdy on weekend nights, especially when the weather is nice out, but, generally, the noise remains indoors otherwise and isn't really as bad as a zoo. Rather, just think of your local shopping mall on the first week of December. For other dorms, expect a little more silence, just as well as your usual college party or dorm get together,

    Academic Rigor

    Every school has its boring class, its fun class, its okay-class...etc. Every student has his or her idea of what the ideal teacher is, and every school has its expectations of how well classes are performed and how the professors run them. Though, none of these ideals and expectations are always met, and from that point, passing is all a matter of how much you are willing to endure in order to maintain that GPA! Should you struggle doing so, there are many resources to help you boost it up. If you have trouble with your essays, you can always visit the Writing Center in the library and receive tips on how to improve your paper. The library always has space for students to study in case their dorms are too loud or dull, or if they need to do group work in an open space. Sometimes we face a crisis in our lives or we get engaged in the general drama that brings our spirits down. In this case, we can visit the counseling center where our stress will be beat by the best!

    Tips for prospective students

    UMass Amherst is a giant university that comprises of many students who aren't totally from Western Massachusetts. Being set in a vast area of land where many outsiders from foreign places say there's nothing in Amherst, people often regard UMass Amherst as a school students go to when they want to be deprived of the social life occuring in Boston. Yet, there are still many sports games you can attend, as well as various night life features such as bowling alleys, movie theatres, clubs, bars, restaurants, and, of course, dorms. And if you're not a nocturnal student, there are many opportunities to explore the natural setting surrounding the region. While it may not be a big city, in Amherst there are still enough people from around the world waiting to be met by you and are open to sharing their spirit and time with you. As they say, life is what you make of it. Therefore, a social life is what you make of it. Get out there and start exploring with your new friends if you want to have fun!

    In three sentences

    UMass Amherst is excellent for students looking to get a grasp of the college life! Students can indulge in their academics without being stripped of the college social life features. UMass Amherst is more than just the woods it's claimed to be!!

  • 12/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The school strict safety policies has police which has been known to respond within seconds of a call. Help lights are located throughout campus to provide a quick means of receiving help in a dangerous situation. The school also offers an escort service to bring students to their destinations safely at night.

    Greek Life

    Many greek organizations located on and off campus, ranging from marching band sororities and fraternities, to social justice organizations.

    Clubs and Activities

    About any club imaginable exists at UMass, and if it doesn't, you can create it! The school has had milk and cookies clubs, providing milk and cookies for finals, goat herding clubs, on top of the usual subject based clubs. The school has a variety of sports, including a division 1A football team, a great basketball team, ROTC programs, rowing club, and many more.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rub the minuteman statue for good luck on your finals!

    Bang for the buck

    UMass offers a top notch education and social experience for a low price. The school gives large grants based on merit and need, as well as scholarships. The school is acclaimed in state and out, and is a great choice for any prospective student, no matter their financial state.

    What to do for fun

    The school is never short on events for its students. Some of the most common hosted events include movie nights in the student center, open mic nights, dances, as well as seasonal events like haunted houses and fairs. The University is also in walking distance of the town center, which has a variety of stores and restaurants, many of which offer student discounts. The UMass bus system also provides easy transportation to the Hampshire mall, which has a movie theater as well as many popular stores.

    Food and Dining

    UMass is known for it's great quality food, served buffet style, using local ingredients as main sources for its dishes. Daily dishes range from grill items to a sushi bar. Each dining commons offers a new main meal every day. Options are provided for Kosher, Vegetarian, and Vegan needs. The school has a total of four dining commons as well as a few scattered cafes which can use meal plan swipes in place of money. Each dining commons has a to go station that uses standard meal swipes for a custom to go lunch. Two food trucks also make rounds around the campus for an on the go meal,

