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IF you take advantage of the opportunities atPsychology
IF you take advantage of the opportunities at AC, this is a truly challenging school. Students tend to take on a ton of extracurriculars, and most challenge themselves academically (there is a range of course difficulty as at any college). At times I was overwhelmed, but it made me a better person to be surrounded by incredible students and supportive professors. The faculty and administration went WAY above the call of duty for me; I've been out to drinks with profs, over to their houses for dinner, they've called friends to hook me up with opportunities, etc. I felt so close to some them after my years at school that I invited three to my graduation dinner (otherwise, it was just immediate family and my boyfriend). The connections I made are also already proving valuable. Amherst is really an "ask and you shall receive" institution.

For the most part, the facilities and dorms are phenomenal. My parents joke that I went to school at a country club. The science building itself could use a little work (they are replacing it within the next couple years) but I can't say enough good things about the professors and opportunities (to do research, etc.) in the science departments.

There are a lot of opportunities to drink. I had a wonderful time socially, but it can be difficult to balance times to de-stress with the tidal waves of school work. Overall, I liked my classmates, and was often surprised by their range of interests and talents. It certainly helps to be outgoing here, because many students are kind of shy (which could be mistaken as cold, but these students are usually VERY appreciative of invitations and genuine friendliness). I would also recommend making the extra effort to befriend 5-college students in your classes and at parties.

Not the biggest fan of the weather. The dining hall food is also relatively mediocre but improving dramatically each year (also, there is a co-op on campus that cooks its own food, and you can live there if you really aren't satisfied...)I just wanted to note that the negative comments seem to be from non-Amherst students who may have had ONE bad experience for whatever reason. I'm really happy I went to AC and proud of myself for taking a challenging route and coming out on top.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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I came from the southeast, so there wasBrightEconomics
I came from the southeast, so there was a bit of a "culture shock" at first. In many ways Amherst is still old school, in that a lot of the student body comes from the traditional top feeder prep schools (Milton, Exeter, Georgetown Day, etc.) But people are friendly and it didn't take long to get used to. Classes are small and professors are great. I had a great experience here and would recommend it to anyone!
3rd Year Male -- Class 2019
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A great academic experience.Chemistry
A great academic experience...a mediocre social experience. The vocal minority at Amherst that runs the social scene subscribes to the stereotypical high school social heirarchy. Exclusive social circles are often organized around sports teams and quasi-fraternities. My theory is that many Amherst students were self-hating nerds in high school who see college as a chance to reclaim something they never had in high school. There is something of a social rat-race (more among girls than guys...a disturbing number of girls develop eating disorders...I mean, really disturbing...) Fortunately, most kids outgrow this by their senior year. However, the first few years at Amherst are often very difficult and frustrating for those who either try too hard to fit on or those who choose not to buy into the social system at all...many students become depressed as freshman and sophomores.
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