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Undergraduate Admissions


We're delighted that you are interested in visiting UMass Amherst! Below you will find information about planning your visit and traveling to campus.

Campus Tours & Info Sessions

UMass Amherst Undergraduate Admissions offers in-person campus tours and first-year admissions information sessions throughout the week. Our tours and information sessions offer students and families the opportunity to learn more about life at UMass Amherst and our first-year application process.


More Ways to Meet UMass

We can't wait to meet you! Our student tour guides, admissions counselors, and academic partners are eager to answer your questions and guide you through the admissions process. 

Check out our in-person and online events for opportunities where you can interact, ask questions, and learn all about the UMass Amherst experience.

Group Tours

UMass Amherst Undergraduate Admissions offers group tours to high schools, community-based organizations and community colleges that work with students at the 9th-grade level and above.

To request a group tour (10-60 students) for your high school group, community-based organization or community college, please see the schedule linked below. Space is extremely limited, so it is recommended to schedule a group tour well in advance. Groups are also welcome to visit UMass at any time and tour campus on their own


UMass Campus Vista

Amherst is known as one of the top college towns in North America! The town really has it all, and it will be your home as a UMass Amherst student.

Meet Our Tour Guides

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Tour Guide Ally

Ally '24 (she/her)

Hometown: Boxborough, Massachusetts

Double Major: Kinesiology and Public Health (Pre-Medical)

Activities and Involvement:  UMass CHAARG, Pre-Medical Society, Behavioral Medicine Lab, Kinesiology Club, Public Health Club

What is your favorite tour stop?: My favorite tour stop is the Dining stop in front of the Worcester Dining Commons. I love seeing prospective students get excited about trying our #1 dining, and I like to see how shocked they are when I tell them that we have 52 dining locations across campus (they usually only guess about 7 or 8). Also, it is awesome to be able to reassure people that even with a food allergy or dietary restriction they will be more than happy here at UMass. The gluten free chocolate chip cookies are the best cookie ever... please don't tell my Mom. 

I chose UMass Amherst because it is the best of both worlds. Here I am able to create my own small-school feel while also being part of a larger community at a world-class university. There are so many resources available to me as a student, and every faculty member I have come across is supportive and wants me to succeed. I switched majors three times in just one semester, and UMass made that process seamless and easy, allowing me to explore my interests and learn from other perspectives. I could go on and on about how much I love UMass, so if you have any questions, I would love to talk to you! 

UMass tour guide with a hand on her hip

Bella ‘24 (she/her)

Hometown: West Tisbury, Massachusetts

Double Major: Journalism and Psychology

Activities and Involvement: The Daily Collegian, Boxing

UMass Hidden Gem: My UMass hidden gem is South College — the perfect place to study!

Tour Guide Brian

Brian '23 (he/him)

Hometown: Merion Station, Pennsylvania

Major: Kinesiology on Pre-Athletic Training Track; Minor: Psychology

Activities and Involvement: Club Gymnastics, UMass Dance Company, Student Panelist for Diversity in School of Public Health & Health Sciences, Vice President & Social Media Chair for Club Gymnastics, Research Assistant in MOCA Kinesiology Lab  

Favorite UMass tradition: I love Homecoming weekend! There are a bunch of activities and events around campus set up and it is so exciting to see all the alumni return and tailgating and see how happy everyone is to be at UMass. 

I’m originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia and even though leaving was a bit scary, I could not have been happier once I got onto campus. Outside of academics I love gymnastics/dance, listening to music, hiking, and eating the #1 dining with friends.  I’m always glad to answer any questions about kinesiology, clubs, being an out-of-state-student, or even just a friendly face on campus!

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Brianna '24 (she/her)

Hometown: Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Major: Marketing

Favorite food at one of the dining commons: Avocado and cucumber sushi

UMass quickly opened my eyes to things I am passionate about ranging from diversity and inclusion to sports fan engagement. Through joining a RAP my first year and connecting with other students at club events I was able to find my footing and make a home at UMass. It seems like almost every day UMass offers a new opportunity to expand your future.

UMass tour guide smiling at the camera in a gray turtleneck sweater

Caroline '23 (she/her)

Hometown: Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Double Major: Psychology and BDIC in Child Healthcare and Family Studies

Favorite UMass Tradition: My favorite UMass tradition is Homecoming weekend. My first year I got to walk in the parade with one of the RSOs I’m in and it was so fun to walk through town with my friends and show our UMass spirit! 

