College Senior 2012-01-12T17:24:46Z
Very Good Selection – There are many different places in town to eat. You can get Asian food, Sushi, Italian food, pizza, standard bar fare, frozen yogurt, anything. They can get a bit pricey though.
College Senior 2012-01-12T12:41:13Z
Free Curriculum and Diverse Student Body – The freedom from free curriculum is obvious, while the diverse student body says a lot about the school's recruitment effort as well as the potential conversations that can happen between you and your fellow students. First year dorms are the nicest housing on campus, and room sharing is kept to double, with a lot of two-room doubles available, which is a quite convenient arrangement.
College Senior 2012-01-12T12:32:54Z
Relatively Lenient Investigation for Drinking – Underage drinking generally goes by if campus police does not come investigate closely at the party scene.
College Senior 2012-01-12T12:27:47Z
Labs Tend to Get Crowded at Night Time and Final Week – Despite the many students using the computer, it generally does not feel like that there is not enough school computers. Besides, since free wifi is available all over the campus, students don't necessarily need to use the school computer all the time.
College Senior 2012-01-12T07:12:52Z
It's small and the professors are almost uniformly intelligent and caring; everything revolves around the students and their best interests. The most amazing and unique thing about Amherst is that it is connected to four other colleges in the Five College Consortium--this affiliation has allowed me to take many courses and meet a range of people I would never have met by attending one college alone. The connection to a large public university is particularly great; it gives me access to a vast amount of coursework, facilities and resources (especially in the departments in which we are limited, like Music) from the personalized, cozy vantage point of an Ivy-League-level liberal arts college.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-26T23:01:54Z
Workload is heavy because of all the lab rewuirements, but I would have taken the anyway for premed so it was ok. I liked being able to take courses in several different departments, and that also gave me lots of options in terms of electives.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-26T22:58:11Z
Liberal arts education, five college consortium, open curriculum, small and diverse student body, accessible and student-oriented professors
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-26T22:52:23Z
Very safe college town with lots of restaurants. Convenience store is present but prices are high. Must take a bus in order to get to the grocery store and mall. Not many attractions of interest in the immediate area but thankfully there are plenty of options on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-11-21T04:38:21Z
Study Hard, Party Hard (But Only on Weekends) – Most people would not consider Amherst College a "party- school" in the slightest, however, on weekends, there is always a place to go to have fun (which generally involves lots of alcohol). There is a drug scene if you look for it, but its not very outwardly present in most circles. Students care far too much about their grades to party much during the week.
Recent Alumnus 2011-11-21T04:35:21Z
Great Sports for D-III School – For a Div. III school, Amherst College has some of the best teams in the league. Both academics and sports are held to high standards. However, club and intramural sports are also just as big with club teams like Ultimate Frisbee and Rugby holding a strong presence in the school. School-wide intramural soccer and basketball tournament also get a lot of involvement every year.
Recent Alumnus 2011-11-21T04:28:19Z
Intellectual and Challenging Atmosphere – Though the political science department at Amherst College lacks diversity in subject matter, mostly due to the small size of the college and therefore the small size of the department, the professors we do have are all incredible intellectual minds. Classes are small and there is a ton of student- professor interaction. The professors are also incredibly approachable and are there to help academically, in advising or just to chat with as a mentor and friend.
College Senior 2011-11-02T07:24:22Z
Although sexual and racial slurs are dire offenses most other things slide. Campus police try to be strict in the beginning of the year; however, after the first few weeks they lay off. Pregames in freshmen dorms can be done, if they are done right and organized well. Drug use is easy to hide but if caught with non-hard drugs or alcohol the consequences are pretty benign.
College Senior 2011-11-02T07:21:54Z
Parties are all generally the same with a few that break the mold. Bar scene is limited with only a 2 or 3 good bars to go to. Rare houseparties are good and big, very rare, school or frat events are usually the highlight of the year's party scene. Rare to find anything going on monday, sunday or fridays. Thursday, tuesdays, and wednesdays can be dead many weeks. Heavy drinking
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-31T03:46:10Z
Cold, Valley – beautiful at the start and end of each year. however, it can be very cold and snowy in the winter. amherst is in a valley, so in general the temperatures are a bit lower.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-31T03:44:12Z
there is definitely a lot of drinking, but drugs are not used very often by the majority of amherst students. marijuana is commonly used and enforcement is generally not very strict.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-26T21:32:59Z
there are enough spots for cars, although you may not always get the lots closest to campus, but the farthest you may have to walk is less than 10 minutes, from one end of campus to the other. the security officers are very strict about tickets - you can't park on campus on week nights past 2am. you don't really need a car on campus, but it is more convenient to go shopping at the local mall or take classes at neighboring colleges if you have one
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-26T21:29:43Z
Not Many – Most students choose to live on campus. The few who don't live in frat or sorority houses in pretty nice and affordable houses that are close to campus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-26T21:28:50Z
Pretty Crowded, Poor Printing System – Wireless can be spotty in the dorm rooms, and gets very slow at high-use times, but otherwise very reliable. Definitely need a personal computer, because we only have a few computer labs that are almost always full at rush hours during the day. The printers can often crash, but they are implementing a new printing system. Not many colored printers or scanners.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-14T18:03:50Z
Oldish, but Nice – Relatively nice, and although some of it's old, it's all very accessible and generally pretty.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-14T18:02:12Z
Health & Safety:
Very Safe – There are almost no problems on campus; everyone knows each other to a certain extent, and although there is some theft, it is minor.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-14T18:00:59Z
Cute Small Town Right Next to Campus – Amherst is a great little town, with lots of restaurants and a CVS, but that's about it, along with a few banks and a tiny movie theatre. But it's a walk away from campus
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-25T19:31:17Z
Plenty of good places to eat off campus, from chains like Bertuccis to adorable hippie coffee shops. Just walk a block off campus and you will see dozens of them.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-25T19:30:11Z
Lovely Indeed – Robert Frost library is great for studying, alone or in groups. The mountain views are always appreciated, as well.
Only one dining hall, which is a bit inconvenient. Needs more modern performance spaces, especially theaters.
College Senior 2011-01-26T00:14:48Z
Very Generous, but Also Vague – Amherst is known for being very generous with financial aid and meeting all of a student's needs. However, outside scholarships can be a hassle.
College Senior 2011-01-26T00:12:50Z
Guys & Girls:
Everyone is decent-looking, and dresses similarly.
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