Location
Amherst, MA
Undergrads
1,817
Tuition
$44,610
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 448 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Student

Scholarships: I do not have FA but I've heard that it's one of the best.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Student

Transportation: It's better than some others but could be better.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: It's overall great. The dorms are nice and spacious. Room draw process is kind of random.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Student

Campus Strictness: Not sure. Seems to be changing.

5 College Student

Academics: I have no doubt it is one of America's best. Professors are very passionate and knowledgeable about what they are doing. Amherst does seem to have a little more workload than other comparable colleges - it feels like high school at times. Facilities are great. Internship opportunities with professors are available, and if you are one of the ones to get one, you'll spend time with the professor a lot. Open curriculum leaves a wide range of choices which I have come to appreciate a lot more than I imagined I would. In the end, it's the professors who are the greatest. The grading is reasonable.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Student

Weather: It's just northeast weather. Cold in winter, although warmer than Maine area and often warmer than Boston area.

5 College Student

Majors: Internship places definitely know Amherst and know the value of the Amherst education. The career center was helpful in finding my internship. The alumni network is great as well.

5 College Student

Majors: I am happy with the programs. I am a freshman so cannot comment too much on this.

4 College Student

Computers: There are a lot of computers available. Printing on campus is pretty easy except that you have to pay (although not too much). Wireless is kind of slow. I own a personal computer and printer but plenty of people don't.

3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Small town, great in beginning but gets boring at times.

5 College Freshman

Majors: The work here is significant but reasonable. Although the facilities aren't as top-notch as other places, the professors are able to give each student individual attention. As far as job opportunities, Amherst gives pre-med students a very good chance of getting into medical school and most students here don't find much difficulty in finding a job.

9 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food at the cafeteria is alright, but it's the only place to eat.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: The school is small and so cannot offer everything, but for its size Amherst has a very good selection

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Computers: Computers work fine, but the library closes late and laptop connection can be a bit unstable.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of nice places, but there isn't a lot of good places. And the good ones can get a bit old.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Amherst itself is a small town, so there aren't a huge umber of restaurants, but what's there is very good. Judie's is the place to go for popovers when your parents/guardians are around to foot the bill, and Antonio's has $1 cheese pizza slices after midnight on weekends, as well as their famous chicken-bacon-ranch pizza. For a lot more options, Northampton's easy to get to.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is really convenient at Amherst. The PVTA, which is the local bus, is free for students and provides a quick way to get to UMass, as well as the shopping center that has supermarkets, a movie theater, and other sorts of stores. In terms of getting to/from airports and major cities, the Peter Pan bus runs relatively cheap nonstop buses to Boston and NYC on the weekends, and the school student association will sometimes charter free buses to the cities on holidays.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife on weekends at Amherst for people under 21 pretty much consists of choosing whether or not to go to a party in the Socials (the suite-style dorms on east campus where most of the parties are held). For 21+, there are a few nice venues in the town of Amherst with good drinks/bar food/music etc. There are monthly school-sponsored dances, but other than that there's not a huge amount of variety in terms of the party scene.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The computer labs at Amherst are spread throughout campus so it's not too hard to find a computer. The only problem with the computer labs is that they usually get very crowded right before classes start because everyone's in a rush to print out lecture notes or papers before class. Other than that, it's usually pretty easy to find a computer on campus. However, it's definitely much more convenient to have a laptop than to solely rely on the school computers.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing is guaranteed for all four years, which means everyone lives on campus for the most part. The different dorms have different characteristics, so it's pretty easy to find what suits you (i.e., suite-style living, singles, doubles, etc.). Freshman housing is across the board good to great, and then after that it all depends on your spot in the housing lottery.

1 person found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Plenty of options, if you get high on the lottery. Even so, you're guaranteed housing all 4 years.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: It lacks a huge variety of options. What it does have is local joints that have been there for years that have become a part of a tradition for campus students to enjoy. Even so, they're not widespread in their options.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is nice during the fall and spring but can get pretty brutal during the winter. It also snows a lot which makes walking to class kinda annoying.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are constantly buses running around Amherst and surrounding areas. Students receive free transit with a student id so it makes it really easy to take public transportation.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe on campus. There is no crime on campus and I find myself not even locking my door most days. Campus police are always around for help.

1 person found this useful Report
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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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