I can honestly say that I could not have chosen a better school! I was quite nervous at first because I never pictured myself at a school as big as UMass, but with a big school comes a huge number of wonderful professors and students to meet and learn from, and I’m so happy that I chose UMass! I truly believe that everyone can find a place within the UMass Amherst community. There are so many opportunities for people with all kinds of interests and it’s so easy to feel at home here. Go UMass! 

UMass tour guide in grey t shirt smiling at camera with arms behind back

Chris '24 (he/him)

Hometown: Winthrop, Massachusetts

Major: Finance

Why did you choose UMass?: I chose UMass because I knew I wanted to attend a large school that was also affordable for my family and me. Although I wasn’t completely sure about UMass at first, after going on a tour of the campus with an incredible tour guide, I was sold not only on the school but the tour guide position as well! The campus was so lively, and our incredible dining certainly sold my family and me on the school. 

I started my UMass experience virtually. The university has done a great job trying to integrate new students with each other and the school itself, but it's great to now  be in Western Massachusetts and experience even more of what UMass has to offer.

UMass tour guide standing in front of city buildings

Colin ‘24 (he/him)

Hometown: Grafton, Massachusetts

Major: Biology on the Pre-Physician Assistant Track Minor: Spanish

Activities and Involvement: Research Assistant in the Downes Lab, Pre-Physician Assistant Club, Teaching Assistant for Honors Introductory Biology, Intramural Sports, BioTAP RAP, Commonwealth Honors College

UMass Hidden Gem: If you stand on the Morrill Science Center bridge as the sun is setting, you get a beautiful unobstructed view of the center of campus with a classic UMass sunset in the background. It makes for some great pictures!

UMass tour guide in a yellow shirt leaning against a tree

Daniela ‘25 (she/her)

Hometown: Bronx, New York

Major: Kinesiology on a Physical Therapy Track Minor: Psychology Certificate: Medical Humanities

Activities and Involvement: Kinesiology Club, Association of Women in STEM

UMass Hidden Gem: I think a UMass hidden gem is the Rooftop Courtyard in the John W. Olver Design Building! It is such a beautiful and peaceful place to study or even just spend some time with your friends!

Smiling UMass tour guide

Dilan '24 (he/him)

Hometown: Burlington, Massachusetts

Double Major: Economics and Political Science Minors: Math and French

Activities and Involvement: Student-Assistant Coordinator of Co-Curricular Events and Programs for the Honors College, Honors College Student Advisory Board, Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Department of Resource Economics, UMass Minuteman Marching Band, UMass Pep Band (Hoop and Ice Band)

UMass Hidden Gem: My favorite UMass hidden gem is not so much hidden as it is overlooked: the marching band practice fields are where I spend most of my fall semesters, and I couldn’t love them any more. All semester long, you are guaranteed to witness the most stunning sunsets over the fields during every single rehearsal. Even when cold weather makes your instrument freeze to your lips, or rain makes the grass into a slip-and-slide, the stunning sunsets will always melt your woes and warm your soul. The fields are open to students all year long, and aspiring band members are invited to any rehearsal they want to observe, so I sincerely hope that every visitor takes advantage of these amazing views.

Smiling UMass tour guide

Divya ‘25 (she/her)

Hometown: Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Double Major: Psychology on the Neuroscience Track and BDIC in Human Pathophysiology

Activities and Involvement: UMass Jazba Bolly-Bhangra Dance Team, House Council Secretary for Cance Hall, South Asian Students Association

UMass Hidden Gem: The John Olver Design Building is gorgeous! It makes sense that architecture classes are held there, because the building itself is beautifully designed. There's a big common area with large "stair seats" that are perfect for studying, having dance practice, or just hanging out! It also houses the Post and Bean Café that serves up the best coffee. Most of all, there is a BEAUTIFUL scenic rooftop deck on top of the building that is only a few sets of stairs away!

