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Amherst, MA
Undergrads
1,817
Tuition
$44,610
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 468 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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Overall Experience: Would I have gone somewhere else? Nah, but it hasn't met my expectations. I won't lie about that.

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Overall Experience: I think that the experience I've had here is life-changing. I never had regrets about coming here.

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Overall Experience: I love it here! This place is perfect for me and anyone else who wants to succeed in life. The classes are interesting and challenging, which makes learning fun. Amherst College gets two thumbs up!

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Campus Dining: The food is nutritional, and there is a pretty good variety, particularly among the salad bar and cereals (if that's a big deal). But the entrées are generally bland.

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Campus Dining: A lot of people like to speak of the food with contempt, but I think that most of them would admit that it's not that bad. Home-cooked meals are definitely better, but after some getting used to, you'd be able to appreciate Val food, too.

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Campus Dining: There is Valentine, whose dinner dining hours are not convenient (dinner is from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.). The Campus Center serves sandwiches and other things until 2 a.m. Usually, people order off campus at night. There are a lot of places that stay open until 3 a.m.

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Campus Dining: The dining hall does what it can. It's not easy to feed 1,600 students and cater to all the different tastes and preferences. Some dishes are just disgusting, and it took one taste for me to decide not to ever eat them again. Most of the food is okay, though. I can live with Valentine food.

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Campus Dining: The dining hall is decent. It's nothing extraordinary but, in general, it's okay, and once in a while there's good stuff.

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Campus Dining: Well, the food in Val is pretty terrible most of the time. I find myself ordering takeout and going to restaurants more often than I want to. What I do like about Val is that everyone meets up there, and it's fun to meet your friends everyday and eat together.

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Campus Dining: The food at Amherst is disgusting all the way around.

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Campus Dining: There are some appetizing dishes, like the chicken nuggets and some of the soups. I was pleasantly surprised at the level of the food, but I wouldn't go as far as praising it.

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Campus Dining: There is only one dining hall that caters to the whole student body, and even though it does a valiant catering job, there are definitely times when it serves very unappealing food. Then again, in a mass-catering environment, people will always complain.

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Campus Dining: Except for Valentine, whose food I don't even want to talk about, we have Schwemm's. In my personal opinion, the sandwiches there are kind of expensive, but most people don't seem to mind. The place has a nice ambiance, and it's fun to hang out there.

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Campus Dining: The food at Schwemm's is much better than Valentine food. The trouble is that you can't eat only at Schwemm's and be full. Val is a necessary evil.

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Campus Dining: The food here is okay, but it could be better.

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Diversity: I was disappointed at the level of the diversity when I came here. I think there should be more minorities. We have, in my opinion, too few international students as well, and one of the reasons I came here was to get to know people from different backgrounds and cultures.

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Diversity: Compared to other Ivy League schools, we are diverse, though I would like to see more people of color. There are a good number of international students, though.

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Diversity: The campus is pretty diverse, I'd say. We have a nice little blend.

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Diversity: The biggest minorities on campus are Asian Americans and African Americans. Theme housing gives opportunity for people who want to learn more about different cultures. Also, a lot of people like to surround themselves with a familiar cultural setting, to some extent. Therefore, you see a lot of Asians living in the Asian culture house, for instance.

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Diversity: Campus is more diverse than you'd expect, and you definitely feel the race-consciousness. I believe campus is a bit above 30 percent minority students.

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Diversity: There is some diversity, but the campus can be even more diverse.

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Diversity: There are a lot of people from a lot of places, origins, backgrounds, faiths, and upbringings. This place would not work if people didn't respect each other's values and ways of living, but they do. I've never seen a more tolerant place than Amherst.

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Diversity: The College seems to be making a conscious effort to diversify the campus. They fly in minority students who have been admitted and are trying to make their college decision, just to try to entice them to come here. Still, as is probably expected at a college such as Amherst, the majority of students are white.

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Diversity: Amherst College belongs to that tier of schools that are both very selective and very costly to attend. Therefore, and sadly so, minorities here will not be strongly represented. This just further represents the inequality and the socioeconomic situation that exist in America, and not necessarily from admission policies.

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Diversity: The international community is small, but mostly tight-knit. Some internationals prefer to find and hang out mostly with American friends, but they always know that they'll have a place to go if they want to. The International Student Association is the official international students' organization on campus, and it helps students out in various ways, from driving them to Holyoke to get registered with social security, to organizing meals when the dining hall is closed during school breaks.

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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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