You’ll find that UMass Amherst and the Pioneer Valley offer abundant support systems to make your life secure and enjoyable. The health care choices to which you’ll have access are strong and reputable and come with a number of options to suit your individual needs. Several of our local public-school systems are well regarded and have a notable record of placing graduates in superior colleges and universities. Our public transportation system offers a convenient means of traveling among the institutions in the Five College system and nearby towns and cities. And for the ecologically minded, UMass Amherst places a high priority on continually burnishing an already enviable record for sustainability and recycling.