You’re going to learn a lot at UMass, and not just about academics. You’ll pick up new skills that’ll stay with you for the rest of your life and contribute to your experience as an adult. UMass has lots of resources to help you out along the way.
As a student, you’ll need to learn:
- How to manage your time
- How to set goals for your future
- How to navigate your finances
- How to engage with your community
- How to get around campus
- How to prioritize wellbeing
In this section, you’ll find some ideas to move you forward. Also, be sure to follow us on Instagram and check out the Student Success Planner for lots of how-to guides.
How will UMass be different from high school?
For many of you, this will be your first time living away from family, sharing a space with a roommate, and managing your money on your own. Academics will feel different, too. You’ll be expected to be much more independent in how you study and the material will be taught in different ways. Start building your team to learn more.
What makes a successful UMass student?
The path to success looks different for everyone, but it typically includes academic achievement, community involvement, and personal wellbeing. To get ready for your UMass experience, start thinking about the support networks in your life – your family, friends, instructors, or community mentors – and how to stay connected to them.
What can I expect as a nontraditional first-year student?
Whether you are a student with a family, a veteran, starting at UMass over the age of 24, or any other category of nontraditional student, you’ll find community here. Get started with Campus Pulse for a list of the Registered Student Organizations (RSOs). If you’re living off campus, the Off Campus Student Center offers activities and resources to support you.
How can I stay heathy on campus?
Your wellbeing should be one of your top priorities at UMass. Take a look at our Wellness page to get started.
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.