    Dorm Life

    The University provides singles, doubles, and triples as well as apartments and suites for non-freshman students. Floors are offered in single gender or co-ed as preferred by the student. Living with a roommate is quite the experience and allows you to create close friendships. The same goes for the rest of your floormates! Dorm life is quite the social experience. UMass also has Residential Academic Programs, as known as RAPs for first year students. Living in a RAP puts you on a floor with others who share a similar interest. Some programs include Social Justice and Activism, Politics, Business, Science, Theater, and more! Accommodations can be provided for students with special requests, such as Spectrum, which provides LGBTQ housing for those who opt to join, with gender free bathrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are easy, and some are hard! Choose the courses that are best for you, but always try to challenge yourself. To be totally honest, attending class and completing all your work is enough to pass in regular level classes. Put in your best effort, and the results will reflect that! The school offers admission to the Commonwealth Honors College, which admits high achieving students. If admitted, Honors classes will be noticeably harder. However, admission includes housing in the brand new CHC dorms, which is a huge plus!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be well rounded, That doesn't mean having a ton of extra-curricular activities. One or two suffices, but you want to make sure your academic record shows effort and improvement. In your application, make it clear what you're passionate about. Talk about what makes you unique. The University doesn't want cookie cutter, always straight A students. They want to know how you'll be a great new addition to the school..

    In three sentences

    UMass Amherst is a big school, but you can make it as large or as you'd like. The school has a large variety of programs and clubs to suit the needs of all prospective students, ranging from its acclaimed marching band to history club. There's always something new to explore, new people to meet, and new experiences to have.

  • 12/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are hundreds of clubs on campus that meet regularly. There are also intramural sports year round. The recreational center is massive and attracts a lot of students. Downtown Amherst is also a ten minute walk from campus, and there are five other colleges close by.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply undecided if you are unsure of what you want to do. Try and take calculus in high school, especially if you are interested in life sciences or anything related to math.

    In three sentences

    The University of Massachusetts is an engaging college that has something to offer for just about every kind of student. With such a large selection of classes and majors, there is a lot of flexibility for me when it comes to choosing what I study. I also find the courses to be very challenging, but not unfair.

  • 01/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Be careful if you're a woman. We've got hotline telephones in the more isolated areas, but it's not always helpful. I'm told police racially profile as well.

    Greek Life

    It's there. I'm not a part of it, so I can't say.

    Clubs and Activities

    Such a variety! We've got well over a hundred.

    Great for these types of students

    - Outgoing, sociable - Compsci majors (seriously. Look it up).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The library's nice.

    What to do for fun

    - 4 Neighboring colleges allow for various extra curriculars. - Umass itself has so many you won't be sure what to do with yourself. They're mostly on weekdays. - free bus system lets you get around the area very well.

    Food and Dining

    Very delicious.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman are all sent to Freshmen dorms, which can be frustrating. Large parties aren't easy to do.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't been here long enough to say (just finished first semester). The gen eds seem pretty easy, although I've heard it gets increasingly difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    - It's a big campus, take a few days to get yourself oriented. - The language programs -especially the Asian ones- are very high quality. If you're considering them, take advantage. - Don't live in Southwest unless you like to party hard. Every night.

    In three sentences

    There's a underlining racist attitude, although there are some students (not just minorities) who fight it. Academics seem decent. Excellent resources for travel abroad.

  • 01/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UMass has its own police department. Wonderful people.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club here for everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    The best education for the money. Missing the technical, hands on piece for some majors though.

    What to do for fun

    SO MANY CLUBS!! I'd be surprised if someone cannot find at least one thing on campus that they like to do. It's so big that exploring and people-watching are always great alternatives.

    Food and Dining

    It is college food man.. What can I say? UMass is nationally ranked at #3 for food. It's good, but repetitive. We have three dining halls that have great hours. The food does not always please everyone so you'll have to remember to get creative.

