University of Massachusetts - Amherst Reviews

  • 47 Reviews
  • Amherst (MA)
  • Annual Tuition: $34,570
93% of 47 students said this degree improved their career prospects
96% of 47 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Anonymous student
  • Reviewed: 12/19/2019
  • Degree: Allied Health
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"Terrible this is my second university. I had two classes to finish at my other university when I had to up root my family. There are no advisors to help with uww as far as getting a clear to sign up for classes and it's not straight forward. You want know what classes you need to sign up for or what number to put in to have it signed up if you have not used the system. Expect someone to over talk you tell you that you dont need help dispite never using their complicated online system and to be hung up on. They are very rude the receptionist mispronounced my name at least 5 times completely different and was completely confused by my simple requests. It's been the oddest experience I've never had just trying to get my classes put in for next semester. I'm contemplating leaving the college."
Teriin Lee
  • Reviewed: 11/22/2019
  • Degree: Hospitality Management
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"The University of Massachusetts Amherst has a great campus community, as well as a multitude of clubs and organizations to take part in. With the nation's #1 dining, it is a wonderful and supportive university to find the true college experience. With the Hospitality and Tourism Management track, students gain hands-on experience in the field with courses designed for practical application, such as managing, and being a part of a restaurant team. We were also given advice by professors' personal experiences in the field, which can be both enlightening and inspiring. The HTM department is now, also, in the New Isenberg building! Within Sociology, we find a wide array of interest and topics for classes. These subjects often opened my mind up to perspectives and considerations that I never acknowledged before."
Michael Hunt
  • Reviewed: 5/29/2019
  • Degree: Business
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"Fantastic experience. I can't say enough good things about this program and the faculty. Administration could be slow at times but I was always able to get any issue taken care of in the end. Faculty was very supportive and very knowledgeable. One professor who taught an entrepreneurship class was really great. The commitment that UMass has made to education and access has really paid off in my opinion. This is the best value for a highly regarded university I know of. The great reputation and great reviews are spot on. Would do it again in a heartbeat!"
Magdalene Mitaszka
  • Reviewed: 3/31/2019
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"UMASS Amherst was a great, affordable college experience that I would recommend to any Massachusetts residents. The academics are great, as is the on-campus life in general. Although it is a large campus, there are plenty of opportunities for more intimate learning and bonding with different study sessions and clubs. Amherst is a cute town and provides an environment for students to enjoy life outside of the classroom."
Leonardo Scheinkman
  • Reviewed: 3/19/2019
  • Degree: International Business
  • Graduation Year: 1998
"I went to the University of Massachusetts because I was able to play soccer there as well as study at a top university. As a student-athlete, I had a great experience playing but the best was attending the renowned Isenberg School of Management, a business innovation hub. I liked UMass Amherst for both the number and the depth of its programs. UMass offers a great environment to study and have extracurricular activities. Lately, UMass has quickly been climbing the rankings for all subject areas, especially business. I was aided in finding my courses of study by helpful academic advisors and I had flexibility of moving between majors and minors as I studied International Business with a minor in Sports Management and I also earned a Certificate in Latin American Studies. When I visited campus during my recruiting trip, I spoke with the professors from the School of Management department and was so excited by the many opportunities that the department offers. I also felt like western Massachusetts has a very different environment from where I live. Miamis metropolitan area can be very fast-paced and commuting daily can be intense. I was ready for a place thats a bit more laid-back, and Amherst totally fits the bill. Another important aspect is as far as absurdly expensive American universities goes, UMass Amherst is on the lower end on the spectrum of absurdity. Therefore, to sum up, UMass is a great school always a lot going on with many events. Food is amazing. Great campus and great bus system. Pretty much every store you could ever want to go to 5 minutes away. Library is awesome."
Michael Howard
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2018
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"UMass Amherst was an amazing experience. I obtained my degree online, but I never felt like I was cheated at all out of a great education. I feel like I received an amazing education and was supported all the way to the end. There was always someone there to help me either over the phone or through email. The teachers and other students were wonderful to work with and I feel the education that I received has prepared me for my journey through grad school and gave me the tools that I need to be successful."
