currently a freshman here, and I'm looking to transfer now.
I REALLY wanted to like it here, but I absolutely
hate the culture and the school itself. I'm also in
the Honors College.
First off, most people are here
because they didn't get in somewhere else they liked. Some
out of state students are different, but honestly most people
don't want to be here.
The social scene is
weird, to say the least. There are a few main
residential areas, which split the school up (not necessarily in
a good way). The stereotypes about each area are VERY
true (OHill - nerds, Southwest, trashy/ party all the time,
Central - all smoke weed, very hipster-y, Northeast - Asians/
engineers). I hate to say it, but it's very true.
I thought it would be a little different, but I
think each area is almost like a small school in
itself, so everyone becomes a lot alike. Which makes the
social scene VERY boring. If you fit into one of
those stereotypes (or are willing to) you'll be a little
better off socially. I don't fit in at all. The
Southwest (/UMass) uniform is uggs, Victoria's Secret PINK yoga pants,
and a north face fleece. The guys always wear their
pants too low and honestly just gross me out. It's
hard to make new friends here, both because it's so
big that you never run into people again, and because
a lot of people hang with friends from home.
As a somewhat preppy girl from a nice town, It's
hard to find people like me. Diversity is great, but
you need to have some people like you to make
As for academics, I cannot say enough
good things about my experience with the honors college. My
classes were small, I learned A LOT, and I loved
my professors. HOWEVER, my experiences with the non-honors classes (and
you cannot sign up for all honors classes) were terrible.
I had some good professors, but my math professor was
TERRIBLE. Even the good ones I had NO way to
contact. Everything was through TA's, they wouldn't even respond to
important emails. If you asked questions after class some of
them were rude and not helpful. It's easy to get
lost here, you are VERY much a number (your student
ID, in fact...I have never once been asked my name).
I am very independent and easily navigated through school. I've
always been a top student, but it's hard to navigate
The clubs, etc. are hard to join (I
honestly don't even know how to go about doing it).
The parties are disgusting (unless you're super trashy..which I don't
necessarily mean in a bad way...I just don't know how
else to describe it).
I'm having a pretty good
year this year, but I don't think I could last
4 years. The cops have also shut down most of
the party scene, and all the guys are gross anyway.
I have met some VERY nice people, and I'm glad
I came here this year (I've learned a lot, most
of it not academic) but I'm looking to transfer for
It's a shame, the school could be
really great and be a wonderful experience if the administration
tried to make campus seem a little smaller. Although there's
also not much of a work ethic here either, so
that's annoying. Slacking off is encouraged, and people think you're
weird if you work really hard.
So, if you're
okay with being a number and putting in A LOT
of effort into finding your way, AND you're in love
with PINK, too much makeup, hooking up with gross guys,
or are a super nerd or hipster, UMass is for
you. It's just definitely not for me.