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Amherst rocks


Replies to: Amherst rocks

  • amherst08amherst08 Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    The admissions committee allocates 15% of the spots in the freshman class to athletes. Most people on varsity teams were recruited, especially for football.
  • blainekoblaineko Registered User Posts: 552 Member
    How is diversity on campus....do groups stick together, or do they mingle without many problems?
  • jeffs08jeffs08 Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    from a numbers standpoint, there are 21 students in the freshmen class (of 420-something) who self-identify as black (this doesn't count non-black minorities). from a practical day-to-day standpoint, the school is and isn't diverse. It is in that, on the whole, students are very nice, down-to-earth, and accepting of one another, and this creates a friendly, inclusive environment on campus. It isn't in that some groups of people hang out with themselves a lot, but this is just like the dynamic you'd see on any campus. Overall, though, Amherst is extremely welcoming for students of any group.
  • rjsmith1031rjsmith1031 Registered User Posts: 256 Junior Member
    I went to the Amherst Diversity Weekend last month, and the verdict is...Amherst rocks! At first I was concerned with how isolated the College was, but I was comforted when I walked around the town (very much like Ann Arbor, which I also love!) and there was plenty to see and do. Plus there are four other colleges (and 20 or 30 thousand other students) within an half-hour of the College. On the tour I heard lots of cute anecdotes about the campus, which was small and not exactly beautiful...I'll call it charming. (It's no Yale.) Every person I met was extremely friendly. I visited the Pride Alliance where I had a lot of fun. I met The Agronomist's (that's Jean Dominique to those of you who don't frequent indie movie houses) cousin and had really good pineapple. Both were yummy. Their "Rainbow Room" was a beacon of color in the dungeon-like Pratt basement. The Black Student Union was also very cool. They're really active and inclusive. I also visited La Causa, the Latino/a Culture House, and there was a dance party! Enough said. The dorms were really nice. The Pratt Dormitory/Insane Asylum, however, was creepy, but that is the exception. I sat in on a class, a Political Science seminar called "Secrets and Lies." The professor was brilliant but not intimidating. They discussed morality, sacrificing one's life, and Schindler's List using the writings of Kant, Socrates, and other dead guys. Very cool. Food: mediocre. Saturday night, the campus erupted with raucous parties. Fun was had by all. Overall, Amherst is an amazing school. Good things come in small packages indeed.
  • amherst08amherst08 Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    For a school of its size, Amherst is extremely diverse. I think one of the best aspects of being at a small school is that it forces people to mingle with others and not self-segregate. For example, my boyfriend is an international student, and from what he tells me, his friends at other schools in the US are shocked at how integrated and friendly Amherst is compared to their schools. (Ahem, cough, Yale.)
  • davidrunedavidrune Registered User Posts: 1,118 Senior Member
    This is progressively becoming a yale bashing forum,.... AND I WILL NOT ALOW IT.
  • cncmcncm Registered User Posts: 181 Junior Member
    hehe...but i agree, both Yale and Amherst are great schools...let's each leave the other alone.
  • kimfugekimfuge Registered User Posts: 835 Member
    wow, Amherst08, how do you have an international boyfriend? are you going out with a British or something?
  • minoritymanminorityman Registered User Posts: 76 Junior Member
    Does anyone know how the social life, especially for minorities, is at Amherst? I know Amherst is big on recruiting minorities, yet what about transfer students who are minorities? Thanks.
  • amherst08amherst08 Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    kimfuge, he's turkish
  • neobezneobez Registered User Posts: 801 Member
    So it's not overly rural/isolated?
  • amherst08amherst08 Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    Amherst is a small town, but with the five college consortium, it seems a lot bigger. There's about 30,000 college age students in the area, and a free bus system connecting all of them. Compared to Dartmouth, Cornell, and Williams, Amherst is very cosmopolitan with Northampton 20 minutes away, Boston 1.5 hours away, and New York 3 hours away. BTW, I'm originally from New York City and haven't felt claustrophobic yet. Hope that helps.
  • sempitern555sempitern555 - Posts: 3,350 Senior Member
    I visited amherst. Its not that great. SO what if they discuss philosphical stuff, we do that in ap english already. It just does not stand out.
  • firefire Registered User Posts: 199 Junior Member
    As a kid who has taken philosophy courses at stanford, I'm telling you there's a huge difference between what goes down in a HS AP Eng class and what goes down in an elite college philosophy class.
  • kimfugekimfuge Registered User Posts: 835 Member
    i would agree with that...also consider the difference in the teacher
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