Amherst, MA
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Reviews 592 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: It snows a lot, but roads are cleared for the most part.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Consent is everything. No peer pressure.

College Sophomore

Scholarships: I was on scholarship, so I can't really say.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Could be more ethnically/racially diverse.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I get to design my own major. What more can I ask?

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The CYL Program and CBD programs are great.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel extremely safe. I am never worried.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: There are parking lots near major buildings, mods/dorms.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There's usually a lot going on in the surrounding area due to the large college student volume in the area. The PVTA is alright though pretty infrequent at times, especially weekends. I usually go to Amherst for food (I highly recommend Fresh Side for decently priced and tasty healthy food) and Northampton for wandering around and shopping.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Finding an internship is alright, the CORC (career options & resource center) has a list serv you can sign up for that sends out many opportunities, paid and unpaid, for grads and undergrads.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I've learned a lot about myself by doing this program, but wish I had done more or a larger variety of things. Sometimes it's difficult to know what you'll need or do for your Div III (senior thesis) until you're a senior.

College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no greek life on this campus.

College Freshman

Academics: In terms of choosing your own path of study, Hampshire is different and great. Unfortunately, Central Records is notoriously awful.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: You can find parties if you want them. I prefer wandering the woods.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love having a mod. Most first years also get singles.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Like any other New England town, it's average but pretty cold and sometimes brutal in the winter.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Not a lot of diversity. But this area is surrounded by four other colleges and two towns, so it is easy to meet people with diverse standpoints.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Singles are very easy to obtain, which is great. Most residential options include living room spaces and kitchens, which is a great way to create community.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Hampshire is truly an incredible place. People really care at Hampshire, and will be there for you if you need anything. You will certainly learn a lot here, engage in incredible and intellectually stimulating discussions, and have the time of your time.

5 College Junior

Academics: The Academics at Hampshire are selected. They include things like constant close interactions with faculty members and critical thinking. One of the best parts is a one year long project based on a master thesis called Div III. The quality of the work produced during that year is equivalent to graduate level work. This experience makes it very easy for Hampshire students to get to top rated graduate schools.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I do not dine out that often. We have all the chains and all the local restaurants.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: You know, it is alright. By the time i graduate though I think i will move. But the valley is a nice place to live.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The substance scene is pretty darn good. The price for marijuana is very reasonable. We see a variety of strains as well. The smell of weed can get tiring sometimes. Smoking joints is a common occurrence and faculty do not mind. I also have friends that use marijuana for medicinal purposes. At this day in age if you are put off by marijuana then shame on you.

As far as harder drugs they are here. If you are the type to partake then go head. You can drink in your dorms with little worry. If you have an open can outside and you run into campo they will ask you to pour it out. It is also worth noting we have little peer pressure. In all, it is a healthy scene here.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They give good money but the school is still WAY too expensive to afford


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Tal Schechter
Stamford, CT
Health, Science, and Technology
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It’s true, Hampshire students have no shortage of complaints about the place, but the harshest critics are also likely to be the most vocal advocates of the College. There are few, if any, places quite like Hampshire, and the love-hate relationship many have with the College is based on the passion with which they view alternative, experimental education. Criticize they may, but most students would be quick to defend the College if someone dismissed it. Hampshire students don’t have a reputation as talkers for no reason.

This is a place where you get your hands dirty, whether that is out on the farm testing sustainable farming practices, out in the field researching or developing new technology, or embroiled in a campus debate over the College’s policies. To mirror the idealism that runs through this campus, Hampshire is place where people learn to make a difference in their immediate surroundings and the broader world. This is not a place for everyone, but it is home to serious academics turned off by the ivory tower’s strict disciplinary boundaries. Students are dedicated community organizers merging intellectual investigation and practical activism, the innovative and experimenting artists craving a safe haven for their expression, the brilliant slackers from high school who thrive in unconventional environments, and the self-described geeks looking to create the next big video game. Hampshire draws a weird, quirky bunch, and the result is never boring. Hampshire students may come to the College with a variety of different expectations, but they will definitely leave with experiences unlike any other.

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