UMass tour guid in a grey t shirt standing in front of flowers

Eli ‘25 (he/him)

Hometown: Alameda, California

Major: Sport Management

Activities and Involvement: Member of the Isenberg RAP, McCormack Student Leaders Club, McCormack Strategy and Analytics Club

Why did you choose UMass?: I chose UMass for a wide range of reasons, but the biggest reason I chose it was to have the opportunity to be a part of the most prestigious and best Sport Management department in the country. After taking part in the summer program that the department puts on every year, I knew I wanted to be in the McCormack Department for my undergraduate years. Two tour guides who also are Sport Management majors were kind enough to talk to me before I officially made my college decision and their enthusiasm about the department, the tour guide job, and UMass as a whole solidified my choice to come to UMass.

Tour Guide Ella

Ella '23 (she/her)

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Major: Journalism Minors: Political Science, Sustainable Community Development

Activities and Involvement: The Massachusetts Daily Collegian, Women's Club Volleyball Team

Favorite UMass Tradition/Event: Before I came to UMass, I had never been to a hockey game. Now, game nights reign supreme! The atmosphere (and ice cream) in Mullins can’t be beat and usually neither can we! 

As someone with a hometown across the country from Amherst, the decision to come to UMass was not an easy one. I entered UMass an exploratory student worried about never finding a major in the vastness of the school… and I can say with great confidence that it is because of such vastness that I have not only found a major, but a passion for what I study! Due to the course and major flexibility, the immense amount of student resources, and the extensive opportunities for student engagement, I found a home (super far) away from home. UMass is a game-changer, and I cannot imagine myself anywhere else.

UMass tour guide smiling at the camera in a black sleeveless top, standing in front of trees

Emily '24 (she/her)

Hometown: Haverhill, Massachusetts

Majors: Community Education, Spanish

I knew UMass was the school for me when I went on my older brother’s tour when I was only a freshman in high school. I just fell in love with the people, the campus, and the overall atmosphere. I started my first year of college during a global pandemic and I was still able to have an amazing first semester. UMass truly cares for their students and they still provided me with every opportunity during the strange time. Just another reason why UMass is the best!

Tour Guide Evan

Evan '23 (he/him)

Hometown: Cumberland, Rhode Island

Major: Biomedical Engineering 

Activities and Involvement: House Council, intramural sports

Favorite UMass Food: My favorite food is the chicken sandwich from Worcester dining hall. My friends and I would always get these on Friday nights before the hockey games, and it was my favorite meal. 

I lived on campus in Northeast my first year, and I am currently off campus in an apartment this year. I love it here at UMass and I am excited to be back on campus and taking classes in person as soon as possible.

Tour Guide Fayobomi

Fayobomi '24 (she/her)

Hometown: Ondo, Nigeria

Double Major: Marketing and Communications Minor: Psychology

Activities and Involvement: Women of Isenberg Conference, HerCampus, SoulTV, Apple, Peer Advisor

I chose UMass because I always knew I wanted to go to a big school, I knew I would feel good knowing I would get to see different faces each day, and the fact that I was going to have so many opportunities to get involved and really understand who I truly was. Being here at UMass was one of the best decisions I could have ever made. Being an international student is honestly not the easiest thing, but I found a community that I loved, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Your college experience is what you make it and it’s okay if everyone has different experiences; you just have to do you and I promise everything will turn out good. If you ever have any questions or want to have a listen to my afrobeat playlist, let me know!

Tour Guide Isabella

Isabella '23 (she/her)

Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona

Major: Nursing; Certificate in Spanish & Health

Activities and Involvement: Greek Life (Chi Omega), For the Kids, Student Nurses' Association

UMass Hidden Gem: My UMass hidden gem is the Durfee Conservatory, right in the heart of campus. While walking between classes in the winter, I would stop by the greenhouse to warm up and enjoy the little jungle tucked away near the Franklin Dining Commons. 

Although I may be far from home, UMass Amherst really is the most amazing home away from home! It is easy to make UMass feel small by getting involved in the various communities within the school, while also maintaining the school pride and camaraderie of a big school. Oh...and the food is crazy good. 

Tour Guide Jariah

Jariah '23 (she/her)

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Major: Accounting; Minor: Spanish

Activities and Involvement: Isenberg Diversity & Inclusion Student Council, Beta Alpha Psi, Cru, Advancement of Diversity in Busines

Favorite UMass food: Definitely the ramen! Always fresh and delicious. 

Every second that I’ve been at UMass has been exciting! The friendships, clubs, FOOD, and endless opportunities have opened my eyes. Coming from across the country was difficult at first, but I’ve been able to navigate my different interests and find my place on campus.

