College Sophomore 2012-11-21T22:53:19Z
Food at Val (valentine hall) sucks. It is the only dining hall on campus and the hours are pretty bad. Breakfast is from 7:30-10 and then lunch is from 11-2. Dinner is from 4:30-7:30 (usually is missed by sport practices).
There is a traditional side that serves okay food and also a "lighter side" which always serves grilled chicken. There is a pizza and pasta bar but that is usually limited.
The only good thing from Val is their self-made smoothies, which is only during breakfast, and their self-made salads.
Freshmen are required to get unlimited so you can swipe in and out whenever you want.
College Sophomore 2012-11-21T22:48:48Z
Basically varsity jocks rule the school. About 40% of the freshmen class is recruited. During orientation, the athletic teams have mixers that usually are only for athletes and they are so tight-knit, the separation between athlete and non-athlete is pretty wide. However there are many club sports and intramural sports you can join. The athletic complex is pretty small but is perfect for the size of the school.
College Sophomore 2012-11-21T22:45:44Z
The nightlife is pretty chill. There are specific upperclassmen dorms called the Socials in which all the parties take place in. Because there are no "real" frats, athletic teams usually host the parties. However, there are some underground frats that do hosts parties on the weekends. Usually people go on Thursday-Sunday. It's a work-hard/play-hard type of culture. Sometimes the college will host TAPs (organized parties) but usually those are pretty lame. Great parties are hosted by the BSU (black student union) and Crossett Christmas is pretty wild. Other organizations/clubs will host parties, i.e. GAP (Gay Amherst Parties). You will see other five college students (especially Holyoke girls and Umass guys) on the weekends.
College Sophomore 2012-11-21T22:39:05Z
There is a computer lab in the Library that is able to print. Printing on campus is not that much of a hassle because you are able to charge it onto your account. The computer lab is always busy though and it is kind of hard to find a free computer. However, there are random computers in other parts of the campus, i.e. the campus center and usually they are free.
At night, when most people are using the internet, the network speed is pretty slow but there is an alternate wireless network you can join which is a little faster. Most people bring their own laptops and printer so the need to use the school's printer is not as great, usually other people will let you use their printers.
College Junior 2012-10-06T06:42:08Z
There isn't too much of a drug scene though you can always visit Hampshire if you're looking.
College Junior 2012-10-06T06:40:31Z
There are lots of computers in the library (both Mac and PC) and other places on campus so if you don't have a laptop, you're covered.
College Junior 2012-10-06T06:37:52Z
The fact that housing is guaranteed all four years makes housing great at Amherst. Everyone lives on campus and so you see each other often or at certain dorm events. Freshman and Senior housing is the best, though even the worst dorms here are better than the ones I've seen as state schools.
College Junior 2012-08-25T11:46:12Z
Many Different Types of Food – There are lots of different places off campus to eat from Thai to noodles. If you get tired of the restaurants you can hop on the bus to Northhampton. I certainly recommend Panda East and Veracruzana!
College Junior 2012-08-25T11:39:24Z
Amazing Professors and Curriculum – I love the small size of the classes and the fact that I can choose my own classes with the open curriculum. I don't have to take a math or science class if I don't want to and all of the students in my class WANT to be there since there are no required classes.
College Junior 2012-07-30T18:09:59Z
You can visit any of the other four colleges (Smith, Umass, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke) for free as a student! They all stop sometime after 2AM but it's very convenient during the day. It also takes you to the local mall or any other towns that have great food or places to shop.
College Junior 2012-07-30T18:04:48Z
Health & Safety:
Completely Safe – I never hear about any crime other than people getting drunk and using the bathroom where they shouldn't. I feel safe walking around at 3 in the morning, and any time in the day. There is a student run medical service that deals with smaller things the police doesn't need to and they're great, almost like a friend helping you out when you're in trouble. The people are generally hands-off, as long as you aren't being blatant about what you're doing in front of them. There's also a number you can call that will take you anywhere on campus in the evenings if you don't want to walk at night.
College Junior 2012-07-30T17:59:30Z
Everyone in the financial aid office really want to help you. Amherst has a lot of money and they want to give it out but you have to reach out to them. They're extremely helpful to low-income students (they give out a lot of money to us) and are really on top of you when it comes to getting all of your forms in. They're very organized so nothing ever gets lost. The fact that Amherst meets 100% of your need and accepts you whether you can afford it or not makes it one of the top schools according to financial aid.
College Junior 2012-07-30T17:48:14Z
Better Than People Think! While opinions vary across campus, I think out dining hall is great! The fact that there is only one dining hall promotes a tight-knit community. They've made many improvements over the years (the salad bar is awesome, a few times a year there it's open late) and it can only get better. There's also a cafe for everything you want that the dining hall doesn't have (or that you don't want to make yourself!) You also get free swipes for friends each semester so you never have to pay for visitors unless you overdo it.
