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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Being that Amherst is known for its academics, you won't find swaths of attractive people here. That being said, there are some decent looking people, especially athletes, that can be found on campus. There is definitely a hook-up culture at Amherst, but that does not prevent people from entering into serious or long-term relationships.

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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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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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2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: we need more attractive females on campus, they all complain about Amherst men not liking the women, but the reason is because they aren't very good looking and they are stuck up smart kids.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There's definitely a hook-up culture at Amherst, as opposed to a dating culture, but it's certainly not worse than any other college in the U.S. You can still date if you really want to.

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Both great couples and sizzling one-night stands have been known to flourish at Amherst, so don’t worry about finding your college sweetheart or the danger of eternal abstinence. You stand a decent chance at finding either one at Amherst. Contrary to what might be expected from a preppy Northeastern college, there are quite a few hookups at parties and in general—if this is what you’re interested in. Guys have more options than girls do because Amherst is in close proximity to two all-women colleges, and those students do well in making their presence felt at Amherst parties. UMass students are also visible on weekends, but they are, in truth, considered less of a catch.

Lookswise, there are people from many different backgrounds here, so you’re going to observe some very different styles and looks. People simply like to tease on this issue, which is why you’ll hear so many complaints about the apparent lack of Cindy Crawfords and Brad Pitts. There are not too many supermodels here of either sex, but if your standards are just a dash lower, you can find a lot of decidedly good-looking men and women. Sex, you ask? Well, in a word, yes. People hook up and have sexual intercourse here and there at Amherst. If you object to commitment, however, you’re probably out of luck around here, but try UMass, as things are rumored to be more open-minded there in this respect. Nonetheless, if you are searching for some interactions with the opposite sex, there are a wide array of options here at the ‘herst.

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Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Dance parties held at either Drew House or the Octagon
  2. Big theme parties held at Amherst College
  3. At sporting events
  4. Five-College dance parites
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Inside a music practice room, under the piano
  2. The roof of the Octagon
  3. Johnson Chapel, on the main stage
  4. The grass of Memorial Hill
  5. In the elevator of Moore dormitory
  6. C Level of Frost Library
Social Scene
People are generally open to new social contacts, and this is especially true at parties. Although students here hang out mostly with their close group of friends, most definitely dedicate time to meet new people. Some people, of course, are on the edges of the spectrum, being either hopelessly socially awkward at one extreme, or social butterflies on the other. You'll find very few unsocial nerds who care only about academics. Amherst students study a lot-but they definitely know how to have fun as well.
Hookups or Relationships?
Both are options at Amherst, but it depends on the individual. Amherst students are generally calculated about their relationships, and there may be times when they look strictly for hookups, and other times when they look for something serious. There are a great amount of couples that hookup continously or are on-and-off, but do not consider themselves to be in offical relationships. In some cases, students opt to stay off the market. Of course, people do leave room for spontaneity, should an exciting guy or girl come along.
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
Parties at Amherst College are the best bet to meet someone, both because Amherst students tend to become very open and welcoming when partying, and because many students from other colleges come to make an appearance-many of them are on the lookout for a hookup. Alcohol may have something to do with people's friendliness, but only sometimes. There's a definite sense of desire to meet new people at parties. After a couple of years here, however, some Amherst students become a little tired of seeing other Amherst students at parties. If by that time these students are over 21, they go to the local bars, which are also a haven of young single women. Smith and Holyoke parties, due to the favorable ratios for heterosexual guys, have ignited many imaginations here, but usually going all the way over there proves not to be worth it, both because these girls don't exactly appreciate guys only wanting them for their bodies, and because many Smithies and Holyoke chicks come here on the weekends.
Dress Code
What dress code? People feel free to put on whatever they like. Most students, though, dress casually: jeans, T-shirt, jacket, that kind of thing. Flip-flops are very popular in the summer and spring times. Overly flashy clothes and extravagant color combinations are usually considered bad taste. Many of the student-athletes on campus can be seen wearing sweatpants or sweatshirts of their respective sports teams. There is also a respectable crowd who prefer formal dress, and they can be detected by the nicer brands of pants they wear, because no one wears a tie to the dining hall or to class. In parties, most people show up, again, dressed in whatever they like, except for parties that are designated as formal dress, in which case you may still come in flip-flops (I've done it, nobody will say anything to you) but know that most people will be buttoned up.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 10 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 10 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 13 responses

  • 19% Casual dating at your school
  • 19% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 19% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 15% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 7% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 7% Long-distance relationship
  • 7% None
  • 4% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 4% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Casual dating at a neighboring school

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 6 responses

  • 29% Housing
  • 24% Common activities
  • 18% Classes
  • 18% Clubs
  • 12% Parties

How accepting is LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) dating life on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 83% There are lots of openly-dating LGBT couples. It is widely accepted.
  • 17% There are some openly-dating LGBT couples. A lot of people accept it.
  • 0% There are almost no openly-dating LGBT couples. Most people don't accept it.
  • 0% You won't see any LGBT couples on campus. It is widely not accepted.

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 27% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 45% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 18% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 9% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% Academic, passionate, open-minded
  • 20% Critical thinker, disciplined, loving
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