I switched from Umass Amherst to Umass Boston a few years ago, so I'm able to compare the two. Umass Boston is a great commuter school in that it is inexpensive, small, and accessible to a wide variety of people. In general though, I don't feel that the education is all that great. The amosphere is very urban, so unless you're that type of person, it's not the most comfortable environment. I recommend Umass Boston for continuing education or possibly graduate studies, but not for a full fledged bachelors program.