College Junior 2012-06-07T12:40:21Z
Extreme Variety – The town of Amherst, all within easy walking distance of the dorms, includes a huge and delicious variety of restaurants. Most of the town buisnesses are restaurants and they all offer unique cuisines. From delicious and quick late-night pizza by the slice to more up-scale sit-down dining for parents, there is literally a place for any pallate. The main street in the town houses restaurants including Thai, Mexican, Middle-Eastern, a creparie, a burger place, ice cream, three bars, and an American restaurant specilizing in popovers.
College Junior 2012-06-07T12:34:00Z
English and Enviornmental Studies – You do not need to declare a major until the end of your Sophomore Year at Amherst so there is no rush to decide right away and the college encourages you to explore a variety of interests. Once declared there is still plenty of room to try new things, as the college does not have any core requirements.
College Junior 2012-06-07T12:26:17Z
Love It! Amherst is a great community of people (students, faculty and staff) who are all happy to be there and eager to make others feel the same way. I found a nuturing environment almost from the begining, in everything from the social sphere to athletics and academics. There is the occasional student who might not fit in entirely but for the most part the student body seems to have found their variable niches and settled into a happy educational experience at Amherst. I dred leaving campus even for a weekend visit home and miss it constantly when I'm not there, Amherst is really an absolutly great place to be.
College Junior 2012-06-07T12:23:34Z
Pretty Good – Registration for classes isn't exactly seemless but once the semester has begun classes are overall enjoyable and highly educational. If you choose classes you are interested in you are likley to enjoy them. Professors are very engaging and highly knowledgable about their topics; they have often been teaching their classes for years and have a formula down pat.. Extra help and office hours are accessible and the classroom enviornments are comfortable and productive.
College Junior 2012-06-07T03:17:27Z
Small Town, but Rather Boring – A few typical restaurants - but you will get bored if you focus on "attractions" and "cultural events". However, if you choose to focus on your studies while taking a walk once in a while to enjoy the beautiful NE landscapes, it will be intellectual heaven.
College Junior 2012-01-19T20:41:48Z
The college is not extremely strict about drugs, but it does work to restrict underage drinking and use of illegal drugs. It's really not very difficult for anyone wanting to drink or smoke pot to obtain some. Drugs really aren't a nuisance though. Probably the majority of students drink, but usually moderately and for parties. Pot is almost always kept to one's dorm room. There is only very, very mild pressure to drink.
In general, the college is fairly laid back, drugs are available but not a nuisance, and everyone's chill about it.
College Junior 2012-01-19T20:37:15Z
Very Diverse Campus – Amherst is extremely diverse. The generous financial aid program ensures that there are many students of all socioeconomic positions. There is also significant racial and geographical diversity. There are students from all over the country, and 10% of Amherst students are international (I have friends from China, Zimbabwe, Uruguay, New Zealand, Jamaica, etc.). I'm not sure of the percentages, but there are a pretty large number of blacks and Asians. There's also a reasonably sized gay community at Amherst. The college places quite a lot of emphasis on tolerance and acceptance, but it's quite unnecessary. Everyone at Amherst is very open and accepting. Religious diversity is moderate, with many Christian faiths, a sizable Jewish population, and a large number of atheist/agnostic/irreligious students, though few representatives of Eastern religions.
College Junior 2012-01-19T20:27:24Z
Good College Town Dining – First on the list has to be Antonio's. Antonio's is frequented by almost all Amherst College and UMass Amherst students. It's got great pizza (and something like 100 varieties) at fairly low prices - generally around $3.00 a slice (the slices are fairly large).
There are numerous other restaurants, including Vera Cruzana (Mexican), Bertucci's (Italian food), Pasta e Basta (more Italian food), Sugar Jones Cookies (they deliver cookies), Baku's African Restaurant (gluten and lactose free), Bart's Homemade Ice cream and Cafe, Loose Goose Cafe, Bueno y Sano (more Mexican), Amherst Creperie, Mango Mango, Arigato Sushi, and probably just as many I've forgotten.
The food is good almost everywhere. Some places are pricier than others, though. The Creperie, for example, might be a little out of a college student's price range so far as the price to mass ratio goes. The variety is excellent. For some students it's tough to say no very often to Val's "free" meals, but when they get old, there's a lot of good food to choose from.
College Senior 2012-01-12T19:01:25Z
I Couldn't Pass up This Place – The students are amazing and diverse people, the professors are highly accessible and very passionate about what they do, the area is stunningly beautiful, the 5 college consortium is a unique arrangement between our sister schools and us, and Boston is only an hour and a half away. What more could you want?
College Senior 2012-01-12T18:57:41Z
People Are Usually Pretty Responsible – A large portion of the student body drinks, but most people won't pressure you into doing it yourself. Also, people here respect other peoples' choices not to drink/smoke/etc.
College Senior 2012-01-12T18:53:57Z
Health & Safety:
No Problems Here! I've never felt at all not safe on this campus. Because of the high level of trust here, many students here don't even lock their doors. I've only known one person who has had anything happen to them.
College Senior 2012-01-12T17:26:59Z
Top of the Line – Amherst has the best freshman dorms around, and it is nearly impossible to get housing that isn't a great social space with great rooms.
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