College Review: UMASS, Boston

Everything Feels Brand New

(From left to right) Abington seniors Andrew Roy, Connor Saccoach, Declan Hamill, Reid Norton (all members of the class of 2020) toured UMASS, Boston on Thursday, October 24, 2019


Just about an hour from Abington, UMASS, Boston is located right next to the water and the John F. Kennedy Library. UMASS is just outside of Downtown. Its location near the JFK/UMASS Red Line T stop makes it easy for students to commute to campus, and from the campus to get into Boston, Cambridge, or other points. 

I decided to take a tour on October 24 with three other Abington seniors, Andrew Roy, Reid Norton and Declan Hamill.

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I loved the feeling of the school and everyone there was nice throughout my tour.

— Connor Saccoach

The campus was about an average size; but the view was above average. The campus had a nice new look to it and I was able to go to the top of one of the parking garages. From there I was able to see the whole campus on one side and Boston on the other.

Everything felt new. Many buildings were newly renovated, and they were in the process of adding more new construction.

The dorms had a modern vibe to them. UMASS was in the process of building another dorm building for students. If you lived in one of the dorms, it was required that you had a food plan for the dining hall. A pleasant surprise to me was that there was even a Burger King in one of the dining halls.

There were also apartments right next to campus that students could rent out so that they could live right next to campus. Our tour guide Isaiah was a senior at UMASS who grew up in South Weymouth, right next door to Abington.

I walked around campus with a recent Abington graduate Jason Kinniburgh ’19. He is a current student studying nursing. He is a part of the Honors College at UMASS, which is known for their nursing and business programs.

Kinniburgh is happy with his classes at UMASS. He said, “Classes are great and very interesting. They cover a wide variety of different forms. There are large lecture sections that are made up of about 250-300 people which cover usually general education sciences.”

As for seminar classes, Kinniburgh said that they “are a bit larger than others, maybe about 50-75 if I had to ball park.”

Not all of the classes at UMASS Boston are seminar or lecture, though. Kinniburgh said that “there are the smaller English and humanities classes which are usually about 20-30 or so kids. Plus labs for sciences which are usually about 20-25 students.”

Personally, I thought UMASS, Boston was a great school. I loved the feeling of the school and everyone there was nice throughout my tour. I also like how they offer a free bus to the train station to take a ride into Boston. Before touring I planned on applying to UMASS Boston. But after touring I would have to say that UMASS, Boston is now one of my top schools. I am excited to hear back from them and hope to be accepted.