    Dorm Life

    There are four residential areas for incoming students: Central, Southwest, Northeast, and Orchard Hill. Central is earthy crunchy. A lot of smoking goes on in Central. Great location though. Southwest is the party hub. It is close to the gym and a great distance from everything else. Northeast was my favorite. I lived there Freshman year. Right next to the dining hall and all my classes. Orchard Hill is quiet. It is equidistant from two dining halls and right behind Northeast. The lounges have balconies and are amazing on fall and spring nights.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor depends on your major. I am an Engineering student. I spend most of my time in my room doing homework or going to study sessions. The experience is what you make it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the size intimidate you. Visit! There is an energy to the campus. You'll know whether or not it is right for you after one or two visits.

    In three sentences

    UMass is the ideal place to go when pursuing a four year degree in math or science related fields. UMass offers many highly competitive programs and will provide the best education for the money. As easy as it is to get lost on a very large campus it is also that much easier to find the perfect niche for any individual as UMass offers over 100 clubs and dozens of student organizations.

  • 01/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Things to do for fun on campus include hanging out at the mall, going to the gym/pool, playing disc golf/basketball, walking through the orchards, shopping at the campus center/bookstore, sledding down the hills behind Orchard Hill/Van Meter dorms, picking apples from the orchards or any of the dining hall gardens, and of course, partying! There are also many things to do right off campus, such as shopping, going to the movie theater, or eating at a restaurant.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls have either a really good day or a really bad day. On a good day, there is a lot of sections to choose from (deli, stir-fry, pasta, salad bar, pizza/burgers/fries, fruit bar, dessert bar). On a bad day, there is either not much to choose from, or the food is way too dry. Also, every single day, the two featured meals to choose from are ALWAYS either fish or chicken... there is rarely a ham or steak dinner. Not everyone is trying to eat healthy!!

    Dorm Life

    Overall, the dorm rooms are very small, and some of the rules we have to follow are a little ridiculous (no smoking on the balconies, no lighting incense/candles in the room, no loud music past 9pm). Also, the showers are TINY and there is only one bathroom on each side, so I have to walk to the other side of the floor to use the girls bathroom.

    Academic Rigor

    I am an art major, so most of my classes are studio/drawing. Being in the art department has stressed me out more than I could have imagined. The work load is intense, and the deadlines for projects are sometimes unreasonable. I had to complete a 30-40 hour portrait in one weekend (due Monday morning)! Be prepared to pull quite a few all-nighters.

    Tips for prospective students

    The meal plans are way over-priced, and any leftover meal swipes are NOT transferred over to the next semester. I had over 80 meal swipes left at the end of the semester, so that's over $800 that the school took from me. Definitely consider buying or renting a fridge to keep food in your room!

    In three sentences

    UMass Amherst has a lot to offer in terms of keeping students busy on campus. There is access to free public transportation to take students around town, free memberships to the gym and pool, and plenty of job opportunities on and around campus. The only issue I have had is with the new no-smoking policy; it's college, and we're all adults here... there's no need to ban cigarettes!

  • 01/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    If you're in-state it's worth it, but out-of-staters would be better off going to a private school with an estimated yearly expense of $40k to go here.

    What to do for fun

    clubs, hang out with friends, go to downtown Amherst, to go the mall, go to Northampton and look at the Smith college art museum, join a club, participate in many of the events that umass offers, or go to sporting events.

    Food and Dining

    Berk is the best, but most everywhere on campus has great food. There are cafe's and restaraunts around campus as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms in southwest are a little wild, but it's not that bad at all. Each residential area has its own little nickname and personality.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are very easy, but as you move up the ladder it gets more challenging. Going to class is important in many classes, and at the least it can get you brownie points.

    Tips for prospective students

    It gets cold and windy in the winter, so pack well. Chat with your professors, they're really nice people!

    In three sentences

    The school is filled with friendly people and professors, even the professors note how kind the students are. There are plenty of opportunities here, including clubs, assistantships, and volunteer opportunities. It also has the option of signing up for classes at the other neighboring colleges, which is great and expands your class options.

  • 02/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends

    Food and Dining

    #1 college dining for a reason!

    Dorm Life

    Typical dorms, it's the people in the building that makes it.

