College Freshman 2013-10-16T21:56:10Z
The work here is significant but reasonable. Although the facilities aren't as top-notch as other places, the professors are able to give each student individual attention. As far as job opportunities, Amherst gives pre-med students a very good chance of getting into medical school and most students here don't find much difficulty in finding a job.
College Freshman 2013-10-16T21:53:11Z
The food at the cafeteria is alright, but it's the only place to eat.
College Freshman 2013-10-16T21:52:02Z
The school is small and so cannot offer everything, but for its size Amherst has a very good selection
College Freshman 2013-10-16T21:51:12Z
Computers work fine, but the library closes late and laptop connection can be a bit unstable.
College Freshman 2013-10-16T21:49:35Z
There are a lot of nice places, but there isn't a lot of good places. And the good ones can get a bit old.
College Sophomore 2013-08-07T15:19:57Z
Amherst itself is a small town, so there aren't a huge umber of restaurants, but what's there is very good. Judie's is the place to go for popovers when your parents/guardians are around to foot the bill, and Antonio's has $1 cheese pizza slices after midnight on weekends, as well as their famous chicken-bacon-ranch pizza. For a lot more options, Northampton's easy to get to.
College Sophomore 2013-08-07T15:15:56Z
Public transportation is really convenient at Amherst. The PVTA, which is the local bus, is free for students and provides a quick way to get to UMass, as well as the shopping center that has supermarkets, a movie theater, and other sorts of stores. In terms of getting to/from airports and major cities, the Peter Pan bus runs relatively cheap nonstop buses to Boston and NYC on the weekends, and the school student association will sometimes charter free buses to the cities on holidays.
College Sophomore 2013-08-07T15:11:50Z
Nightlife on weekends at Amherst for people under 21 pretty much consists of choosing whether or not to go to a party in the Socials (the suite-style dorms on east campus where most of the parties are held). For 21+, there are a few nice venues in the town of Amherst with good drinks/bar food/music etc. There are monthly school-sponsored dances, but other than that there's not a huge amount of variety in terms of the party scene.
College Sophomore 2013-08-07T15:09:30Z
The computer labs at Amherst are spread throughout campus so it's not too hard to find a computer. The only problem with the computer labs is that they usually get very crowded right before classes start because everyone's in a rush to print out lecture notes or papers before class. Other than that, it's usually pretty easy to find a computer on campus. However, it's definitely much more convenient to have a laptop than to solely rely on the school computers.
College Sophomore 2013-08-07T15:04:45Z
Housing is guaranteed for all four years, which means everyone lives on campus for the most part. The different dorms have different characteristics, so it's pretty easy to find what suits you (i.e., suite-style living, singles, doubles, etc.). Freshman housing is across the board good to great, and then after that it all depends on your spot in the housing lottery.
Recent Alumnus 2013-07-23T16:43:47Z
Plenty of options, if you get high on the lottery. Even so, you're guaranteed housing all 4 years.
Recent Alumnus 2013-07-23T16:41:14Z
It lacks a huge variety of options. What it does have is local joints that have been there for years that have become a part of a tradition for campus students to enjoy. Even so, they're not widespread in their options.
College Sophomore 2013-07-09T20:25:06Z
The weather is nice during the fall and spring but can get pretty brutal during the winter. It also snows a lot which makes walking to class kinda annoying.
College Sophomore 2013-07-09T20:23:59Z
There are constantly buses running around Amherst and surrounding areas. Students receive free transit with a student id so it makes it really easy to take public transportation.
College Sophomore 2013-07-09T20:22:29Z
Health & Safety:
I've never felt unsafe on campus. There is no crime on campus and I find myself not even locking my door most days. Campus police are always around for help.
College Sophomore 2013-07-09T20:17:56Z
There are a lot of restaurants located very close to campus ad easily walked too. There are also plenty of really great places to order delivery from.
College Sophomore 2013-05-29T17:45:46Z
Lots of snow and nice mix of weather makes the days more interesting.
College Sophomore 2013-05-29T17:43:07Z
The dorms are clean and even the bad dorms are not bad. In fact, most of the dorms are above average compared to national level, but if you go, you will see that some dorms are definitely better than others.
College Junior 2013-03-31T06:37:10Z
It's pretty tame around here, and parties get a little repetitive. There are 21+ bars and clubs, particularly in Northampton, but for most of your undergrad life you won't be able to get into the fun ones. School-wide parties thrown by student organizations are generally the best, since everyone comes and there's great music. UMass is really easy to get to and has large parties, but it's only easy to go if you know someone there. A lot of parties take place in the socials, but honestly these are not great. A lot of really drunk kids in a very small space with bad music- if this is your scene, perfect. If not, and you love to party, you probably want to go somewhere else.
College Junior 2013-03-31T06:31:06Z
Computer labs always have some availability, and most have really useful softwdescribing their experience of the conference, what you think you learned and, more, what questions/ curiosities the conference provoked.are loaded onto them. I've been able to learn InDesign, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, and many other programs here- all through our IT Department, which is very helpful. It would be good to bring your own computer- since everyone has one, it's almost part of the social scene. You can definitely get by with just using school computers, but since almost no buildings are open all night, it might be difficult to write papers at night. That being said, the internet is reliably awful, even with ethernet sometimes.
College Junior 2013-03-31T06:26:49Z
In previous years, strictness was a lot less of a big deal. However, a new Dean just instituted a policy that prohibits drinking in open spaces, which has caused people to have to take shots in their rooms and then go out. The good thing is, if a police officer catches you with alcohol- and you're not being obnoxious- they'll just tell you to put it down and go home. They're not here to get you in trouble, they just want to stop a loud party or make sure that nothing too weird is happening. All minor alcohol charges stay within the college's jurisdiction.
College Junior 2013-03-31T06:23:46Z
Let me preface this by saying I absolutely love the staff and everyone who works at Dining Services, and they are some of the nicest people I've ever met. The heads of Dining Services have tried very hard to make improvements over the last few years, like implementing longer hours and more options. However, there is only one dining hall on campus and the menu options are limited, repetitive, and overall not that great. However, being a vegetarian, I never have trouble finding something to eat.
College Sophomore 2013-03-26T19:12:09Z
Guys & Girls:
Almost everyone is incredibly fit. People here seem to worry about their health and looking good, which I think is a great thing. They are also very fashion conscious, in the sense that everyone likes expensive preppy clothes. There is definitely a stereotypical "look". That said, you can definitely find whatever you're into here. There are tons of good-looking people.
College Sophomore 2013-03-26T19:03:01Z
About half the time, the menu for the day is actually not bad. Don't expect anything award-winning though. The biggest complain is that the dishes get repeated fairly often. Even if you don't like what they're serving, there's always a salad bar with a lot of fresh options and a deli. This year, dining services started implementing a program called Grab'N Go, which is a godsend! You pick up a packed lunch (they're always yummy!) and eat wherever. No waiting in super long lines during lunch rush hour. Also, there are TONS of great places to eat in town.
College Sophomore 2013-03-23T15:31:38Z
Amherst Professors consider themselves first and foremost as teachers rather than researchers. Professors encourage students to visit office hours and personally go beyond the call of duty to help students however best they can grasp material. Teaching is a passion that is common from the Chemistry Department to the Political Science department. Many if not most of our Professors hail from Harvard, Yale, Columbia or Princeton and it is truly delightful to observe how eager they are to share their knowledge to students.
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