Tour Guide Jen

Jennifer '23 (she/her)

Hometown: Wilbraham, Massachusetts

Major: Nursing

Activities and Involvement: Member of the Commonwealth Honors College, President Elect of the Student Nurse Association, UMass Ski & Board Club, Intramural Volleyball & Field Hockey, Genetics RAP

Favorite UMass food: Eggplant and quinoa parmesan from Hampshire dining hall!...Trust me, it’s delicious.

Being from Western Mass, I know the feeling of going to school close to home, but I feel like I am in my own bubble up in Amherst. I love going to school in an area populated by students from four other colleges, there's an endless supply of people to meet! When I'm not on tour you can find me painting, watching Spanish dramas, or finding ANY reason to go out and dance. Go UMass!

UMass tour guide in a black jacket and white shirt with trees and sunset in the background

Jibrael '25 (he/him)

Hometown: North Bergen, New Jersey

Major: Sport Management

Activities and Involvement: Association of Diversity in Sport, McCormack Sport and Analytics, Laboratory for Inclusion and Diversity in Sport, Mentee for the Boston Celtics for Corporate Partnerships

Why did you choose UMass?: I chose UMass because they wanted me for me, and they accepted what I did inside and outside of the classroom! I am really glad I ended up coming here!

Jillian Tour Guide

Jillian '23 (she/her/hers)

Hometown: Lexington, Massachusetts

Double Major: Marketing and Psychology

Activities and Involvement: Marketing Club, Women in Business, Resident Assistant, and intramural sports

My favorite UMass tradition: The lobster and steak that we get on Halloween night. Lobster is one of my favorite foods, so this night is honestly the best. Also, a little advice since you can only get one lobster, have a lot of vegan and vegetarian friends, so that you can get their tickets and get even more lobster.

Besides being a part of a few clubs on campus and making intramural sports teams with my friends, I love to read, binge watch tv shows, and bake. Being at UMass is never a dull moment with all of its different classes, organizations, and activities. I have met so many great people while studying here and I can’t wait for my next few years ahead of me.

UMass tour guide smiling in a blue jacket

Jonathan “JC” '25 (he/him)

Hometown: Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Major: Marketing, Pre-Law Track

Activities and Involvement: Vice President of Gorman/Wheeler House Council, Students for Justice in Palestine, Daily Collegian

Why did you choose UMass?: After feeling the dynamic energy and enthusiasm on campus when touring UMass, I was convinced that UMass was the right place for me. Whether it be academics, social life, or working on teams I've always felt so supported and at home here because everyone wants to see each other succeed. UMass checks all of the boxes and more because each and everything on campus puts a cherry on top of the sundae: whether it be #1 dining nationwide, a very involved and stimulated student body, or the various academic pathways, which I myself am taking advantage of on the pre-law track. UMass offers the ultimate experience and journey for students looking to make the most of college.

Joshua Tour Guide

Joshua '23 (he/him/his)

Hometown: Swampscott, Massachusetts

Double Major: Microbiology (pre-med track) and Portuguese

Activities and Involvement: President of the Alpha Beta chapter of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, inc, Doo Wop Shop member, Multicultural Greek Council Executive Board Member, BrASA member, Commonwealth Honors College member

Favorite UMass food: Pupusas from Hampshire Dining Commons

I am a first-generation Brazilian-Surinamese student. I chose UMass because there are so many different opportunities here for me to take advantage of; I get to trailblaze my own path.

UMass tour guide

Julia '23 (she/her)

Hometown: Verona, New Jersey

Major: Biomedical Engineering Minor: Math

Activities and Involvement: Commonwealth Honors College, Club Water Polo, Alpha Phi Omega (Service Fraternity), Society of Women Engineers, Biomedical Engineering Society, Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant

UMass hidden gem: Rausch Mineral Gallery in the Morrill Science Center is definitely a hidden gem on campus (pun intended). It’s a really great place to stop by between classes, or to go see with friends. There are tons of cool minerals, rocks, and fossils to look at!

When I was looking at colleges, I did not have a complete picture of what I wanted. I looked at all types of schools--big, small, domestic, international, liberal arts, and STEM. The only thing I knew was that I wanted a school that showed how they really cared about their students and I found that at UMass. From the majors offered, the student clubs to join, and the events UMass organizations put on, I felt that UMass truly cared about the success of their students. UMass has become my home away from home. Go UMass!

