University of Massachusetts - Amherst Reviews
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.