UMB follows the paradigm, "university is what you make it." The academic level here varies greatly. Many of the students accepted here have a weaker academic background. This noticeably translates into classroom engagement. It can be frustrating to witness the lack of preparation and care for classwork that is common in the lower-level classes. This can make the university feel like high-school. Despite this, there are many incredible professors and students here. You will be able to find your "tribe" if you pay attention. If you're looking for more of an academic challenge, the Honors College is a wonderful opportunity and resource to help motivate you and put you in contact with like-minded students. You can skirt by at this university with minimal effort and graduate, but if you really want to learn, the education can be equivocal to many of the other more prestigious universities in Boston; it all comes down to how you apply yourself here.