UMass tour guide in a black floral dress turning and smiling at the camera

Julia '23 (she/her)

Hometown: Princeton, New Jersey

Double Major: Food Science and Plant and Soil Sciences

UMass hidden gem: One of my favorite spots on campus is the Durfee Conservatory. Although very unassuming on the outside, if you step in you’ll find a greenhouse brimming with plant life. It’s nice and warm so a great escape from the chilly Massachusetts winter.

One thing I loved about coming to UMass was that I could move to another state. UMass was the perfect distance, not too far and not too close. I originally came in on the exploratory track but ended up taking some awesome general education classes where I learned what I was passionate about. Outside of class I’m a part of the Food Science club and UMass Hydro. It’s awesome to be studying food and go to a school with number one dining. Get a taste of that! 

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Julia '23 (she/her)

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Favorite UMass food: Unfortunately I only got one full semester eating at the dining halls but some of my favorite food is from UMass.
My favorite food at the dining halls was the pot stickers. My friends and I would check the menus every day just to see if they had pot stickers before we would go

What makes UMass so special to me is all of the amazing students and professors that push you to be your best self every single day. Going to college can be scary, but UMass makes everyone feel at home with the perfect balance of a great student life and academics.

Tour Guide Kaylyn Carlucci

Kaylyn '23 (she/her)

Hometown: Lunenburg, Massachusetts

Major: Nutrition, Dietetics Track Minor: Psychology

Activities and Involvement: UMass Nutrition Association (Secretary), CHAARG (Small Group Leader), Education Club, Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Diggity Dogs (part-time trainer)

Favorite UMass food: Freshly ground peanut butter right from the machine...nothing compares!

I have plans to become a registered dietitian with potential specialties in eating disorders, sports nutrition, gastroenterology, and/or pediatric nutrition (the possibilities are endless at this point). My hobbies include eating peanut butter out of the jar, getting lost on hikes (shout out to Robert Frost trail in Amherst), and taking pictures of my cats and dogs. I’ve also always wanted to be a high school science or health teacher. 

UMass tour guide in a maroon sweat shirt standing in front of the business school

Kyle '25 (he/him)

Hometown: Taunton, Massachusetts

Why did you choose UMass?: UMass was never really on my radar until I began researching good business schools around my junior year. I had always wanted to leave New England for college, but when I eventually came to visit some older friends of mine on the UMass campus, I just got a gut feeling that UMass was made for me. From the amazing campus, the even more amazing food, the social scene, the D1 athletics, and not to mention the great business program, UMass has everything I ever wanted in a college experience and more.

I am beyond excited to be in Amherst! I am currently an undecided business major in the Isenberg School of Management.  I was super involved in high school and cannot wait to explore all of what UMass has to offer. In my free time, I love listening to music (anything from rap to country even to some Portuguese music), hanging out with friends, and doing just about anything outdoors. 

UMass tour guide

Lara '23 (she/her)

Hometown: Taunton, Massachusetts

Double Major: Marketing and Political Science 

Activities and Involvement: Women in Business Blog Chair, UMass Brazilian-American Student Alliance (BrASA) Liaison, Admissions Diversity Fellow

Favorite tour stop: My favorite tour stop is the library! There is so much to talk about and it always causes jaws to drop when you say how many floors there are. All of the floors are so unique and there is always something for everyone! This also tends to be where you hear “Go UMass!” from passing students.

During my college search I knew business was the field I was looking to go into but I wanted to go somewhere that I would have opportunities beyond business. UMass was a great match and I was able to find my community quickly through my RAP and the clubs I joined my first year at UMass!

Tour Guide Laura

Laura '23 (she/her)

Hometown: Wayne, New Jersey

Major: Marketing Minor: Psychology 

Activities and Involvement: Women in Business, Isenberg Marketing Club, Habitat for Humanity

Favorite tour stop: Study Away/Study Abroad stop, because UMass has so many opportunities from the 5 College Consortium to studying in all seven continents with over 400 international programs. I personally am really interested in studying abroad and knowing that UMass has so many opportunities is one of the many reasons I came here.

Hi!! My name is Laura Balinski, and I am marketing major with a psychology minor. Like most college students I changed my major, so I came into UMass Amherst as an Economics major and later transferred my sophomore year into the Isenberg School of Management. Being from New Jersey I can still say that UMass has truly become my second home. Go UMass!