    Academic Rigor

    Only taking science classes, but definitely challenging

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely apply! Take lots of tours and learn all you can about the university

    In three sentences

    Incredible opportunities at your fingertips in whatever field you choose to pursue. The professors are always available for whatever you need. The people here are great, and although there is always construction, it is a great atmosphere.

  • 02/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety here is pretty good -- you can tell there is definitely a presence of the UMPD on campus, and they are approachable. I feel safe walking around campus, and I definitely think it is safe to say someone else would too.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is visible, but in no way does it at all dominate the UMass culture. More people are not in Greek life than those who are here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs here are awesome! Registered Student Organizations can give you many opportunities to meet new people, and even become elected as an Executive Board member of a club which is great for a resume.

    Great for these types of students

    There is a spot for everyone at UMass -- whether you are a more quiet student like me, or outgoing, there are hundreds of clubs to join and majors to enroll in. You are not alone here, as there are many other students in the same boat as you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When it's nice and warm outside students like to lay on the hill beside Van Meter Hall and Orchard Hill, it's an absolute beautiful view of the campus since it's the highest point. Also looking from the 23rd floor of the library (UMass's library is the tallest college library in the country) onto the campus, you can see the rest of the Pioneer Valley which is terrific. The first hockey game at home is always super fun too!

    Bang for the buck

    As an out of state student, UMass is more expensive than it is for in state students. However, I am in love with my school and would not trade it for the world. There are ways around paying for college and scholarship money. It's not impossible to go to the financial aid office and ask about how to go about paying for the following year, as I have done this myself. But I believe that my time here is worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    Hanging out with friends, listening to music, watching movies. College students are not that different than normal people! Also, the more you're in college the more you cherish and enjoy a good night's sleep.

    Food and Dining

    Oh man. The food is delicious, and there are many options for people on various diets -- vegetarian, gluten free, vegan, etc. UMass has been awarded by US News and World Report on their food, and they take pride in knowing what our opinion of it is. You will not go hungry here!

    Dorm Life

    You really can fit in anywhere here at UMass Amherst. Southwest definitely feels like a small city, but you can always wake up to the beautiful rolling green area of Central and Orchard Hill. The Honors College dorms were just built and are beautiful as well.

    Academic Rigor

    The further you get into your major, the harder it gets. But that's expected, normal, and you wouldn't want anything less. The professors do not baby you, and they shouldn't -- you're in college now!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in a club on campus! It's great to have the friends you make on your floor freshman year, but it's always fun to meet other friends too.

    In three sentences

    UMass Amherst is the perfect combination of a big school with a small college town. This school allows you to make so many connections with professors and graduate programs as well as to the greater Pioneer Valley community. There's lots of diversity in political views, race and student life.

  • 02/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Boo.

    What to do for fun

    What's not fun to do at UMass? We have great intramural sports, our amazing recreation center, plus three more gyms for other uses! Endless amounts of clubs, activities coordinated for every occasion, movies in the Student Union, and breaking World Records! And if none of that interests you, the night life is insane!!

    Food and Dining

    I really can not get enough of my school's food. Even though I had my fears of the freshman fifteen, I managed to eat healthy. There are so many tasty and yet, smart choices to eat for each meal of the day.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Central and as the name says it is n the heart of most of the UMass campus. My dorm is always clean and has your average (okay more than your average) amount of noise and smells, ha-ha. Comfortable, cozy, and have a modern touch on old buildings.

    Academic Rigor

    Even though, I am only a freshman, I am in my second semester and have enjoyed all of my classes and professors, thus far. There have been some big ups and downs through my course load and stress modes. But, UMass has a very close nit academic community and I love my comfort with my work load and asking for help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you take a tour around campus, maybe even a few, to see if you like the feel of a bug campus. Lots of walking is involved, but you get use to it after awhile, if you just appreciate the benefits of walks everyday!

    In three sentences

    UMass is honestly a place that brings great happiness, in the form of opportunities, friends, and moments that will last a lifetime. The food is scrumptious and healthy for you, too! You ma think UMass is full of partiers, but there are far more great things happening throughout our lively campus.

