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Amherst, MA
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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The people are not the most objectively attractive but they are some of the smartest and most interesting you'll find. Athletes do keep to their own but everybody else are the friendliest, coolest people out there. People get along very well and are always respectful.

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.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There's definitely a hook-up culture at Amherst, as opposed to a dating culture, but it's certainly not worse than any other college in the U.S. You can still date if you really want to.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Almost everyone is incredibly fit. People here seem to worry about their health and looking good, which I think is a great thing. They are also very fashion conscious, in the sense that everyone likes expensive preppy clothes. There is definitely a stereotypical "look". That said, you can definitely find whatever you're into here. There are tons of good-looking people.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Many people dress sporty. When they're not, they're still decently dressed.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 166th
    Smartest Girls
  • 253rd
    Smartest Guys
  • 370th
    Most Athletic Guys
  • 409th
    Most Athletic Girls
  • 414th
    Friendliest Guys

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lem Atanga McCormick
Chicago, IL
Pre-Med (Biology and French)
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Both great couples and sizzling one-night stands have been known to flourish at Amherst, so don’t worry about finding your college sweetheart or the danger of eternal abstinence. You stand a decent chance at finding either one at Amherst. Contrary to what might be expected from a preppy Northeastern college, there are quite a few hookups at parties and in general—if this is what you’re interested in. Guys have more options than girls do because Amherst is in close proximity to two all-women colleges, and those students do well in making their presence felt at Amherst parties. UMass students are also visible on weekends, but they are, in truth, considered less of a catch.

Lookswise, there are people from many different backgrounds here, so you’re going to observe some very different styles and looks. People simply like to tease on this issue, which is why you’ll hear so many complaints about the apparent lack of Cindy Crawfords and Brad Pitts. There are not too many supermodels here of either sex, but if your standards are just a dash lower, you can find a lot of decidedly good-looking men and women. Sex, you ask? Well, in a word, yes. People hook up and have sexual intercourse here and there at Amherst. If you object to commitment, however, you’re probably out of luck around here, but try UMass, as things are rumored to be more open-minded there in this respect. Nonetheless, if you are searching for some interactions with the opposite sex, there are a wide array of options here at the ‘herst.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Dance parties held at either Drew House or the Octagon
  2. Big theme parties held at Amherst College
  3. At sporting events
  4. Five-College dance parites
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Inside a music practice room, under the piano
  2. The roof of the Octagon
  3. Johnson Chapel, on the main stage
  4. The grass of Memorial Hill
  5. In the elevator of Moore dormitory
  6. C Level of Frost Library
Social Scene
People are generally open to new social contacts, and this is especially true at parties. Although students here hang out mostly with their close group of friends, most definitely dedicate time to meet new people. Some people, of course, are on the edges of the spectrum, being either hopelessly socially awkward at one extreme, or social butterflies on the other. You'll find very few unsocial nerds who care only about academics. Amherst students study a lot-but they definitely know how to have fun as well.
Hookups or Relationships?
Both are options at Amherst, but it depends on the individual. Amherst students are generally calculated about their relationships, and there may be times when they look strictly for hookups, and other times when they look for something serious. There are a great amount of couples that hookup continously or are on-and-off, but do not consider themselves to be in offical relationships. In some cases, students opt to stay off the market. Of course, people do leave room for spontaneity, should an exciting guy or girl come along.
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
Parties at Amherst College are the best bet to meet someone, both because Amherst students tend to become very open and welcoming when partying, and because many students from other colleges come to make an appearance-many of them are on the lookout for a hookup. Alcohol may have something to do with people's friendliness, but only sometimes. There's a definite sense of desire to meet new people at parties. After a couple of years here, however, some Amherst students become a little tired of seeing other Amherst students at parties. If by that time these students are over 21, they go to the local bars, which are also a haven of young single women. Smith and Holyoke parties, due to the favorable ratios for heterosexual guys, have ignited many imaginations here, but usually going all the way over there proves not to be worth it, both because these girls don't exactly appreciate guys only wanting them for their bodies, and because many Smithies and Holyoke chicks come here on the weekends.
Dress Code
What dress code? People feel free to put on whatever they like. Most students, though, dress casually: jeans, T-shirt, jacket, that kind of thing. Flip-flops are very popular in the summer and spring times. Overly flashy clothes and extravagant color combinations are usually considered bad taste. Many of the student-athletes on campus can be seen wearing sweatpants or sweatshirts of their respective sports teams. There is also a respectable crowd who prefer formal dress, and they can be detected by the nicer brands of pants they wear, because no one wears a tie to the dining hall or to class. In parties, most people show up, again, dressed in whatever they like, except for parties that are designated as formal dress, in which case you may still come in flip-flops (I've done it, nobody will say anything to you) but know that most people will be buttoned up.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 8 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 8 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 9 responses

  • 25% Casual dating at your school
  • 15% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 15% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 10% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 10% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 10% Long-distance relationship
  • 5% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 5% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 5% None
  • 0% Casual dating at a neighboring school

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 14% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 43% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 43% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
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