Amherst, MA
Amherst College


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Recent Reviews

Emefa
What is your overall opinion of this school?

My love for Amherst College stems from the fact that it is an institution that trusts its students so profoundly, giving them...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

My love for Amherst College stems from the fact that it is an institution that trusts its students so profoundly, giving them the freedom to design their own curriculum, explore the depths of their interests and intellect, and become architects of their own education. Moreover, diversity lies not just in the race, thought, and creed of the students but in the courses offered. A prospective English major, the range and rigor of the English department at Amherst, that has crafted such fertile minds including the likes of David Foster Wallace, beckons me.

Patrick
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I've very much enjoyed my time here. People talk about the "Amherst Bubble," which is in some ways true, but in a good way. A...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I've very much enjoyed my time here. People talk about the "Amherst Bubble," which is in some ways true, but in a good way. Amherst and the surrounding areas are very much college and education driven. Including all 5 area colleges/universities, there are over 30,000 students here, so the feel of the town is very academic. The College itself is in a "bubble" in that everyone lives on campus all 4 years, there are no "commuter" students, everything is for the most part walking distance, etc. and everything tends to revolve around academics. The student body here is truly amazing, I think there are only a handful of colleges that can match it.

William
What is your overall opinion of this school?

A great place to study. The academics are serious, for sure. But the amount of academic growth that you'll see in your four ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

A great place to study. The academics are serious, for sure. But the amount of academic growth that you'll see in your four years here is amazing. Very strong alumni network with alums in the highest levels of government, business and academia. A wide range of very interesting people here.

Jeff
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Amherst has been everything that I had hoped for, and more. I've loved my years here and will miss the school, town, professo...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Amherst has been everything that I had hoped for, and more. I've loved my years here and will miss the school, town, professors and all the people I've met here. Most seniors feel the same way, excited to either enter the real world or start graduate school, but sad to leave Amherst behind.

Sara
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Amherst was a transformational experience. The professors are for the most part the best, the curriculum is challenging and r...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Amherst was a transformational experience. The professors are for the most part the best, the curriculum is challenging and rewarding. The sciences are very strong, I am currently in med school and the number of people from Amherst who get into top medical schools (Harvard, Johns Hopkins, etc) is impressive.

Mark
What is your overall opinion of this school?

It's an amazing place, they only take the very top students (for example, average ACT score for acceptance was 33 this year, ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It's an amazing place, they only take the very top students (for example, average ACT score for acceptance was 33 this year, which is top 1%), so the student body is very bright. But in addition, admissions does a good job of admitting well rounded students. The school is also very wealthy (the endowment is over $1 million per student), so everything is well funded.

Zoe
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Amherst has taken a while to grow on me, but overall I love my friends, my professors, the campus, and the opportunities it h...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Amherst has taken a while to grow on me, but overall I love my friends, my professors, the campus, and the opportunities it has afforded me. The campus is beautiful, there are many ways to get involved, and it is easy to make friends because there are so few students and everyone shares the same dining hall. Students say they don't like the food, but I personally like the dining hall food; I've been to bad college dining halls, and this one doesn't qualify.

Beni
What is your overall opinion of this school?

At the end of the day when you graduate, you have that Amherst name on your resume. The alumni connections are ridiculous ama...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

At the end of the day when you graduate, you have that Amherst name on your resume. The alumni connections are ridiculous amazing and the academics are above average. The social scene is definitely struggling, especially since the socials were torn down, but if you have a good set of friends you'll be okay. The food isn't the best at Val and there are limited choices outside of the school because we're in a small town. Overall I like the small town, close knit vibe of the school. If you don't like the idea of being in a small school you could escape to near by umass amherst to take some classes, I guess.

Julie
Describe the students at your school.

Gifted, curious, well-traveled, and smart mixed with preppy.

Describe the students at your school.

Gifted, curious, well-traveled, and smart mixed with preppy.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

You are about to embark on the most transformative experience of your life. You will make new, exciting friends that will open up your world and inspire you to think outside of your hometown. You will be pushed harder than you have ever been in classes and be on your own for the first time. Take advantage of this opportunity. Be the student who sits in the front row and talks with professors after class. Be the friend who seeks out diversity and doesn't just stick with the familiar. Challenge yourself to learn something new every day.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Take classes outside of your major that challenge you. Start applying for internships freshman year or you'll be left behind peers in resume-building. Don't just focus on finance jobs.

Haley
What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The student body at Amherst is generally very well-off financially. I felt out of my element and a little embarrassed about ...

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The student body at Amherst is generally very well-off financially. I felt out of my element and a little embarrassed about my poor financial upbringing.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

While there were certainly a good amount of resources to find internships during the summer, there was not a consistant focus or encouragement of the student body. I wish I had found more internships during my undergraduate summers.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The difference between high school and college is, expectedly, large. However, as an entering student I was searching for life experience as well as academic success. I recommend taking the time to assess oen's maturity level upon high school graduation in order to determine whether or not one is prepared to focus on the academic and career responsibilities associated with pursuing an undergraduate degree. Many students would benefit from the added maturity and experience of taking a gap year to work or pursue other interests. With this experience, many students would be more prepared for the academic rigor and focus required to suceed in college.

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  • 1,849
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $52,476
  • Acceptance rate
  • 14%

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