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Is UMass really ZooMass?

Newsflash: College students have been known to drink beer. UMass Amherst is no exception, but is it really deserving of that “ZooMass” nickname?

It’s increasingly known more for its academics than for its, ahem, extracurriculars; the average SAT and GPA of entering freshmen has risen almost every year of the last 10. And administrators have been trying all manner of strategies to control drinking, from strictly enforcing the law to handing out tipsheets on how to party safely. (Memo to 100-pound sorority girls: “Eat before you go out.”) UMass didn’t even crack the top-20 list of party schools in last year’s Princeton Review (the only New England school on the list? University of Maine-Orono).

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