Life in Amherst
The UMass Amherst campus is nestled among a thriving, multicultural community in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. The area is renowned for its outstanding quality of life, including fascinating arts and culture, adventurous outdoor recreation, farm-to-table eateries, and a unique entrepreneurial spirit. Amherst is within easy access to some of the country's most vibrant cities, including Boston and New York.
Amherst may have small-town charm, but the residents—and the dining—are certainly worldly. The town beckons folks from around the globe. Over 43% of adults who live in Amherst hold graduate degrees, making for an intellectually rich experience. Another rich experience—dinner. The sidewalks of Amherst are lined with limitless options for grabbing sushi or lingering over a four-course French feast.
Also, UMass Amherst holds the Princeton Review top spot for on-campus dining.
Long home to poets, artists, musicians and academics, Amherst and the surrounding area attracts top-notch arts and entertainment. Catch outstanding performances at venues like the Calvin Theater, the UMass Fine Arts Center, and Jacobs Pillow and Tanglewood Music Center in the Berkshires. Scope out revered works at the Emily Dickenson Museum, the Michelson Gallery, and Mass MoCA. Stay local for the weekend or make a quick trip to see the sights of New York City or Boston.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is part of the renowned Five College Consortium, along with Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College. Isenberg students can take classes at the sister schools, as well as attend lectures, performances and exhibitions. Each school has a library with distinctive collections, and students have open borrowing privileges. A free bus system links the Five Colleges to the surrounding towns.
Isenberg MBA Student Connections provide many opportunities for students to tailor their MBA experience. Students are supported in attending conferences and pursuing certifications that can enhance their career prospects. Graduate social events such as the Slide Roulette and Semiformal Holiday Party bring together Isenberg MBA and specialized masters students.
Student Clubs open the doors to relationships, leadership development, and professional growth. Our active clubs are listed below.
Isenberg Graduate Reception
The reception is held the night before graduation. Graduating Isenberg students, families, and alumni are welcome to attend! Celebrate with families, alumni, staff and faculty of Isenberg.
Graduate School Commencement
On-campus and online graduate students are invited to attend the UMass Graduate Commencement Ceremony.
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- After submitting, track your application at the Graduate School Status of Application page.