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Senior Touts UMass Experience

“I was skeptical about attending UMass Amherst because it’s a state school,” says Mello Barros ’12 (political science/accounting). “It didn’t take long for me to realize that I’d made a great decision. Internationally, UMass has an outstanding reputation—and I know this firsthand from my study abroad experience. Amherst has been ranked the best college town in the US, and anyone who lives here will see why. UMass has been a terrific experience at a price that really can’t be beat.”

A resident of Brockton, MA, son of Cape Verdean immigrants, and avid soccer fan, Barros chose UMass because of its many fields of study. “I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to major in,” he says. Ultimately, Barros chose accounting as a way to combine his interest in mathematics and business. The political science major sprung out of his interest in the 2008 Presidential election. “In both instances, I became instantly hooked on the course material,” he says. “And faculty in both departments have been extremely helpful. Office visits, I think, show professors that a student really wants to learn.”

Read the full story from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

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