I understand both Amherst and Brown have an "open curriculum". How do you think they compare otherwise? We're particularly interested in the social scene, the kinds of students attending, the music scene, access to professors, class sizes, amount of discussion in class vs. just listening to lectures, competitiveness v. cooperative attitutude among students, the ratio of work to socializing, and any other insights.
I have posted this question on the Amherst forum, but would like to get more input from people familiar with Brown. My son is also considering Oberlin, NYU and Macalester, so comparisons with those schools would be welcome, too. Thanks.