College Senior 2011-01-26T00:11:03Z
Very Diverse – There are so many people from all over the world. Amherst tries really hard to diversify the student body, so there are a lot of international students. Even among the domestic students, it is diverse. Pride Alliance is also an important presence on campus, as well as Amherst Christian Fellowship and Black Student Union.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-05T14:50:55Z
Drinking Takes the Cake – The drug scene at Amherst College is not really huge, other than smoking pot. Of course, it depends on who you hang out with...the more wealthy kids on campus tend to have access to more drugs, but I wouldn't say that they are used openly. If people are doing drugs, they're usually just smoking. Most students drink regularly, but while it is a more popular activity, it isn't forced on anyone.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-05T14:47:28Z
Lacking on Fan Support – Sports are a major part of the Amherst community, but because of the small number of students in the community, fan-support at games is low. Those who care about sports are often engaged in their own team obligations, and the non-athletes go out to support the athletes on campus less than regularly.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-05T14:41:53Z
Professor Willing to Reach Out – The major advantage of Amherst College is that the population is so small; this leaves more than enough resources for students to get extra help from professors and other tutoring services. I found that my professors were always excited to engage in conversation outside of the classroom setting, and it really enriched my college experience.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-25T03:34:29Z
It's New England – It's Massachusetts so it snows but the fall is really beautiful!
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-25T03:30:43Z
Show your student ID and all buses in the area are free!
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-25T03:18:33Z
Valentine Dining Hall – You can always find good food to eat at val but the food does get repetitive. Dining services does make an effort however to cater to all needs. This includes vegetarians and vegans.
Recent Alumnus 2009-04-16T06:24:08Z
There is lots of drinking on weekends and a fair amount of pot smoking. Harder drugs are most definitely available if sought. It all depends on what kind of crowd you're in.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-05T04:20:59Z
I have found Amherst to have an extremely athletic student body. We don't have the Tim Tebows of the world, but the average student here was a very good varsity athlete in high school. Intramural sports are a blast. Soccer, basketball, and softball are the big ones, and there are intermediate and advanced leagues in all three. I played basketball throughout high school and went into the advanced league here—the level of competition is surprisingly high, and the games are incredibly fun.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-05T04:15:42Z
There are a million places to get food and a million places to order food from. When I want to eat in town, I go to either Fresh Side, Antonio's, Chez Albert, or Arigato. When I order food after a long night of partying, it's usually Pioneer Valley Pizza, Bruno's, DP Dough, or The Hangar, which has the best wings on earth.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-05T04:14:21Z
Amherst has pot and coke, just like anywhere else, and if that's what you're into, you can find people to do it with. Drinking is much more popular than smoking, and cocaine use is somewhat rare and generally private.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-05T04:12:53Z
Amherst College is unique because it is in a relatively rural/suburban area but is also within 10 miles of four other colleges (UMass, Smith, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire). The town of Amherst is relatively small, but it offers all the amenities of a college town: great food (try Antonio's, Fresh Side, and Chez Albert), a couple of bars, and various convenience stores. Although the location of Amherst may, at first glance, seem random or unappealing, it is quite nice to be amidst the beautiful hills and fresh air of western Massachusetts, while being also being close enough to Boston and New York City for a weekend trip.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-05T04:07:44Z
I truly believe that Amherst College offers the best undergraduate experience in the country. The open curriculum, excellent faculty, well-rounded student body, and beautiful campus all make this the best place on earth. I have had the opportunity to meet amazing people and do extraordinary things during my time in college so far. I think Amherst gives you the genuine freedom to be who you want to be-there is essentially no limit on what you can do.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-05T04:04:11Z
Guys & Girls:
The average student is intelligent (Amherst is the No. 1 liberal arts school in the country, so the kids are pretty smart), athletic (60 percent of students play varsity sports, and those who don't are usually involved in club or intramural sports), and friendly. Girls are pretty average-looking, but it isn't a huge concern because UMass, Smith, and Mount Holyoke are all in close proximity. That being said, there's nothing better than a cute Amherst College girl.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-05T03:54:54Z
In general, campus police are here to provide assistance and security when necessary. They aren't out looking to bust kids. It's easy to drink in dorms if you so chose. Obviously, if you are running around campus shirtless in the middle of winter with two handles of vodka, you will get in trouble.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-05T03:50:47Z
You get all four seasons here, though it's usually pretty mild.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-05T03:50:12Z
A lot of people complain about the food. I wouldn't say it's anything spectacular, but I've always been able to make it work.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-05T03:49:23Z
The campus is pretty diverse, but I feel like everybody is pretty well assimilated into the dominant culture, whatever that is. It's hard to notice differences unless you really get to know the people, and then you find out all these interesting things about them.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-05T03:47:14Z
Not too many people have cars here, and the reason why is there is really not much need for one. It'd be nice to have for trips to Northampton or Boston, but everything you need is within very short walking distance, so cars are pretty unnecessary.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-05T03:45:16Z
Guys & Girls:
Everyone's really nice, and usually pretty athletic, but not too jocky. Everyone cares about academics, but I would describe very few as actually nerdy. Attractive girls are few and far between.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-18T20:40:53Z
There are two main labs on campus that can get crowded at night and especially around exam time. There are also random desktops all over campus that can be used to check e-mail. I would recommend bringing your own computer because there is wireless access all over campus.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-18T20:39:42Z
I really love going to school here. It's hard work, but the people are fun, and I get time to have fun too. I love playing basketball and being able to do lots of other activities. I really feel like I'm getting the most out of my college experience.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-18T20:38:41Z
It depends on who you're with. There's a fair amount of marijuana use, but you can easily avoid it. Drinking is very prevalent.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-18T20:37:48Z
There's only one dining hall, Valentine, and it's mediocre at best. There are lots of options-two entrees, salad, sandwiches, pizza-but the quality is not very good. There's a coffeeshop/café in the student center that is good but somewhat pricey.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-18T20:36:22Z
There are great restaurants within walking distance and short drives away. There are also a lot of delivery options. The best places in town are Judie's and Pasta E Basta and The Pub.
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