Amherst College Visit Report by wrldtravlr
Visit to Amherst College in May 2013 by wrldtravlr(Parent of Student, HS Class of 2011)
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Information Session: Yes - Small info session with admissions rep and student around the very table featured on NPR's "Behind the Scenes" feature about the process. Lots of good information and answered all ques
Campus Tour: Yes - Great tour guide; seems like we saw the entire campus, though Amherst does have 1000 acres. Good personal anecdotes, volunteered email address for further questions.
Classroom Visit: No - Summer Visit
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Campus Visit Notes for Amherst College
Fairly small (compared to Ivies), intimate information session around a conference table. I thought it was interesting that some of the parents muscled their way to the conference table to sit with their kids, leaving other prospective students on the outer ring of chairs (for the parents), which made it a little more difficult to participate for them, as the information session was completely directed to the students at the table.
Admissions officer was somewhat elitist and academic, but nice, very much an ivory tower feeling. Hadn't gotten that vibe at any of the Ivies we visited. They push the consortium quite a bit, but I got the impression that Amherst is used by the other colleges much more than the Amherst students use the other colleges.
They do appear to have loads of money, and they are not afraid to spend it on their students.
Campus was beyond gorgeous; I bet they film lots of movies there. Freshman are not allowed to have cars. They only have 1 dining hall; I thought this was a negative, but the tour guide liked it because there it is the social gathering spot, and there is always someone to eat with. It would have been nice to see the town with all the Amherst and U-Mass students around, because I'm sure it was much, much different. DS liked the town, it didn't appeal much to me.
Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:
We stayed at the Clarion Hotel in Northampton, which was about 8 miles away. Very quiet, but there are closer hotels.
Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:
Dinner at Miss Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant, downtown; good food.
Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):
Easy parking right in front of admissions office.