UMass Amherst is the flagship public higher education campus in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, making a profound, transformative impact to the common good. Founded in 1863, we are the largest public research university in New England, distinguished by the excellence and breadth of our academic, research, and community outreach programs.
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The University of Massachusetts Amherst–the Commonwealth’s flagship public research university–is one of the nation's top research universities as measured by national and international rankings, academic citations, and research funding. Research and Engagement oversees the campus's research enterprise, working in conjunction with academic, government, and private partners to translate new knowledge and scientific discoveries into technical innovations.
Our CareerBlast event, the largest career fair in Western Massachusetts, had a record-breaking 1700 students and 130 employers in attendance.
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The mission of the Student Services Office is to provide friendly and reliable resource and service centers for residents, prospective students, parents and University staff. Student Services Student Staff members play a vital role in our department through their service to our UMass Amherst resident communities.
The Library welcomes gifts in all forms, including donations to the annual fund and endowments, planned gifts, sponsorships, and gifts of materials. We accept gifts by check (made out to "University of Massachusetts Amherst") and credit card, and we are also happy to help you set up recurrent giving through your debit card, make a planned gift, or give a gift of securities/stock.
The Center for Health Promotion (CHP) offers programs and events about health and well-being. We promote responsible decision-making regarding alcohol and other drug use, on campus and in the community. We are home to the BASICS program, MyStudentBody and support services for students in recovery. Peer Health Education and the Not Ready for Bedtime Players are part of CHP.
Campus Recreation, an integral part of the educational mission of the University of Massachusetts and Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life, provides comprehensive recreation and student development opportunities, as well as exceptional programs, services and facilities.
Research is widely encouraged with a wide diversity of labs studying different fields within Microbiology. Lots of friendly faculty willing to work with you and help you learn procedures or protocols not actively used in your home lab. Class structure and availability could use some work.
I really liked how invested both in teaching and n the students many of my professors were, this made my experience at UMASS much more enjoyable and meaningful.
Overall I would rate it positive. I've learned a lot while balancing work, academics, and a social life. Specifically within my department, I would suggest improvements to the project parts of several classes. Many of my courses right now have final projects that are so similar to each other, and it is repetitive.