I'm currently deciding between Amherst and Vassar. Both great schools, but from the looks of it, Amherst is decidedly more academic. Even looking at the message board topics on the Amherst and Vassar forums, as well as on the Facebook groups for admitted students, the topics of interest for Amherst prospies seem to be mainly academic-related whereas those for Vassar seem to be more social life-oriented.
So, what I'm getting at...Is Amherst "overly" studious? I really don't want to be on a campus where all that the kids talk about is work, work, work. Also, are the kids somewhat pretentious, like I've heard (as a whole, I mean...obviously there are certain pretentious cliques around at any school). And this whole Williams rivalry thing is really irritating me...it's a bit elitist (like Harvard vs. Princeton/Yale...what a nightmare) and unnecessary, in my opinion. So, would you say I've hit the nail on the head on this one, or that I'm pretty far off?