Gabriel Invictus
  • Reviewed: 5/29/2018
  • Degree: Public Health
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"UMASS is consistently ranked around 75th, which I accepted for their MPH program even though I was more accustomed to much more highly ranked schools. My experience was the quality was extremely low, certainly the lowest that I've encountered in 20 years of higher education. First, the positives, the program chairperson was an unusually kind and thoughtful man; however, it appeared he had created neither quality nor consistency standards for the other instructors nor reviewed their work or qualifications. Half of my instructors were academically well qualified but either completely disinterested in teaching, incompetent at teaching or both. The courses were designed and delivered in ways that were completely inconsistent with graduate education in anyone of half-a-dozen other schools where I've completed classes or worked. The staff member managing the program when I was there had never been to a school other than UMASS (a large public state university) but claimed her courses were the same quality as the Ivy Leagues. Having studied at numerous Ivy Leagues, this statement and perception was extraordinarily incorrect and ill-informed. They were allergic to feedback, extremely defensive, unprofessional, and rude. Moreover, looking around online at the various sites that allow students to rate their professors with specific scoring rubrics and explanations, it appears no one at UMASS ever checked these before hiring their instructors because some of those UMASS has even put into leadership positions have specific, factual, horrific reviews over years -- one case an instructor leading one program has ONLY ever received negative reviews. I don't know how competitive UMASS was to get into; however, my feedback would be that until the whole curricula, personnel, and pedagogy is over-hauled and organized, I would only attend UMASS if you have no other choice."
  • Reviewed: 4/10/2018
  • Degree: Health Sciences
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"UMass Amherst is a great school to attend. I decided this major late, and the undergraduate advisor was so helpful. She told me all the classes I needed to take and was always there to help with any questions. She never made me feel like a burden. Would recommend this major to other!"
Carolyn Palmer
  • Reviewed: 9/9/2017
  • Degree: Chemistry
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"My experience at UMass Amherst was incredibly well rounded. My instructors were extremely dedicated to teaching not only about the class the were teaching but also about relevant material from the industry and their labs. Studying chemistry at any institution is challenging in and of itself but having the instructors and lab resources that were offered to us at UMass set the bar for preparing me for a future in STEM."
Kristina Ellmore
  • Reviewed: 6/13/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"At the University of Massachusetts, the paths to success are endless. I had the opportunity to study in the school of nursing, and I can honestly say they preparation I received put me miles ahead of my peers when starting my career. Small class sizes, professors invested in our futures, and all the resources we need to be successful within the walls of this beautiful campus."
Jacqueline Mackechnie
  • Reviewed: 5/6/2017
  • Degree: Environmental Science
  • Graduation Year: 2009
"Phenomenal diversity of people and thought. Worked on campus in legal services, best experience of my college career to meet new students each semester on internships. It shaped my openness to others opinions, lifestyles and aspirations. I did not live on campus but this kept me close to the culture and everyday life of UMass"
Justin Timlin
  • Reviewed: 3/28/2017
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"A large research institute with a concentrations in anything (you can create your own major) and everything, University Of Massachusetts is what you make it. The benefits of going to Umass is that if you are ever bored, it's your own fault. I myself was fortunate to win the Umass Innovation challenge, and by doing so won the seed money for my first company. This is just one example out of the many resources that, if you take advantage of, can change your life. No one is going to hold your hand, but the opportunity you want is there."
Robin Petrillo
  • Reviewed: 3/27/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"UMass Amherst has left me beyond satisfied with the education I have received. With my degree of concentration I was provided the opportunity to build relationships with highly esteemed professors, who have helped me exponentially with advice for my future. Even though it is a large school I never felt I was unable to build relationships with my professors, compared to other large schools. I always felt I had someone to go to during a time of high stress and they were there to help with open arms and insightful advice. It had provided me with an amazing undergraduate education that has definitely prepared me for graduate studies and for the workforce. I would definitely recommend UMass Amherst to prospective students as an amazing option. One of the things I have liked most about UMass is the amazing people it brought into my life and the lifelong friendships I now have from my undergraduate career."
