University of Massachusetts Amherst is a public research-grant and land-grant university that has over 22,000 undergraduate students. It was founded in 1863, with its campus in Amherst, Massachusetts. It has a huge lake at the center of campus that shimmers and plenty of trees to give you shade. Sports are big here, and the Rec Center is perfect for working out. Greek life is prominent, and it’s also a university that invites some very prominent and influential speakers. The W.E.B DuBois Library looms over you, providing a roomy and spacious study environment with plenty of floors; one of which you’ll be partial to by the end of the year. It’s also a university that truly broadens your learning and resources, as it gives you the opportunity to take classes from other colleges like Smith and Mount Holyoke College. The food is lip-smacking fantastic; it’s consistently rated among the top for college dining. Amherst is also a small town that’s close to a city, making it an ideal location to get some peace and tranquility without escaping the big city experience. Alumni of note include the captivating Richard Gere and Natalie Cole. U Mass is a big school in a small town that’s close enough to academic growth and not too far away from a good time.