College Sophomore 2013-03-07T02:57:19Z
Drinking basically dominates the social scene. There aren't really other alternatives to it. It's been pretty difficult to find other things to do on the weekends, especially since the PVTA bus system doesn't get you anywhere efficiently. I guess if you have a car, you can get places.
On the other hands, drugs are not as visible here. Of course, it exists, but drinking really dominates here. In the 5 college consortium, Hampshire is known for their drug scene.
College Junior 2013-03-04T01:57:13Z
At Amherst College, there are no prerequisites or application processes for gaining access to a particular program of study. Once matriculated, the open-curriculum allows students may choose courses from every program without any restriction or general education requirements.
College Junior 2013-03-04T01:51:40Z
Due no small part to freshman conduct during orientation, new alcohol policies have been implemented that severely restrict public consumption. Furthermore, the Amherst College police are taking a more proactive role in curtailing underage drinking. There are not significant sanctions for being caught, but the stricter enforcement has put a damper on an already dismal party scene.
College Junior 2013-03-04T01:47:24Z
Amherst College does a phenomenal job at assembling a diverse freshman class each year. In fact, Amherst has the highest percentage of Pell grant recipients of any elite institution. The admissions process is not only need-blind, but actually prefers students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. Amherst active alumni and vast financial resources allow this generosity.
However, there are some issues with diversity that the institution should address. Students are quite active in shaping life at the college and are quick to point out ways to improve it. Recently, there has been increased focus on the effects of athletics on the overall student body. There is certainly a divide between athletes and the other students that is apparent in most settings here.
College Junior 2013-03-04T01:41:22Z
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.
College Junior 2013-03-04T01:34:51Z
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.
College Junior 2013-03-04T01:30:33Z
There can be some large snowfall, but it's not much of a problem. All the walkways are kept clear and staff lays down salt whenever snow is expected.
The first couple weeks of the academic year are on the warm side, so a fan is a good idea.
College Sophomore 2013-02-27T22:10:57Z
Guys & Girls:
Many people dress sporty. When they're not, they're still decently dressed.
College Sophomore 2013-02-25T21:28:08Z
The network speed and reliability is top notch, all buildings have wireless connections although there are occasionally spots that are not covered.
Computer labs are readily available and, due to the small size of the school, can house a respectively large number of students.
Printing is expensive but effective and efficient.
College Sophomore 2013-01-25T20:34:05Z
It's northeast weather, so it's cold in the winter and humid in the summer. But the school shovels the walkways so everything is always accesible.
College Sophomore 2013-01-25T20:33:05Z
No need for a car, campus is pretty small. The city's transportation is free if you have your ID card.
College Sophomore 2013-01-25T20:32:10Z
Computers are everywhere! It gets a little crowded in the main library at times so you have to know where else to go though.
College Sophomore 2013-01-25T20:31:03Z
Don't expect to get a certain amount of financial aid just because your parents annual income falls into a certain category, there are many other variables.
Recent Alumnus 2013-01-16T00:23:23Z
The scholarships are awarded on a need basis, so if your family demonstrates an economic need, the school will provide as much as your family cannot. There are no merit-based scholarships.
Recent Alumnus 2013-01-16T00:21:27Z
They have Macs and PCs, and a decent number of both. You will have a difficult time finding a public computer during finals week or in the evenings when people are doing their homework in the library, though.
Recent Alumnus 2013-01-16T00:16:08Z
There are three options for on-campus food: the cafeteria, where food is free (granted you are on the school meal plan), and two cafes: one in a library and the other in the campus center. The variety of food in the cafeteria gets old after a month, i.e., they have about a month's worth of variety. They have vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, but those are generally sparse. Many students say the food isn't so good, but that is pretty much the culture of Amherst College when it comes to our appreciation of cafeteria food. I do not think it is bad, especially since it is all you can eat.
College Senior 2012-12-31T03:21:15Z
It is easy to get a ride to the airport, whether it be from shuttle or taxi services or a ride from a friend. The PVTA bus service covers the entire 5 college area and the cities of Amherst and Northampton, which is very convenient.
College Senior 2012-12-31T03:18:31Z
Adderall is the drug of choice for academics and even the social scene. Marijuana is about as standard as any school you would imagine
College Senior 2012-12-06T03:28:07Z
We have plenty of computers--many PC desktops and infinitely more iMacs. They were very recently updated, and once you log in they respond really quickly and the wifi is great. Plenty of room to work wherever you go too. IT also has many quick computer stations around the dining hall, campus center, registrar's office and financial aid office so you can quickly check something anywhere you are.
College Sophomore 2012-12-05T21:38:54Z
The computers are very accessible in the library and are of high quality. They are all connected to wifi. There are also multiple computers around campus that are student-accessible as well.
College Sophomore 2012-12-05T21:36:59Z
Usually if you are caught for underage drinking you just have to speak with the dean but it is not a serious offense. The campus police are just generally looking out for disruptive people and aren't trying to breakup the fun.
College Sophomore 2012-12-05T21:32:20Z
There are a lot of restaurants in the town of Amherst and tons of delivery places for those late night hunger pangs. The restaurants in town are very accessible and there is a pretty large variety of food for such a small town.
College Junior 2012-12-05T16:18:02Z
98% of Amherst students live on-campus. Off-campus housing exists, but it's usually for students with special conditions or situations. It's available, but usually not worth it. Practically everyone just lives in dorms.
College Junior 2012-12-05T16:16:26Z
Pretty much everywhere in town is walkable. Unfortunately, you'll need to take a bus to get anywhere else, and the buses are, although free, very slow. Having a car helps but is not necessary.
College Junior 2012-12-05T16:13:24Z
Amherst is a need-blind, full-need institution. I've heard good things from friends about their financial aid, and pretty much everyone is at least satisfied, but it's important to note that the college gives you what you need -- usually no less, and definitely no more. It's still a significant financial burden, but they give out enough aid that anyone CAN pay.
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