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Great school, incredibly bright people, great professors. One of the best liberal arts colleges in the country.
4th Year Male -- Class 2005
Education Quality: A+, Surrounding City: B
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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.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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People should know thatQuite BrightHistory/Histories (art history/etc.)
People should know that the school can be difficult, especially for science majors. The humanities/social sciences are reading-heavy but very relevant. I love this school and wouldn't trade it for anything.
1st Year Male -- Class 2008
Perceived Campus Safety: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: B-
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