UMass tour guide studying in a hammock, smiling at camera

Lizzie ‘25 (she/her)

Hometown: East Longmeadow, Massachusetts

Double Major: Linguistics and Communication Disorders

Activities and Involvement: Commonwealth Honors College, Period Movement, UMass Permaculture Initiative, Outing Club

UMass Hidden Gem?: Greeno Sub Shop! Located in the basement of Greenough Hall in Central Residential Area, Greeno Sub Shop makes the best grilled cheese sandwich at UMass. Along with Greeno, UMass has a number of completely student run businesses, all of which serve amazing food and are run by your peers (which makes it that much cooler). The menu and atmosphere of Greeno is just the best, and is 100% worth walking up the hill for.

Tour Guide Maahi

Maahi '23 (she/her)

Hometown: Delhi, India

Double Major: Computer Science and Psychology

Activities and Involvement: Research Assistant - College of Natural Sciences, Delta Kappa Delta Sorority Inc, Google Student Developer Club, Peer Lead - College of Natural Sciences, Tennis Club

UMass hidden gem: One of my favorite places to study is the 2nd floor patio of the Life Science Building. It looks out onto campus and has a big deck with chairs. In the spring, the sun shines onto the patio and it’s the perfect place to study with peace and a slight breeze. 

I am an international student from India but I have spent most of my life in Phoenix, Arizona. I initially came into UMass as a Psychology major and then in my second semester applied to CICS as a computer science major. I like studying at a large university like UMass because the opportunities are endless.

Tour Guide Marie

Marie '23 (she/her)

Hometown: Medway, Massachusetts

Double Major: Operations & Information Management and Public Health; Minor: Psychology

Activities and Involvement: UMass Ski & Board Club, Isenberg Honors Council, Thriving in Life RAP

UMass hidden gem: Whitmore Cafe in the Whitmore Administration building has the BEST make-your-own salads and wraps. 

I’m the 13th member of my family and one of 23 members of my high school graduating class to come to UMass. I was worried that I was following in their footsteps, but UMass has so many opportunities that every single student has a totally unique experience. I am loving my time at UMass and couldn’t be happier about the people I’ve met, the classes I’ve taken, and all the activities I’ve participated in. 

Matt Bird Tour Guide

Matt '23 (he/him/his)

Hometown: ​Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Double Major: ​Psychology and Biochemistry

Activities and Involvement: Sleep neuroscience research lab, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Pre-Medical Society, Surf Club, Spikeball Club

Favorite UMass event: Hockey games!!!

I am on the pre-medical track, and in the Commonwealth Honors College. When I am not giving tours I am either working as a research assistant in the sleep neuroscience lab, spending time with my fraternity brothers, or hitting the beach with UMass Surf Club.

Tour Guide Mike

Mike '23 (he/him)

Hometown: Somerset, Massachusetts

Double Major: Civil Engineering and Marketing

Activities/ Involvement: Club Rugby, Marketing Club, Brother of Delta Sigma Pi

Favorite UMass tradition: Halloween steak and lobsters. I remember walking into Hampshire Dining Commons on Halloween in pure amazement, as the dining hall was covered in Harry Potter decorations and the aroma of mouth-watering surf and turf floated down to the entrance.

At first a hesitant commit, I am now a full-blown UMass enthusiast! The seemingly massive campus has allowed me to carve out bubbles that truly make me feel at home. UMass is an amazing place to learn and provides each student with unique opportunities to pursue even their most obscure interests. No matter who you are or where you’re from, UMass has a group or activity that will help you call it home.

Tour Guide Nai

Naicha '24 (she/her)

Hometown: Taunton, Massachusetts

Major: Psychology Neuroscience Track 

Activities and Involvement: STEM Ambassador Program

Favorite UMass event: UMass Blackout Cookout is a great way for different, diverse communities to come together and showcase cultural dances, songs, foods, etc. and celebrate heritage and each other’s uniqueness on a bigger scale. 

My name is Naicha, but people call me Nai for short. I am a first-year psychology major on the neuroscience track looking to add on a criminal justice certificate. I am a part of StemAP, which is a great way to get connected to students with like-minded interest, and learn more about the opportunities to be taken advantage of after college. In my free time, I love to listen to music, edit videos for fun, and I am currently working on knitting a queen size blanket (lol)! 

