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Having just transferred here this semester, I'm wonderingBrightGeography and Geosciences
Having just transferred here this semester, I'm wondering if this was the right decision for me. I had heard great things about umass regarding both the academic and social life of the university. However, while I have found the academics so far to be positive, I can't say the same for the social life. I strongly encourage those who fall into the more 'introverted' category to really consider their options carefully.

Being a soft spoken introvert myself, I've found it quite tricky to form close relationships so far and this only gets more difficult the further you get into the semester.

Despite the large size of the school, it tends to be on the cliquey side which is often the case for state schools. I really do think where you live plays a major factor in how your personality fits into the social scene of your location. However, I'm sure introverts can thrive here as well as long as they put themselves out there a bit more.On the other hand though, I do love the area and academic aspects of this school and will try my best to make it work.

1st Year Male -- Class 2018
Scholastic Success: A, Campus Aesthetics: C-
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When I was applying to schools and visitedQuite BrightGeography and Geosciences
When I was applying to schools and visited UMass I knew at that moment that it would not be a good match for me. Unfortunately, I didn't listen to my intuition and decided to come anyways due to the price tag and research opportunities.

The academics in my department are fantastic and I have absolutely nothing bad to say about the UMass Geosciences department. They are overall wonderful, helpful, and passionate people.

Unfortunately, that can't make up for the overall vibe of the school. If you went to a normal public high school and enjoyed it, then you'll like UMass. The social life and generally the people that go here are clearly just following the path that was set out for them. The majority of the students don't especially care about their education and are simply here because its the next obvious step in their lives.

I went to a small, weird high school where I thrived, and I should have known better not to go to a massive school. So that's mostly my fault.

1st Year Female -- Class 2018
Collaboration/Competitive: A, Campus Aesthetics: C-
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Business school is ranked as one of theQuite BrightAccounting
Business school is ranked as one of the best in the nation. Definitely choose Isenberg over Northeastern and BU. You're paying less for a degree that will 100% get you a job and high salary right out of college. The Chase Career Center practically forces an internship and job down your throat- they really care about UMASS students.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2016
Education Quality: A+, Individual Value: D
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