I'm actually comparing Amherst and Brown on this factor. I'm wondering how intense academics are at Amherst and how stressful/hard the workload can be. Also, how seriously do people take their academics compared to at Brown? Because when I visited Brown I noticed students recommending or boasting about classes just because they were the easiest, while I see Amherst as a place where students are more academically driven (though maybe more than me?)
Any opinions and personal knowledge would be very helpful in choosing which college to go to! I'm looking for a school where academics are the priority but don't take up a significant amount of time, so much so that people have a hard time doing fun things for themselves. My sister goes to Wellesley where lots of girls never leave campus or even the library because they have so much work, even on the weekends, so I definitely don't want that. And I definitely see Amherst as being closer to that than Brown, but I'm hoping it's not as bad. Amherst doesn't have grade deflation, right??
And finally, how big is drinking/partying at Amherst?