Tour Guide Baird

Phil '23 (he/him)

Hometown: Princeton, Massachusetts

Major: Geography 

Activities and Involvement: Club Tennis (B TEAM represent!), Outing Club

UMass hidden gem: The field behind Sylvan. Freshman year my friends and I would go there for sunsets or to play spikeball/kanjam. It’s a beautiful field and there’s a big tree with a swing and we would set up our hammocks on the branches. We call it “Duck Pond”, but there are neither ducks nor a pond. It’s very quiet because it’s a bit of a walk from anywhere except Sylvan.

I transferred to UMass halfway through my freshman year and love being out in Amherst! One of my favorite things about UMass is the hockey games. I love waiting in line outside the Mullins Center hours before the games start to make sure we get good seats in the student section right near the amazing Ice Band. I know it’s very cliche to hear when talking about college, but after going to a small school prior to transferring to UMass, this saying has really stuck with me; you can make a big school feel small but you can’t make a small school feel big. Go UMass!

UMass tour guide headshot with greenery in the background

Sophia ‘24 (she/her)

Hometown: Lexington, Massachusetts 

Major: Computer Science Major, Psychology Concentration

Activities and Involvement: UMass Dance Club, UMass Ski and Board (Board Member), Women in Computer Science

UMass Hidden Gem: Harry Potter themed bathroom

Headshot of UMass tour guide dressed in red

Tamara ‘25 (she/her)

Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon 

Major: Exploratory Track in the College of Natural Sciences

Activities and Involvement: Arab Cultural Association; Center for Education, Policy, and Advocacy; Research

UMass Hidden Gem: Morrill Science center has an amazing hidden crystal exhibit that I always visit after class.

UMass tour guide smiling in front of trees and greenery

Tasneem '23 (she/her)

Hometown: Monroe, New Jersey

Major: Microbiology; Minor: Psychology

Activities and Involvement: Undergraduate research, Undergraduate TAing, Student Wellbeing Advisory Board, BioTAP, Commonwealth Honors College, Peer Advising

UMass hidden gem: The upper floors of the ISB (Integrated Sciences Building) have countless nooks and crannies that make great quiet study spaces when you need a change of scenery. The building is really bright and modern, and you can see a lot of campus from the third and fourth floors if you just want to look out of the windows! 

As an out-of-state student, I was definitely worried about not being able to adjust on campus, but UMass has given me so many opportunities, academically and socially. I get to further my goals in doing research and hopefully going to law school one day. I can pretty much do anything I want here, and I always say that coming here was the best decision I have ever made! Go UMass!!

Smiling UMass tour guide in a pink shirt in front of a stone wall

Valerie ‘25 (she/her)

Hometown: Canton, Massachusetts

Major: Nursing

Activities and Involvement: Student Nursing Association, Black Women in Medicine Club

Why did you choose UMass?:  I chose UMass because of how amazing the nursing program is. I loved how much research is valued at this university and that was a really important factor when making my decision. I also fell in love with the campus and how there are always activities on campus to participate in!

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Vanessa '24 (she/her)

Major: Finance

Favorite UMass food: My favorite food at the dining commons is the Stir Fry! It is always my go-to and definitely worth any wait in line. Nothing compares.

I aspire to one day work in commercial real estate. In my free time I love taking walks in the Amherst area and listening to true crime podcasts (Crime Junkie is my favorite). UMass has quickly become my favorite place to be because of the great food, academics, extracurriculars, and of course the people!  Go UMass!

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Varshini '23 (she/her)

Hometown: Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Major: Computer Science

Activities and Involvement: Association for Women in Science (Treasurer), Indian Classical Arts Society, Society of Women Engineers, Women in Computer Science, Cybersecurity Club, South Asian Student Association, Hindu YUVA

Favorite UMass food: Omelets from omelet bar! Eggs are made-to-order right in front of you. I also like to have it with home fries on the side to make it a proper meal. Try it out, you won’t regret it!

Getting involved is one of my favorite parts about being a student at UMass. Making the large community feel small in your own way is what will make the experience the best it can be. There are truly so many ways to have a good time during your time at UMass, which is why I love being here and I’m thankful for all of these opportunities and memories. The students and faculty members I’ve met here are truly passionate in their fields and love helping others. Best of all, UMass has some awesome views on and off campus in the Amherst area all year long! Go UMass!