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I went to Umass through the Mass Transfer program, soAverageIndustrial Design
I went to Umass through the Mass Transfer program, so I only had to go for two years thankfully. I was not a fan of my time at Umass and ended up stacking classes to get out. Unfortunately I had to endure the ending of election 2016 in super left Umass. The university is largely left leaning, so is the area and many people come off as condescending and somewhat rude if you have a different opinion than them. In many of my courses, I refrained from participating trying not to get the whole class to attack my opinion. I made the mistake of opening my mouth a few times and was met with a roar of disapproval from my peers on subjectively uncontroversial subjects. Most of campus lands on the far left side of the spectrum and Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton were held as messiahs. Rarely I met people I could have an open conversation with.

I know UMass is a giant school and it has every kind of person you could imagine, just remember that Amherst and Northampton are the meccas for "progressives" and their ideals. Really even if you try and stay away from politics at school, it remains so in your face that it hurts. I felt ostracized at times and questioned if I was stupid because I didn't fit in with many of my classmates.

Overall I'm glad I got through and wanted to go home every weekend. Now that I'm out I hope to move somewhere far away from Massachusetts. The Social justice bleeding hearts really made me dislike going here. the activist culture is alive and well at Umass. I just would like people to heed my warning about the activist culture around Umass. They are the "majority" here, and yes they were still yelling that months and months after the election was over. Third wave feminism is rampant. Black Live Matter, Socialists, Communists, The whole nine yards was there. Soaked in cultural marxism to the core. You can meet people that just don't want to talk identity politics and you can just have a casual conversation with, but I found them a bit hard to come by. Plus the size of the campus is quite large and going class to class can take up to 25-30 depending on where you are, FYI.

2nd Year Male -- Class 2016
Campus Maintenance: A, Campus Aesthetics: F
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Welcome to UMass Amherst, where bureaucracy is king.Quite BrightEconomics
Welcome to UMass Amherst, where bureaucracy is king. Just like in the real world, you exist as a number in a system. Nobody will care about you, nobody will look out for you, and nobody will help you unless you absolutely hound them. Getting any kind of staff/faculty assistance is an absolute chore. I was required to meet with an advisor every semester prior to registering for my classes, but appointments fill up weeks before registration opens. Upon getting a meeting (if you are so lucky), you're likely to get a completely unhelpful summation of what you need to take. Do not expect helpful answers to any actual questions like "will X fulfill Y requirement". The answer you receive will be along the lines of "talk to X person" who will, in all likelihood, tell you to talk to another Y person. Professors, advisors, and other staff members are some of the least communicative I've ever encountered. If you do receive a response, it will likely not be for several days (even for time-sensitive issues), and it often took me two or three emails (sometimes to people over the head of the person I was trying to contact) to get a response. You literally have to raise hell to get any help.

Add to this the rigidity that comes with a bureaucracy-driven college, and you have a recipe for madness. Do you want a double major? I'll answer that for you - no, you don't. Your secondary major will treat you like a second class citizen, and will outright refuse you entry into classes that you need to graduate, with the excuse that "preference is given to primary majors" or "this is class is for primary majors ONLY". I'm a senior. I was still not given priority for several upper level classes that I needed to complete my secondary major (which I had already invested 3 years in).

Res-Life is a complete joke, and I say this as a former-RA. Their so caught up with their political-correctness nonsense (we actually got a handout with an entire page of non-standard pronouns. AN. ENTIRE. PAGE. Ridiculous stuff like xhe and xi that reads like satire rather than an actual attempt to be inclusive) that they don't actually give a damn about student happiness or well-being (unless you're a flight/suicide risk, of course).

It just seems like every single thing at this university is horribly mismanaged, to the point of it being a common joke among the students. Administration acts like they want to cut down on drinking culture, going so far as to ban 'pong' of any form (whether or not alcohol is involved, and yes, you can get written up for it), yet they completely section off the entire parking lot for tailgating before football games (forcing those who pay for parking to park elsewhere), which becomes an unsupervised underage drinking fest. It's fun, don't get me wrong, but completely hypocritical and absurd.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2017
Social Life: A+, Faculty Accessibility: F
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Umass Amherst can be an amazing place toBrightChemical Engineering
Umass Amherst can be an amazing place to spend 4 years of your life learning and growing. The simple trick is getting involved. There are endless opportunities but they require you to initiate first. If you want to grow academically and pursue amazing opportunities you will thrive and grow. If college is a lifestyle and "the best years of your life" There is an constant party and nightlife scene to be enjoyed. Totally up to you how you spend your time. No restrictions.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2018
Education Quality: A+, Campus Aesthetics: C-
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