Recent Alumnus 2009-02-18T20:33:55Z
There is a pretty reliable bus service if you want to go farther away, but downtown Amherst is less than a 5-minute walk. There are also good shuttle services to the airport in Hartford, Connecticut.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-18T20:33:07Z
Our campus has a fair amount of diversity. Since financial aid is given to students who need it, we are able to have a wide range of economic backgrounds. We also have a lot of international students. This is the part of the population that is well publicized, but otherwise the majority is white, upper-middle class.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-18T20:31:33Z
Amherst is a pretty close community. There are lots of great restaurants and shops. Large chain and grocery stores are a really quick car or bus ride away. There's also Northampton, a little down the road, that has much more to do. There are four other schools nearby, and we see their students in class and at social events.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-18T20:30:18Z
The parties on campus are pretty fun. There are dance parties and a lot of socializing with people you don't see day in and day out. The bars have nights for 21+ students. The best places are Monkey Bar and The Pub.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T16:58:46Z
Sports are very important at Amherst. It seems that most students are involved in some sport at some time in their college career.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T16:57:57Z
They are very nice, especially freshman dorms. Avoid the social dorms as an upperclassman because they are disgusting. Charles Pratt is the nicest freshman dorm, but it doesn't have a friendly atmosphere. I suggest South.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T16:57:09Z
My experience at Amherst has been great! I would come here again.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T16:56:49Z
The buses are free but are sometimes unreliable and do not run as often as one would like.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T16:55:34Z
The police are strict about the rules but do not actively search for offenders. Just be smart, don't cause problems, and you will be fine.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T15:24:04Z
Freshmen can't bring a car, but it isn't hard to find parking in general.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T15:23:31Z
It's really cold, so bring a coat.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T15:23:01Z
Guys & Girls:
The girl's are alright. We complain about them a lot, but they're honestly not as bad as you would think at a smart school. The typical student is friendly, outgoing, well rounded, and intelligent.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T15:21:10Z
A lot of people smoke weed. If you want to do other drugs, it's not that hard to find coke. You can find drugs if you look hard enough, just like at any college, but most people here just drink.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T15:19:13Z
There are some good Italian, Mexican, and Chinese places, but the best/cheapest stuff is just to get pizza or calzones delivered. Judie's is really good if you want to go out.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T15:17:29Z
All the freshman dorms are gorgeous, but if you like to go out on the weekends avoid living in North or South.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T15:16:43Z
It's a friendly town, and all the people you meet are really nice. There are some good bars and restaurants in town but not a ton else. There are four other major colleges/universities within five miles.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T15:12:13Z
Amherst has every type of person. It's the most diverse, liberal place I've ever been.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T05:49:40Z
There are a few "underground" frats, but they don't play a major part other than throwing the occasional event.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T05:49:03Z
Parties can be hit or miss. A lot of the time people pre-game and end up traveling around until a suitable place is found. Alcohol is always free at parties though. Also, if you are interested, there are several other colleges in the area where you can go.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T05:47:30Z
From a spectator's point of view, varsity sports here aren't great. People rally for the big games, but it's not nearly at the level of a state school. If you plan to play a sport, though, the teams are usually a great community to get involved with.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T05:46:24Z
In general, the facilities are in great shape. Any that aren't are either in the process of being renovated or will be soon. The gym is large, free, and convenient. The student center could use some new arcade games, but it's still functional, and the dining hall is well kept. No big complaints here.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T03:58:06Z
There is one dining hall on campus, Valentine or "Val," which I like because the whole campus eats together, but the limited hours can be extremely annoying at times. The food itself is typical of most colleges, except we have waffle machines and panini presses open at most meals, which I would highly recommend. Since the budget cuts, there have been a lot of complaints about the variety of choices offered, but when students get tired of Val, there are several good and inexpensive places to eat literally five minutes from campus.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T03:48:59Z
There are two main computer labs on campus in the libraries. It's usually not too difficult to find an available computer, except for possibly during midterms and finals week. Anyway, most students bring their own laptops, and there is WiFi in all of the dorms and academic buildings.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T03:46:20Z
Off-campus housing here is virtually nonexistent-almost everyone lives on campus all four years.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T03:45:42Z
The professors at Amherst are terrific overall-they are very knowledgeable in their respective fields and always available during office hours outside of class. The workload is fairly rigorous, as expected, but it is manageable if you are willing to put in the work. Academically, I would say that almost all of the departments here are very strong, and Amherst definitely lives up to its reputation.
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