Location
Amherst, MA
Undergrads
1,817
Tuition
$44,610
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 463 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: many take out services allow the UMASS student ID to be used to get a discount or pay for their meals, but none of them allow Amherst College students the same luxury.

3 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: buildings aren't very well taken care of, ratty and don't have very good parking.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: all greek life students are well mannered individuals that take part in many aspects of the Amherst scene including but not limited to: student government, social life, athletics, and many other leadership roles.

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: we need more attractive females on campus, they all complain about Amherst men not liking the women, but the reason is because they aren't very good looking and they are stuck up smart kids.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: freshman dorms are immaculate, but upperclassmen dorms are lacking. thankfully they are revamping some of the old buildings because sophomores get screwed in the housing lottery system.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Majors: just don't get below a b-, that's all. it's totally doable to get into any major of your choice, just do better in your favorite classes and let the others suffer a bit if need be.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm in lab all day, even in the spring time and I don't even want to go into a career where I will be in a lab setting.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: towns folk are very accommodating and kind to us college students.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: they do their best to help out the students. they make sure that we answer all of the required topics and assist us as best they can.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safer on campus then I at home. With the constant police presence and the various protection measures in place, I feel safe and sound walking around at night alone.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I feel as if there is a gap between the different races and ethnicities on campus. They seem to congeal together and don't venture out of their created friend groups based on their homeland.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Athletics: almost everyone shows up to the games, if they're not bogged down with work. Team's do amazingly well, and are able to perform at their best while also doing well in their academic endeavors.

4 College Senior

Diversity: The diversity is a major plus.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Senior

Nightlife: The social life here is truly awful.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Transportation: The PVTA is okay, beyond that there is not that much else.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Since Amherst has an open curriculum, all of its programs are very flexible. Even if you've already chosen a specific major, you'll never overburdened with work from that particular major-- in fact, for most majors, you'll never need to take more than 2 classes for that major per semester (out of 4).

2 people found this useful Report
1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Nobody really lives off-campus. The college guarantees housing, and it only allows 50 people to live off-campus each year anyways.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: It is surprisingly easy to rent out a campus shuttle. Just sign up and register your driver's license, and you'll get to use the school's vans for absolutely free. The public bus system in the town is free for college students, as well.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Facilities: All of the buildings at Amherst are great. Some of them are older than others, but none of these "flaws" are actually noticeably unless you really, really look for it. Overall, the campus is just really, really nice.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: The social scene at Amherst isn't half-bad. Most of the parties are centered around the "social" dorms, which are the closest thing we have to frat houses. The student body is divided on them-- some love them, some hate them. If the "socials" aren't your thing, though, there's still plenty of community to go around (especially in some of the tighter first-year dorms).

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food exists, and it's not half-bad. Everybody loves Antonio's Pizza, for instance. Outside of that, however, you'll be hard-pressed to find anything better than a 3.5-star on Yelp.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing varies wildly from dorm to dorm. All of the first-year dorms are terrific, though of course, some are still noticeably better than others. Since Amherst is a pretty small college, pretty much every dorm is near your classes (the farthest you'll have to walk will never be more than 10-15 minutes).

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The town of Amherst definitely has a very college-town feel, which is reasonable, considering there are like 50,000 college students living in the area. No matter what, however, you're still in the middle of a small town in western Massachusetts, so you'll have to temper your expectations accordingly. The food around here is good, but not great. There's a large mall nearby, so shopping is pretty good, and a free bus system runs through all of the colleges in the area.

5 College Freshman

Majors: It's extremely easy to major in anything at Amherst, especially thanks to the open curriculum. You don't have to declare a major for years, and even after that, you can still pretty much add or drop majors at any time. You can pretty much just double major on accident, and there are triple majors abound.

1 person found this useful Report
College Freshman

Majors: I haven't yet declared a major, so my experience in the field is rather limited.

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Lem Atanga McCormick
Hometown
Chicago, IL
Major
Pre-Med (Biology and French)
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Students usually don’t choose Amherst because of its academic reputation, although a sound reputation is a must when the competing schools are Harvard and Williams. Rather, students come here because of the promise of experiencing an eclectic array of stimulating peers, professors, classes, and activities. Some become disillusioned, not finding their niche within the abundance of opportunities and freedom. Some succeed in familiarizing themselves with the ways of this place, find that they’re having the time of their life midway through college and become depressed that this whole thing is going to end soon. Chronologically speaking and with clear generalization, freshman year can go by in a rush, with everyone immersed in the whole college experience with their freshmen friends and classmates. Sophomore year can be the most challenging, since a lot of people go through “sophomore slump”—a state of mild or not-so-mild depression caused by the sad fact that all their freshman friends suddenly are not living in the same dorm but are now in far corners of campus. Also, many sophomore students are conflicted by the sudden need to decide on a major and to get serious about their lives. Junior and senior years are usually better and calmer, since most students have settled into a chosen major and formed a group of close friends across distant campus dorms. Upperclassmen, then, can be free to concentrate on studying and having fun.

The key to living here is perhaps keeping yourself open and receptive to new and unfamiliar experiences, opinions, and values. You’ll gain a lot more if you communicate openly with that odd-looking and opinionated girl from Dallas or that too-cool-for-school-looking guy from Philly, rather than choosing to be repulsed by Amherst’s oddities. A place like Amherst, with so many accomplished and bright people threading its grounds, is bound to have more oddities than the average university. Even though few people come to Amherst College for the sole purpose of meeting new people, learning from everyone, exploring themselves and so on, most students do admit, however reluctantly, that Amherst is both fun and a unique learning and growing experience that can be found nowhere else.

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