  • 03/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You will never be bored at Umass. There is always something to do whether it be a game, a concert, or an expo. There is never a dull moment at Umass!

    Food and Dining

    The food at Umass Is the best in the country! Literally.. they win awards all the time. Whether you want made to order stir fry or fresh salmon their is something for everybody! We even get full steamed lobsters on special occasions! You will never go hungry at Umass. From healthy to yummy they have everything.

    Dorm Life

    Contrary to popular belief the dorms at Umass are relatively quiet. This doesn't mean that everyone stays in their rooms and nobody talks though. Everyone's doors are always open and you become very close with all of your floor mates. I live in the southwest residential area at Umass and live in what is called a z-room. This style of room provides the most privacy while still living with another person. I also had Umass find me a roommate through their random roommate search program. Honestly, I could not have picked a better roommate for myself! They do an excellent job with matching people up and I would suggest any new student to apply random.

    Academic Rigor

    This all depends on your major. Being a Biology (pre-med) major myself, I am continuously being challenged to put my best effort in everyday.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school is not for the timid and shy. They give you the tools for success but will not hold your hand through out your journey. There are more than enough resources here to help you become successful, but you must seek them out yourself.

    In three sentences

    Planning to attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst was probably the best decision of my life! This school is full of opportunities and the only one stopping a student from achieving greatness is themselves. I could not imagine going anywhere else!hr

  • 03/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I hang out with my friends for fun. We play basketball in the winter and soccer in the spring.

    Food and Dining

    UMass Dining is the best in the nation. It is ranked number one. The food here is so amazing.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm like is amazing here at UMass. Living in southwest is amazing. The room I'm in is a Z room. Its pretty much a room split into two.

    Academic Rigor

    UMass Amherst is the hardest school to get into. It is considered a rigorous school.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're a prospective student, don't forget to get involved! Choose afternoon classes. If you're living on campus and looking for a quite place, live in orchard hill or central. If you're a pretty social person, live in southwest.

    In three sentences

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst is the best to go to. It is considered to be the hardest university school to get into.It is one of the best party schools!

  • 03/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Greek Life is the best way to get involved and connected at any college

    What to do for fun

    club and intramural sports, as well as hundreds of clubs and Greek Life

    Food and Dining

    The food at UMass is the best of any college, the dining staff are friendly and constantly come up with new and exciting meals

    Dorm Life

    each residential area is a unique experience however all keep the students safe and allow them space to work

    Academic Rigor

    depending on your major you may be faced with a great deal of course work, UMass has many facilities that help with any academic problems a student may have

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved with as many groups as possible and expand your horizons through connections with older students that can help you with classes and any struggles you may be having in your life

    In three sentences

    A wonderful and diverse place for young people to further their education. UMass appeals to nearly any student with learning type.

  • 04/26/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Like most campus, it has blue lights. They have police available.

    Greek Life

    There appears to being many different groups so it appears to be available.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs and activities to choose from so there is a club or activity for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Want to attend school that challenges you.

    Bang for the buck

    There are a lot of different majors to chose from and the tuition/fees are cheaper than a lot of private schools. Also for students that want to become a veterinary, this school offers an animal farm so the students get to work with animals, not many schools have that option.

    What to do for fun

    There appears to be a lot of clubs and listed on many boards are different activities to attend or do.

    Food and Dining

    There are many choices and the food is good. It is more of a buffet style but there are a lot of options for whatever you want.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are like most dorms. The honors college has specific dorms and the area is quite, some of the other areas appear to be loud.

    Academic Rigor

    Can't answer too much on this as not a student there.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a large campus so be prepared to walk. They have a lot of different majors to choose from. They are always building and the equipment appears to be what is used by future employers.

    In three sentences

    It appears to have a lot of opportunities for different studies. I have been accepted into the Honor college and from being around campus There are many different foods to choose from.

  • 04/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You can be walked home by a cadet until 3 AM every night. You have to call and schedule it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for almost everything! If you don't see the club you like, start your own!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a weird tunnel that goes from Bartlett to Herter...

