What are the most popular student activities/groups?
Social and community activism is popular on campus, and many students take advantage of the recently innaugurated Center for Community Engagement which helps students find service opportunities locally and beyond. A plethora of a capella groups, an orchestra, and an improv comedy troupe keep students busy and entertained. Athletics are huge on campus, with students participating in Varsity, Intramural, and club sports, or just taking advantage of the beautiful fitness center or one of several intriguing non-credit gym courses. Varsity teams can be rather close-knit, intense and cultish, but certainly keep things interesting on campus. Fraternities and sororities are non-existent, so the party scene is mostly dominated by sports teams which hold often zany themed parties that everyone is welcome at. Amherst is a very sleep-deprived campus, and generally you can find people up at odd hours of the night, just talking, hanging out, or getting into some kind of mischief.