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| My experience at UMass Lowell has been very poor. I started as a Biology major - I'm in the process of changing to Computer Science, but they won't let you officially change until you take a certain class. The Biology and Calculus professors I've had have been very friendly and easy to talk to outside of class, but my other classes I didn't feel very engaged (particularly chemistry). |
All the technical classes (math, science, engineering, etc.) take place on north campus which is very ugly unless you like the atmosphere of run-down city with sirens and gunshots. South campus is much prettier, which is where the music and social science majors have their classes. I've also noticed that the students you encounter on south campus are much friendlier and easier to approach where the north campus students walk around with their heads down looking at their cell phones and not acknowledging passerby. The most interesting part of going to north campus is walking across the bridge, which is an interesting view the first few times but becomes a frigid death march during the winter. Also, a couple weeks ago after the Super Bowl the path on the bridge was splattered with vomit which was fairly difficult to maneuver with the cramped size of the sidewalk (there are fences on both sides).
Living in Fox Hall is like living in a slum. The rooms are technically doubles which have had an extra desk, wardrobe, dresser, and bed crammed inside to convert it into a triple. During orientation we slept in the triples across the street in Leitch or Bourgeois which were twice as big, but almost all freshmen end up in Fox so I felt a little cheated. People of the same major are all placed on the same floor, which seemed like a good idea at first, but Biology majors are placed on the 9th floor right below the music majors so I get to listen to drums going day and night.
I've never had a problem with the food in Fox, though many of the freshman who eat there complain about it. There are virtually no vegetarian options aside from their questionable salad (though I did see them trying to serve fish as a "vegetarian" meal). Definitely get a meal plan which has enough River Hawk dollars to eat at Southwick Hall on north campus where the food is quite good. For reference when picking out a meal plan, the price of a ham & cheese with 3 toppings is $5.19.
The people in Fox can sometimes be very discourteous. The bathroom gets toilet papered about three times a week and sometimes the corridor gets mysteriously littered with smashed fruits. I do respect the very resilient cleaning crew, who manage to have the building back in respectable shape every single morning. The moral of the story is to shower, shave, and brush your teeth in the morning before the bathroom gets defaced.
I sometimes find myself wishing I could simply leave my dorm and go for a walk or anything really to get out of Fox Hall. It can be very inconvenient to get up or down the 9 floors between me and fresh air with the two slow elevators being shared between all 18 floors. I usually just use the stairs, as the elevator has been known to drop down a few floors at random. Even if it was easier to get outside, Lowell is just a really awful city. I sometimes stick around on north campus for a few hours after class just to avoid going back to my room. The library is a pretty nice area, as is the cafeteria in Southwick Hall. Needless to say, I'm transferring out next year. If anything good can be said about my UML experience, it's that I know nothing I encounter at my next school can be as bad as this.
|Feb 18 2012|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2016 |
| Ugh Everything here but the cleaning staff suck. They told me to change my major or quit because they will not help you. You need a calc 2 knowledge of math to even be taken seriously and if you go for help you get told you should stop partying even though this is NOT a party school. Nothing happens in Lowell, the dorms get set on fire and people get alcohol posioning. Don't expect to sleep or eat 'cause the food is ROTTEN, no really growing mold. |
|Jan 08 2012|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2015 |
| If you love music please spare your soul and stay away from this place. Almost everyone in my freshman music theory class had already taken the course, but this school demands you do it again in an ongoing effort to take your money. My theory teacher spent each day drawing out two scales for 50 minutes, and maybe turning them into triads... my aural skills teacher was a depressed and spiteful man. The school placed these classes at 8 am and grade by attendance, despite the fact that no one had the slightest musical opinion by the time they traveled the 30-40 minutes it takes to get there, in order to weed out student by student.. and many had already taken the exact same courses. I lucked out with my performance group, however most people had instructors that seemed very demotivating. I heard a story of one making a guitarist cry in the middle of a session. If you play a drum kit then your practice room is a closet shared with one or two other people, and its not very inspiring at all. Even though everyone on my floor (10th floor, Fox Hall) is a musician i have never played music with any of them for fun. Not only does the school make that completely inconvenient to do, but no one seems to enjoy actually playing music with each other. The private lessons are decent, about as good as any other private lesson i could've taken outside of school. My writing teacher was as quiet as a mouse in a room with an extremely loud air conditioner and giant computer monitors block your view every day, even though we never used them. I truly enjoyed one class, Intro to European Art Music, taught by the only person there I feel comfortable calling a professor, Dr. Tim Crain. He basically took every other subject i was taking and taught them all better in a simultaneous fashion. Good Man. if you are sharing a dorm room with 3 to 4 people then you might as well share an apartment, because it costs as much, and their housing is a terrible experience. The food will literally make you sick to your stomach. You will find nothing to do in Lowell. Going to Umass Lowell was the single most depressing experience i've ever dealt with. They are clearly spending all of the money they get on propaganda and more buildings to house more people in order to take their money. This place is more of a scam than a university. If your interest is music then STAY THE HELL OUT OF UMASS LOWELL. |
|Jan 05 2012|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2015 |