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Reviews 511 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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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.

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.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Amherst's academics are awesome. I will probably major in Psychology, and so far I am loving my classes. Everything is fast-paced and very intense, everything is discussed, and classes are for thinking rather than for learning the material. We are expected to be prepared, and it's awesome to have such a high standard. That being said, there are so many support services available - The Q center, writing center, professors, study groups... Don't hesitate to go there; they are all great.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is tons of variety in such a short distance. The main street of our small town is a block off main campus. There are ethnic and healthy options as well as the traditional pizza and sports bar establishments.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I'm looking into investment banking right now, and surprisingly, Amherst is actually a great school for that kind of thing. For starters, the alumni network is extremely strong and enthusiastic (if you email random alumni on the website directory, you'll probably get upwards of a 50%+ response rate). And most major banks actually do on-campus recruiting at Amherst, which is a godsend.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's been terrific. The open curriculum makes everything so easy-- I never have to worry about taking required classes, and the flexibility I have in creating my schedule is ridiculous. Most of the classes are reasonably small, although there are exceptions (cough econ). The professors are always very helpful and accessible.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: People complain about the administration, but honestly, they're quite lenient with everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It's not bad. I don't party much, but there are always plenty of parties around campus every weekend. Most of the parties are pretty open about who attends, too.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I don't feel insecure, if that's what you're wondering. It's a very safe neighborhood, and the campus police are nice guys.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Science buildings are the only ones that are outdated.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very accepting and tolerant campus community.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of authentic ethnic foods!

College Sophomore

Majors: I have not declared my major yet, so I am not very familiar with the biology program and relevant offerings at Amherst.

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College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had a campus internship.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: No off campus housing is provided.

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.

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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.

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4 College Sophomore

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

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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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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: many take out services allow the UMASS student ID to be used to get a discount or pay for their meals, but none of them allow Amherst College students the same luxury.

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1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: buildings aren't very well taken care of, ratty and don't have very good parking.

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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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