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People work had and play hard.
After almost two years, I've never had a problem with an Amherst professor. I've found them to be extremely helpful. I've been irritated with the teaching style of a visiting professor, but she wasn't asked back, and every college has visiting professors. There are no TAs. The courses are challenging but they provide you with every support you would need to succeed. So basically, they ask a lot but do everything in their power to help you have a successful experience.

Social Life:
For such a small school, there is a surprising amount going on whenever you want to go out. We like costumes and semi-formals and throwing surprise parties for friends. Parties are open to everyone and the hosts of the party generally provide alcohol, so it is easy to find for free whenever you would want it. Socializing without boozing up is easy too, there are always a lot of fun events on campus, and if you want to go out dancing without the drinking, just do it.

Amherst will force you to be open-minded. As with any school, there is going to be a patch of freshman year during which you are always surrounded by people, and are having an unbelievable amount of fun, yet for some reason you feel decidedly homesick and kind of lonely. During this period you might feel like there aren't enough people similar to your friends back home (regardless of your background). But Amherst students are incredibly diverse and surprising. I've found that snap judgments based on appearance are rarely true, and that everyone and anyone finds their niche. Also, if you are a friendly/outgoing person you will find that everyone is incredibly receptive to it and you will make lots of different kinds of friends with different kinds of interests.

People generally have a low-key style.
Amherst students are very confident in their ability to affect the world around them.
Sometimes it will seem like everyone around you is involved in a million things, and, often, they are. People are diverse and come to college for different reasons, and Amherst values that. It does not select a class of only philanthropists or only investment bankers or only philanthropic investment bankers. Amherst will change you in the sense that it will help you clarify your interests (because you are surrounded by diverse people). Because it gives you the social contacts/tools for success, for better or worse it will make you want to be the best. If you go in wanting to be a social worker, you will leave wanting to be a double PhD and leading intellectual in the field of social work. If your interest is in making a lot of money, your experiences will clarify that and inspire you to be the wealthiest. If your interest is helping people, your experiences will clarify that and make you want to be the most successful at doing so. If your interest is in learning a lot, your experiences will provide you with everything you could possibly need to do that.

1st Year Female -- Class 2010
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Education Quality: A-
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Extremely over-the-top politically correct liberal schoolNot so brightBiology
Extremely over-the-top politically correct liberal school Liberal is ok but this takes it to new levels. Very overpriced for what you get. Many classes are good but several are simply agenda mongering liberals trying to publish a book. Town is great. Food is ok as are the dorms. Overrated school (as is Williams).
4th Year Female -- Class 2010
Campus Aesthetics: A, Faculty Accessibility: D
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Let me try to explain why I rated as I did. I would give the academic quality here the highest possible rating. Every one of the professors here knows his/her stuff and, while some may be more arrogant or "strange" than others, all are here for a reason. I mention arrogant because, as in any intellectually-charged environment, one is bound to come across those who are, let's say, "highly aware of his/her own intelligence" (heh) and Amherst is no exception. However, most professors are very approachable and willing to work with students. I rated the students somewhat lower because, again, as in highly charged intellectual environments, you're going to get the snobs and arrogant SOBs. Many people here are extremely bright but lack social skills altogether. If you don't like singing and prefer a social scene other than getting drunk and grinding with other drunk strangers at TAP, you might want to come spend a night here to see if you're going to get along. My main complaint about the school is the snobby people. Other than that, the campus is gorgeous, people don't get straight As, and the classes are interesting and engaging (the good effect of snobby people is that everyone speaks up in class!) We're also one of the only schools intelectually comparable to the ivies that is small enough to really form a community, which is exactly what I was looking for. Everyone knows everyone else's name here. Plus, the food isn't half bad.
1st Year Female -- Class 2004
Education Quality: A+, Social Life: D
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