The Best & Worst

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Best & Worst

Best Of

  1. 1
    The beauty of the campus
  2. 2
    The sense of community
  3. 3
    The inspiring and warm professors
  4. 4
    The rigorous academics
  5. 5
    The open and tolerant attitude most students have
  6. 6
    You can have a good time without getting drunk
  7. 7
    Women feel empowered here
  8. 8
    Free concerts with big-name artists
  9. 9
    Amherst and Northampton are really close and usually have what South Hadley lacks
  10. 10
    Strong alumnae connections

Facts & Statistics

Happy Students
92% of students return after their first year.
Commitment to Teaching
There are 10 students for every member of faculty on campus.
Proven Success
81% of students will complete their education and graduate with a degree.
Knowledgeable Professors
98% of students surveyed rated the general knowledge of professors as above average.
Big Dorms
87% of students surveyed felt that dorms were more spacious than average.
Accepting Campus Community
80% of students surveyed said that the campus community as a whole is very accepting of members of minority groups.
Safe Campus
69% of students surveyed said that they feel extremely safe and secure on campus.
Help Finding a Job or Internship
74% of students surveyed said that the career center is very helpful and provides services to students beyond help landing a job.
Strong Alumni Network
78% of students surveyed said the alumni network is very strong and involved in activities on campus.
Learn from the Best
86% of faculty have earned the highest degree in their field.
Personal Attention
You can expect personal attention with 64% of classes having less than 20 students.
Help to Succeed
The school has academic and career counseling available to help you when you need it.
Get AP Credit
If you took AP classes in high school, you might be able to get college credit for them.
Work Part-Time During School
Employment services are available for students.
Help Getting Hired
Placement services are available to graduates.
Extremely Diverse
One of the most racially diverse campuses-53% of students are minorities.

Worst Of

  1. 1
    Widespread academic burnout
  2. 2
    The length of the winters
  3. 3
    That almost everything closes at 9 p.m.
  4. 4
    The lack of guys
  5. 5
    Forced meal plan, even if you don't plan to eat all your meals on campus
  6. 6
    Inconvenient parking, plus frequent parking tickets
  7. 7
    Club sports not being recognized as PE requirements
  8. 8
    Recent budget cuts
  9. 9
    Gay stereotypes
  10. 10
    The distance to the nearest grocery store

Facts & Statistics

Tuition is a steep $41,456, one of the most expensive rates in the country.
Students Can't Wait to Get Out of Town
53% of students surveyed said that there's no way they would live here after graduation.
Don't Move Off Campus
Average off-campus housing is a steep $10,940.
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