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Campus Quality


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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Science buildings are the only ones that are outdated.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: All of the buildings at Amherst are great. Some of them are older than others, but none of these "flaws" are actually noticeably unless you really, really look for it. Overall, the campus is just really, really nice.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The social scene at Amherst isn't half-bad. Most of the parties are centered around the "social" dorms, which are the closest thing we have to frat houses. The student body is divided on them-- some love them, some hate them. If the "socials" aren't your thing, though, there's still plenty of community to go around (especially in some of the tighter first-year dorms).

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The academics are phenomenal and the workload is quite demanding. It can be difficult to find free time that is not detrimental to my studies, but I still manage to go out almost every weekend.

I do enjoy the social scene, but I am not sure what most students do on a given night (aside from studying / writing). I spend most weeknights finishing up class readings and attending weekly club meetings. There are always upcoming talks and panels on all sorts of fascinating topics, but the workload does not allow for much indulgence.

Nonetheless, the party scene leaves something to be desired. The "social dorms" are in a suite-style setup and often host most large social gatherings. Typically, there is alcohol and dance music playing with waaaay too many people packed into a common room. There are probably three times as many people as the Fire Marshal would permit.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I visited a number of Ivies and top LACs. Amherst College's great facilities were critical in convincing me that I'd love it here.


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As is the situation with the computer labs, at first glance, the sole coffeehouse, the lone theater, and the single gym may seem a bit slim to satisfy a whole college. Still, for the relatively small number of students at Amherst, the variety of things you can do and places you can do them in is overwhelming, and students regularly complain that they’ve missed out on some event or show because they just didn’t have time. The gym is state-of-the-art and has become a campus-wide hangout. Tennis, ice hockey, soccer, softball, swimming, basketball, and Frisbee (a big hit here) are all viable options provided by the well-developed intramural and club system and the copious courts and fields. Arms Music Center (the music building) has practice rooms equipped with (very expensive) pianos, and there is also a recording studio in the building. Students have complained that the practice rooms are always full and that the walls are not satisfactorily soundproofed. In order to fully take advantage of these rooms, the best time to access them is early in the morning before classes, but this can often prove to be a bit of a drag since not many college students are early-risers.

The architecture here is quaint and Victorian. During the winter season, particularly after the first snowfall, the scenic view is astonishingly breathtaking. This picturesque atmosphere can definitely be considered a trademark of a small New England college. It is pleasant to walk outside and enjoy the simple beauty of the buildings. After a few months here, you’ll realize that considering the small student population, the sheer numbers of treadmills, tennis courts, performance venues, pianos, sofas, DVDs, and foosball tables are much more than enough to satisfy just about any student’s needs.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
1,000 acres
Student Centers
Keefe Campus Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Frost Library
  • Keefe Science Library
  • The Music Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Campus Center’s game room
  • Schwemm’s
Bar on Campus
None, but on Main Street there are numerous bars.
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Schwemm's is a very popular hangout. The place is a little expensive. Try the grilled cheese and tuna sandwich, they are awesome, some say.
Movie Theater on Campus
The Campus Center offers free screenings of newly-released films on weekends. There are also a lot of movies screened during the week by student organizations. Frost Library offers a huge collection of DVDs that you can borrow and watch at either a viewing room or your dorm room.
School Slang
  • 'Cac: Abbreviation of NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference)
  • Eya lata: See you later
  • The 'Herst: Abbreviation/nickname for Amherst College
  • MoHos: Female students from Mount Holyoke College.
  • : Slide down Memorial Hill on a dining hall tray on the first day of snow, with your shirt waiting for you at the bottom.
  • : Go and cheer in the last football game of the season against archrivals Williams College. The same goes for basketball.
Urban Legends
  • Amherst has such a large endowment that it can afford to purchase absolutely anything for its students.
  • Parties at Smith and Holyoke are only attended by hot, voluptuous, and naked females.
  • That the hardest thing about Amherst is getting admitted. Once that's accomplished, it's easy to get high grades because of the massive grade inflation here.
  • That the rivalry between Amherst and Williams Colleges actually stems from genuine reasons, and not from manufactured and made up ones.
Favorite Things To Do
Chilling at Schwemm's and hanging out in the game room at the Campus Center are two options of wasting time with pleasure. There are numerous plays, dance shows, open mic nights, lectures, and so on, every week. A cappella is also huge here, and there are five groups on campus that hold regular shows. Buckley Music Hall hosts mostly classical music, concerts every week. The best thing is that everything, aside from some a cappella shows, is completely free to Amherst Students. The gym and swimming pool are near Memorial Hill. In Campus Center there is a game room with pool, ping-pong, and foosball tables (a big hit here), as well as a free jukebox. Also in Campus Center, Schwemm’s is the campus’s favorite lounging area.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 12 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 10 responses

  • 20% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 50% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 30% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 14 responses

  • 36% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 43% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 21% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 33% Walk around and appreciate the beauty around me.
  • 33% Have great conversations.
  • 33% Go to all the talks, events, concerts etc.



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