It’s more than just academics.
Your life in college is learning to live as an adult. Develop skills now for engaging with the community, managing your own finances, and making decisions about how to use your time. Explore campus, learn to live in a new environment, understand the cost of college, prepare your finances for the future, and consider on-campus employment opportunities. All are important parts of your life, and we are here to support you in all areas.
How will UMass be different from high school?
The college experience is different from high school in a few ways. You may be living on your own for the first time. Maybe you have a roommate. Or maybe you are managing your own money for the first time. The academics will be different too. Some classes are large, while others are small. They are taught at a faster pace. Using academic resources is the norm. The good news for you is that there are a lot of new people in your life ready to support your success and connect you with resources. Meet your team.
What makes a successful UMass student?
The path to success looks different for everyone, but it often includes academic support, community engagement, and holistic wellbeing. To get ready for your UMass experience, start thinking about the support networks in your life – your family, friends, instructors, or community mentors. Brainstorm ways to stay connected with these folks during your time at UMass, and focus in on important relationships you want to recreate while you’re here.
For example: if you feel best when you’re volunteering twice per month, let’s help you connect with volunteer opportunities around Amherst and carve out time in your monthly calendar to hold up that commitment!
What can I expect as a nontraditional first-year student?
Whether you are a student with a family, a student veteran, a student starting at UMass over the age of 24, or another kind of nontraditional student: you’ll find your community here. Get started with Campus Pulse for a list of the Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) at UMass, where you can get involved with students who share common interests or identities. Many nontraditional students live off campus, and the Off Campus Student Center offers a range of activities and resources to support you if you have an off-campus job, family responsibilities or are otherwise opting to life off-campus.
How can I stay heathy on campus?
Your wellbeing is as important as your academic performance at UMass, and there are plenty of resources to make sure you’re taking care of yourself. For mental and physical health, University Health Services and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health have fantastic teams ready to assist you. Check out the Recreation Center or an intramural sport to stay active; when you’re ready to wind down, try one of the many dedicated spots for meditation and mindfulness around campus.
How can I explore the larger Amherst/Pioneer Valley community?
Pioneer Valley Transit Authority has bus routes that can take you to all of the Five College Consortium schools along with many cities and towns throughout the region. The best news? Busses are free for students during the academic year with your UCard!
Biking is another fantastic and more active way to travel between classes or around the area. PVTA busses will even let you transport your bike on board.