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Living and Learning at UMass Amherst

Welcome to Residence Education at UMass Amherst!

Residence Education offers a wide array of options for students who live on campus. These options cater to students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and academic needs. Living with others in the residence halls is an experience that is educational, insightful, and at times challenging, but offers a number of rewards and positive experiences.

Living with others from a variety of cultural backgrounds, you will soon discover, is an education in and of itself, providing you with new insights and perspectives. There are a number of resources in our residence halls that cater to the diverse needs of the students who live on campus. Every traditional style residence hall has live-in Resident Assistants who ensure the safety and security of all residents, provide educational and social opportunities, and work to promote an inclusive and respectful environment for all who live on-campus.

Residential First-Year Experience (RFYE) halls cater specifically to the needs of students in their first second year of college.  Likewise, our SophoMORE halls offer additional support and resources for students in their second year of college, in partnership with some of the Schools and Colleges on campus.  In addition to these communities, Residence Education offers additional opportunities for learning in the residence halls through Residential Academic Programs (RAPs), Defined Residential Communities, and other Special Housing Options.  For more information about these housing options and more, see the links in the left sidebar.

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