preface this comment by saying I'm biased because I've had
a really bad experience here. I think UMass is an
adequate school with some good programs and some good people.
However, it can really work for some types of people
and really NOT work for other types of people.
LIFE— If you're an introverted, soft-spoken, sensitive kind of person,
do NOT go here. I had certain expectations on how
people would act here coming in, and they were really
unrealistic. It's been really hard for me to make friends
here because I'm not involved with anything and don't really
like the people in my dorm. I'm also not the
kind of person that meets people through classes usually. If
you want to make friends here, you have to be
really proactive about it and not be a person like
me. Also, the vibe I get from people here has
been really off-putting. Though I have met interesting people, the
overall atmosphere of the campus has kinda trumped that. I've
found people to be stand-offish, aggressive, and unwillingly to have
a real, stimulating conversation.
In saying all of this, I
think if you are an energetic, out-going person who is
not that influenced by their environment, you will be fine
here. There are definitely jocks and typical college girls, but
also a lot of cool people.
Dorms are adequate,
blah blah blah. I live in a pretty nice, quiet
one on the nerdy part of campus. I've heard dorms
in South West routinely have vomit somewhere on the floor
and are pretty noisy on weeknights, but I haven't experienced
it for myself. Food is probably above average quality, but
you get sick of eating in dining halls no matter
ACADEMICS— The classes and academics have been pretty decent.
I haven't taken any business or liberal arts classes besides
writing, but I've found the course work to be pretty
challenging. Regarding the faculty, all of my teachers have been
pretty good. However, I had an advisor who didn't answer
one of my emails about setting up a meeting and
I had to hunt him down at his office. Like
pretty much all big universities, UMass doesn't care about individual
students. But that doesn't mean you can't create relationships with
your professors. One bad thing about UMass is that it
doesn't seem to have a strong network of employers looking
for graduates. Career fairs only seem to have big companies
like CNN or Verizon. There's a lot of 'do it
yourself' here. This can be growth-inducing, but also an unnecessary
challenge, especially when you're paying 25k a year.
of Amherst and Northampton especially are pretty nice places with
a lot of things going on. There's also the 5-college
consortium, which allows you to take classes at top-notch small
liberal arts colleges. I grew up in this area and
have always really appreciated it. Downsides are that it's a
little pretentious and a little exclusive if you are not
white or asian.
I would recommend going here if you
don't really care where you're going to college/money constraints, OR
if you're majoring in Hospitality, Engineering, Nursing, or Business. Also
there is an awesome marching band.