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| A great launching pad for study in science. Although the bio program is small, it allows for plenty of undergraduate research opportunities with close supervision. This is essential for graduate school and those who do well here can pretty much choose whatever graduate school they want to go to.That and everyone's friendly and focused. |
|May 20 2010|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
| Some classes are not small at all. Forget about transfer credits. Now many transfer credits not accepted, funny considering that a public funded school should not have that option. Some classes are small, but that depends on the major itself. I am currently in one class where it is so packed we have to organize ourselves to move out of the aisle. Some teachers are really great, however there are a few that are condescending and unreasonable. The school buildings need so much maintenance. the structure of the parking garages under the campus itself is unsafe. No repairs have been made in the past 2 maybe 3 years. I have yet to see any attempt on repairs either. |
Money is wasted on unnecessary things such as televisions in the cafeteria. It sounds nice, however you can barely hear them or see them. It was a completely bad idea. The shuttle services are extrememly slow. In most cases they are late, driving wrecklessly, and even driving while talking on a cell phone.
Overall, this university has too much autonomy. There is no regulation of those who are in control of it. Considering that it is a public funded school it should be regulated. For example transfer credits from accredited private institutions should be accepted. They should be regulated on expenses as well. All class rooms should be utilized as much as possible. I have seen many class rooms empty while others are overcrowded.
By the way they have no concern for privacy. There is always a photographer who randomly takes pictures of the students while they are unaware of it. These photos are posted up on the website with no permission. Also for the open house commercials, students are video recorded on the campus and are previewed on television. Again this is without permission or awareness of the students recorded. There is a complete disregard for the students, and his or her rights. For brand new student coming from highschool this school may be good for you. For transfer students; seek alternative colleges this place will become a blackhole, you will be stuck there longer than what you really should be.
|Mar 12 2010|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2011 |
| While the buildings are falling apart and Umass could use....well...a new campus (with the exception of the new and shiny campus center), the education's of high quality. Some of the classes are huge, but you can get individual attention if you really want, as long as you're reasonable about what you're asking. Professors are great and approachable, most will take you seriously, but like in any school, there are some much hated profs here and there.|
Ross center for disability's great. I have the attention span of a 2 year old, so I get extra time on exams, and they're very accomodating and very friendly and nice about helping get the things you need.
The biology department's great. When you start taking courses at the sophomore/junior level, you start seeing the same people, professors included. And whether a professor knows you or not, they WILL help you. One of the cell bio professors (not mine) hooked me up with a microbio lab when I asked her if she had any lab positions open (and she didn't at the time).
It's really too bad the buildings are crappy though. UMB has great professors who work hard with what they have, which is often material that is old and falling apart in the labs. You get what you pay for I guess?
Parking sucks. Generally, don't drive if you don't have to. Getting a monthly pass on the T is much cheaper and the shuttle buses are there ALL the time. Nice system, really.Social life---yeah that part generally sucks. People work, have kids, deal with school. They don't have time for a social life or to hear you complain about the lack of partying on campus.
|Nov 16 2007|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2009 |