I think this thread so far is extremely narrow minded and stereotyped. I am a current UMass Student and I believe my University has a lot to offer. Our Engineering program is currently the top in the Northeast, our Library is the second largest library in the entire world, we have state of the art science buildings and laboratories, our music program includes professors who have been principal players in the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and so much more. Our "party school" reputation comes from our large campus, not from our inability to learn. Every single college has parties, that's a fact. But it's the percentage that participate, and the way they participate, that matters. Amherst has less than 2,000 students, while UMass has over 25,000. Because our school has over 10 times the amount of people a small private school like Amherst has, that means that when issues arise, they are blown out of proportion. If 500 people cause trouble on campus, it seems like all of UMass is that way because of the amount of people. Really that is only 2% of our population. Every situation is magnified because of our large population, but it DOES NOT represent the entirety of our campus. We have a lot to offer, and you should not stereotype us because of the propaganda you are fed.