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PVTA Bus System

PVTA bus in downtown Amherst

Looking to get somewhere in the Amherst area quickly? Look no further than the Pioneer Valley’s own transit line! These buses run extremely frequently throughout the day to anywhere you could need to go in the Valley. However, the best part is that your ride is free with a valid Five College student ID.

How to Deal With Winter Weather at UMass

Winter at UMass Amherst

We're moving into that time of year now when snow becomes fairly common. When I first came to UMass, I didn’t realize how unprepared I was to face the snowstorms that we can experience here in Amherst. Even though I am from the area, my winter gear was still back home. Having experienced the best and worst firsthand, I'm here to offer some helpful tips to make it through those UMass snow days.

Best Floors in the Library

UMass library at sunset

The W. E. B. Du Bois Library is the largest public academic research library in all of Massachusetts, and the tallest university library in the world. It’s clear from the towering size of the library that it truly is something special. I consider the library to be the North Star of the UMass Amherst campus. If I’m ever lost or slightly confused about my location, I look to the library looming in the horizon to reorient myself. The library is so big, and has so many services that it’s impossible to take advantage of, or even know, all of them. So, I’m going to tell you about some of the coolest floors and services that the library has to offer.

It's Schedule-Making Season!

UMass Old Chapel and library at sunset

Right before Thanksgiving break, students choose classes for next semester. On Spire, you are given a time slot when you are available to enroll. This time is randomized, but varies depending on what year you are in and how many credits you have taken. Prior to actually enrolling in the classes, you are able to add them to your “shopping cart.” People do this to organize what classes they want to take so that, in the event they are unable to take a class they wanted, they have an back-up at hand to sign up for instead. It can be stressful figuring out what to take, especially if you’re an underclassman or if you have too many classes that you want to take in your "shopping cart."

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