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Why I Chose UMass

Umass Amherst students walking on campus in the fall. Text: "Why I Chose UMass - Finding a place to call home

As an in-state student, it is pretty easy to guess some of the reasons why I chose to join the UMass family. Amherst is within driving distance from home; I was already comfortable and familiar with western Massachusetts since I have family out here; and, of course, nothing beats in-state tuition. However, as nice as it would have been, my college application process was not as straightforward as immediately knowing I wanted to go to UMass after my first visit.

Family Night in Amherst

UMass student and family eating out at an Amherst restaurant

Recently, my family came to visit me here in Amherst. They brought my uncle, who was visiting from Seattle, where he lives. My uncle doesn’t come too often so this was quite possibly the one time I was going to be able to show him around Amherst. All he knew about this town was that it’s tiny, quaint, and a little less than two hours from the big city of Boston. So, I took it upon myself to show him just how fun Amherst really is.

Blue Wall: Try it All!

Blue Wall Dining in the UMass Campus Center

New to the UMass dining experience? Don’t forget to utilize your dining plan and check out ALL of the choices offered at not only the four traditional dining halls, but the various other food options scattered around campus. One of the most popular options is Blue Wall, which is located in the heart of the Campus Center and offers several unique restaurants and markets that are sure to please anyone! Below is a detailed list of eateries located within Blue Wall and the types of intricate cuisine they offer students and guests alike!

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