Biggest, highest-achieving class beginning the year at UMass

Low cost, high quality of education drove many to UMass

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The largest freshman class in history is getting settled-in at UMass Amherst. Members of the class, which is also the highest-achieving class ever admitted to the university, attended classes for their third day on Thursday.

Members of the class of 2018 intend to become psychologists, chemists, engineers and sports managers, among other things. Their impressive high school grades could qualify them for any number of universities, but freshmen 22News spoke with don’t want to go into debt.

“That was the number one factor,” Freshman Holly Lancey of Merrimac said.

Freshman Joanna Ambeliocis of Peabody agreed. “I’m going to have trouble getting off my feet anyway, so you don’t need all that money hanging over your head,” she said.

Most freshmen 22News spoke with come from eastern and central Massachusetts. In addition to being afraid of going into debt, they’ve heard good things about the education they’ll get on the Amherst campus.

“Well, it’s a very good education for a very good price, and I can’t imagine being in debt for 20 years after I graduate. It doesn’t make the most sense,” Regan Moore of Acton said.

“I want to go to the school where I’ll get a great education, I didn’t want debt for the rest of my life, so UMass was the best of both worlds,” Clement Boahend of Worcester said.

Each freshman made it clear that their parents helped re-enforce their decision to avoid going into debt to pay off their education at all costs.

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