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Reviews 218 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Cereal and pizza etc. is always available

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I got a two room double as a freshmen. I loved having my own space but also having a "roommate."

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Lots of drinking, crowded spaces--the usual. I've found it a bit disillusioning, but it's easily avoidable if that's what you want.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: All the majors generally have reasonable requirements, especially considering the open curriculum. As for internships, the Amherst Select program offers many summer-long programs around the country. It is a bit of a process to become a member (time consuming) but it should be worth it in the end. If the internship you get is unpaid and imposes a financial burden, you can apply for funding.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: if you're not on a sports team you are sool

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: the majors give you a lot of options to choose from

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some dorms are better than others but overall good

3 College Freshman

Administration: There are some communication issues

5 College Freshman

Academics: Amherst is a better education than any ivy.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never had an issue. AC police is great.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: You can always find something you like, it might just not be a lot.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: People are generally smart and really interesting. A lot of people look different than they are; make an effort to talk to people who look different from your typical social group.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: As I said, academics are awesome.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are incredible - smart, supportive, loving human beings that you really want to get to know.

The open curriculum is the best thing that ever happened.

Workload is tough, but challenging in the best way.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: This campus is very diverse in every sense except for political. The vast majority of people are very liberal. You will be fine as a more conservative person, but you will need to justify your beliefs a lot. Every other minority will be fine :)

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5 College Freshman

Majors: Psychology, and I love it.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The Health and Counseling Center are awesome. Also, Amherst college insurance.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Amherst town is beautiful. Seriously. The entire area. Everything you could want is decently close by and if I could live here forever I probably would.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Amherst itself has a number of nice places, even if they are on the pricey side. Every place is good, really.

For more alternative options, Northhampton is the place to go.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: I have not had any problems. Many students don't really talk to the administration and just complain about them. However, they are always available and willing to listent to students concerns. Some changes maybe don't take place as quickly as students would like to, but you can't build a house from the roof down.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Amherst is a place of incredible opportunity. The people are awesome, and despite everyone being super busy all the time, it's so worth it to take the time to spend with people. The professors are incredible, and there are just so many internship, study abroad, support and everything options. The people who complain mostly fail to reach out I would say - this college has everything you could ever want.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Well, I don't party, and I get by just fine.

For the students who do however, the socials and theme houses always put on parties, as does the Campus Acitvity dorms. The new powerhouse significantly improved the nightlife by giving students a classy, safe location to dance and have fun.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Can't really say anything, but people in it generally love it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Honestly - the first year dorms are awesome. I also love all of the theme houses, and although some of them are a little run-down, the community is great. The sophomore dorms are awesome too, so are King and Wieland. The Socials are the Socials, but as they will be torn down they are being replaced with beautiful new dorms.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: All need-based, generous, and so many support programs and additional funds if you need them.

It can be a hassle to deal with Financial Aid, but just because they want to do their job thoroughly.

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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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