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive for everyone no matter where you go. Lots of chances to succeed at Umass, though.

    What to do for fun

    I could write so much about this, but there's a bus system that goes for free (for students) to Northampton all the time which is a great town (especially for geeks who like comics and art and stuff- it's a very fun town). Amherst can get a little boring because it's in the middle of nowhere, but there's enough to do like get late-night donuts at Glazed or just eat pizza and watch marathons of Pawn Stars if you want. Overall, there's a lot of opportunity to have fun. LGBTQA+ dances a few times a year, parties, clubs, and so on.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of options- gluten free, vegetarian, etc. I think the food here is pretty great in comparison to a lot of other colleges.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are really warm, in my opinion. I've lived here for two years and I haven't had a dorm that hasn't had a heating problem. We had a few cockroaches last year and that was awful, but I think it was there was so much construction happening nearby. Overall, living here isn't bad. It depends on where you live.

    Academic Rigor

    Really depends on what you're doing, but just be smart about your class load.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research where you want to live if you decide to live on campus. Southwest if you like to party (or not, which is totally possible), among others. It's okay if you don't know your major at first, but try to figure it out as soon as possible because a lot of the programs are class-specific and it can be hard to figure out your schedule. Do well, get into the honors college if you can. It's a great opportunity. There's decent food, but always have snacks especially if you're pulling an all-nighter. The bus is GREAT. I would give my soul to the bus system if I could. It has it's flaws but it's so convenient. Don't bring your car- it's expensive and bothersome. It's nice occasionally but it's awful when it snows.

    In three sentences

    It's an incredibly large school, but it has a lot of opportunities. I love the campus, but there's a lot of construction going on all the time. There's a lot to do but it's very easy to get away from the noise and socialization if you need to.

  • 10/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I continue to be impressed with the security on a campus that is so large. Security in almost every building, safety precautions, hard working police force.

    Greek Life

    I am not personally involved but I hear everybody who is really enjoys it here. It is not as serious as some schools down south.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many to choose from, make sure you choose something you will enjoy. Also lots of different classes offered in the gym or intramural sports teams. Great way to make friends.

    Great for these types of students

    As I mentioned before people who are looking for a big campus and don't mind new england weather and plenty of new englanders, you should fit in well here. If you also enjoy eating this is the place of ryou

    What to do for fun

    Go out to town or northhampton. Join clubs and teams. Go to different events. Hangout on the grass and soak in some sun while it's available. I mostly go to the library or my room.

    Food and Dining

    Amazing. So many options. There's sushi, enough said.

    Dorm Life

    It is not the most glamorous life but it is as good as you make it. You get the necessities in your room and make the best of it. Everything is pretty clean, security is good, beds are large, rooms are a decent size. It just depends more on the social aspect and how you decide to live in your dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    I don't think the academics here are extremely difficult if you don't get distracted and procrastinate. If it does become difficult there are different sources on campus to help such as the tutoring one on one in the library and review sessions held in most classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to look at a school that you will feel most comfortable in and be most successful in. Research what the school has to offer academically, maybe even based off of you major. Read about the professors there and other student opinions etc. Spend a lot of time with this since this is where you will be living for the next four years or more. Make sure you like it. When I say like it I mean if you are more comfortable in a big school or small school, rural vs. city, cold weather vs. hot weather, etc. One of the big reasons I chose Umass other than the fact it is somewhat more affordable is due to the fact it is a large campus. I wanted a city setting but this campus is so large it is as if I am in a small city. Another huge reason I chose to come here was for the food. Make sure you look up what kind of food they have to offer since you will have to be eating it for the next four years. I also recommend visiting schools you are highly considering as a way to narrow down your search. listen to the different resources they have to offer and what the living environment will be like.

    In three sentences

    I would rate Umass Amherst as an overall good school to attend. It has grown and become more competitive which makes it look better and is also a good pick for those struggling financially. There are several majors to choose from that may not be offered in other schools along with several other benefits that made it my to pick.