Amherst College Summary

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Basic Statistics

Amherst, MA
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
13 %
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Awesome people
  • Cream-of-the-crop academics
  • Great parties
  • Free alcohol everywhere

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • The town of Amherst
  • The weather, oh the weather
  • Valentine Dining Hall and the gastronomical aspect of central dining
  • Students who don't make an effort and hurt class discussion

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Amherst Student Reviews

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Internships are like 15-30 hours a week, getting paid above minimum wage. They'll last for a few to several weeks. The professionals are so kind to us during the internship. Everybody learns alot from them.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The hardest part is probably finding the internship. There are so many out there but its like "where do I begin?" Career advisors and professors should aid in that department. As far as applying, be as candid as possible. Your grades, interests, activities, and the like will do the talking for you and they will be impressed. If you don't get selected, just think about how genius the people that actually did get selected are and don't feel discouraged.

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.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: People like to complain but they're just spoiled. The food is great and better than what many schools serve.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: People come from so many backgrounds that it teaches tolerance from everybody's standpoint. You can't judge because you can easily be judged by being different yourself. It is amazing to learn and live in an environment like this.


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