Marc Bader
  • Reviewed: 3/1/2017
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"The University of Massachusetts at Amherst is a terrific university to attend, I would recommend it to anyone that I know. Career services and the writing service have both helped me make a pristine resume and personal statement for which I used to apply to my graduate school. Try have also helped on numerous occasions for me to try and apply for jobs and decide what career I wanted to go in. The courses as well are easy to choose from by using their online system. Courses are what you would expect them to be, your result will be the effort that you put in for the class. It is quite easy to make connections with professors at this school, even though there are many students attending. Creating a niche and making a few friends in the same boat as you is also a lot easier than it seems for most people in college, my recommendation would be to try and make friends early on in freshman year, that's when everyone is most open to having all sorts of friends and giving everyone a chance. Housing is also made simple by using their online website, and there are many different locations to choose from depending on your life style. Security is also high on the list at this university, individuals can walk around campus at all hours and feel protected. Transportation to classes is not the easiest if you're relying on public transportation. The busses are ran by the PVTA and they only make stops on the main roads, so to get to the bus stops would be a decent walk from any on campus housing facility. None the less, they still bring you relatively close to classes. Besides the academics, the food on campus ranks as #1 by the Princeton Review for all colleges and universities around the country. Overall, I would give the school 4.5 stars out of 5. The only major thing there is to concern yourself with is the Massachusetts weather, one day it could be 70 degrees while the next could be 40, that is the only thing I haven't really figured out here myself. I would recommend this university to everyone I know."
  • Reviewed: 2/4/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"If you're thinking of going to UMass, look no further! It was an incredible community to be a part of and the variety of activities and opportunities to get involved both on and off campus paralleled the academics. I wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else!"
Evgenia Plaka
  • Reviewed: 2/4/2017
  • Degree: Physics
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"Great school, and it is getting better every year. It is already expanding and focusing on improving their education and resources. Really good professors who care about students and actually are very willing to help them. They try to keep their valuable students in school by helping them financially, as well as academically. A lot of resources and a lot of admin willing to help."
Marjorie A.
  • Reviewed: 2/4/2017
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a city in itself. Although the school may be lacking in the diversity department, it provides great opportunities to get involved and find a niche amongst the large population of students. There are over 300 clubs to join to cater to the interests of many, including activities such as Quidditch. The institution is known for being a research institution. As a microbiology student I was highly exposed to research fundamentals and participated in a large array of projects. For those who are interested in STEM and obtaining hands on experience, UMass is the right place. However, the large volume of classes are not very conducive to classroom learning which means that most of your learning will have to be outside of class. Overall I would recommend this university to any student who is on the search of obtaining quality education while saving money on tuition. This university has provided me not only with hands on experience in my field but has exposed me to different cultures from the cultural registered student organizations on campus. If you do decide to attend this university I highly recommend getting out of your comfort zone and joining a cultural registered organization."
Zachary Plourde
  • Reviewed: 12/5/2016
  • Degree: Chemistry
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"In attending UMass Amherst for my undergraduate degree, I not only benefited from the professors, programs and courses from UMass but also from the 5 surrounding private schools in the area. Being a student in one of the 5 schools allows you to take classes at the other for no extra charge. Also I benefited in regards to my degree due to the abundance of resources my school had to offer. New laboratory buildings were being built during my undergraduate experience, making my class the first to work in the new environment. The campus is constantly improving itself. Beyond the academics, living at UMass Amherst was wonderful due to the 5 start dining quality UMass Amherst is known for. I highly recommend everyone visit and consider becoming a Minuteman!"
Chandree C.
  • Reviewed: 11/22/2016
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"UMass Amherst is the flagship campus of the UMass family and has some of the most advanced research technologies in the US. For those considering a career in STEM, UMass Amherst is a fantastic place for research. If you're looking for a large school with a lot of history and character, with students from all walks of life, with a diverse selection of courses and fields of study, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst is one to surely consider."
John-Mark Unsworth
  • Reviewed: 7/28/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"I absolutely loved studying Psychology at the University of Massachusetts. I started out keenly interested in pursuing a career in psychology but my studies opened me up to the formerly unknown world of science and clinical studies. I was able to participate in many studies and make many connections. I fell in love with science and switched onto the premed track, learning about Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Organic Chemistry. My time at Umass changed my loves and my interests and put me onto a new career path. I am hoping to gain admission to medical school and one day become and ER physician. I owe much thanks and credit to Umass for its formation in my passions and goals, and its help in shaping me as a person and a life-long student."