Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T03:39:53Z
Health & Safety:
Amherst's campus is extremely safe, aside from the occasional security incident or theft. I'm never afraid to walk around campus alone at night. The campus police are pretty lenient with parties but will shut one down if it gets too loud or out of control.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T03:33:05Z
There are a lot of intramural options. I play varsity baseball, but it doesn't seem like enthusiasm is great for sports on campus. However, there is great support for soccer and basketball.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T03:32:04Z
The only dining hall sucks-it is the worst. I find myself ordering out all the time, and the food in town and delivery options are great. My suggestion would be to get less swipes on your card and get more AC dollars, which can be used in town.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T03:30:20Z
Freshmen cannot bring cars, and parking is not very easy. The parking lots are located on one corner of campus.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T03:29:43Z
The dorms are the nicest I've seen at any college. I am in one of the worst freshman dorms, and all my friends from other schools commented about how big all the dorms are.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T03:28:40Z
Bring your own computer. The wireless connection all around campus is great.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T03:28:17Z
Everyone stays on campus at Amherst.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T03:28:02Z
Bundle up-the winters are ridiculously cold. If you aren't well dressed, walking to class sucks.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T03:27:22Z
The parties are great, and the cops are real cool about everything. Off campus, Monkey Bar is the best bar.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T03:25:36Z
There are many different groups represented here. While I feel it is a diverse college, the majority of students are still white. Even so, I feel like everyone is very accepting of all different races and sexualities.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T02:56:37Z
Health & Safety:
The campus is very safe, and the College police are really friendly. But be warned that if you cross Route 9 with an open container, the police from the town of Amherst get to deal with you, and they're not nearly as forgiving.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T02:54:24Z
I can't complain, really. People here are interesting, nice, and intelligent for the most part-or the ones I've met anyway. It's not too work-oriented or too party-oriented for me, and the balance is inviting. The College is very small, which I think is a good thing, but some people might not like that.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T02:51:54Z
Amherst is a nice, substantial-sized town. There are cheap and nice restaurants and enough stores to get by with. Eight miles away is Northampton, which is a very fun, larger town with a subculture. Between the two of them is a huge mall that everyone goes to all the time for everything they need. Also in the area are four other colleges, and of those, Smith and Mount Holyoke are girls only, and groups of Smith girls come to parties at Amherst all the time.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T02:50:18Z
The town of Amherst has some very nice restaurants. Most are affordable, and the few that aren't are great places to go when your parents visit and it's on their tab. I really like Freshside-it has amazing tea rolls-and Antonio's- be sure to get the pesto tortellini pizza!
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T02:47:15Z
The professors are really engaging and very easy to get in contact with. Most of my classes have been no larger than 30 students. The workload is what you would expect at a top liberal arts college. I plan on becoming a history major, so I have a lot of reading, but that should be expected of any humanities course. Another great thing about Amherst is that there is no core curriculum, so my fear of the sciences can't hurt my grades.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T02:46:53Z
We have buses that run late and go between all the towns and colleges in the area. It takes a long time to get anywhere, but they're reliable. I know some kind of safe ride thing exists, but the campus is so small and so safe that I've never seen a reason to use it.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T02:44:59Z
The gym is incredibly nice. People compare it to a country club. The student center is tiny, but it gets the job done and is nice inside, so people like to go there. It contains the only place to eat on campus aside from the cafeteria, but that's not so important because town is so close by. The libraries are just basic and ugly but good enough.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T02:43:01Z
Like anywhere else, there are potheads and there's a fringe of people doing harder drugs. But it's small.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T02:41:59Z
The campus police are not very strict. They don't like alcohol in freshman dorms, and they respond to noise complaints, but there really seems to be a tacit acceptance of widespread underage drinking. They do seem to know where all of the parties are and occasionally half-heartedly "bust" one, but "getting caught" is not a very big deal.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T02:39:47Z
It's small, very self contained and completely underground. I have a few friends pledging, but I have never once been to a frat party, and that's typical. They have their own parties, but the ones most people go to are put together by other groups.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T02:36:42Z
Guys & Girls:
Everyone is a nerd on some level or else they wouldn't be at Amherst. Everyone has some things in common-one being that they're all smart. Within that, though, we have a substantial population of hipsters and other groups like that. But I've been surprised at how many people don't fit in to a group and are just individuals. Also, people always complain about the girls not being hot enough, and I agree.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T01:41:44Z
The freshman dorms are the newest and nicest. Some people call Charles Pratt "Hogwarts" because of how cool it looks from the outside and the huge main staircase inside.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T01:40:29Z
Coming to Amherst was the best decision of my life. I love it here so much, even if the small campus does seem a bit stifling at times. You can definitely find a good balance between your social life and your workload.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T01:39:02Z
There's always work to be done, but everyone at Amherst is pretty much in the same boat, so you never feel like the only one with a lot of work to do. The professors are amazing and very engaging, even in the few larger classes offered.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-17T01:38:00Z
There are fraternities that are not recognized by the College, so they are all off campus. They throw a couple of big parties throughout the year but aren't a constant on the social scene. Sports teams take the place of frats as far as throwing parties and dominating the social scene.
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