Any Amherst alums? How are your opportunities after Amherst?

<p>I've been told by Amherst football that im pretty much a "no brainer" based on my grades and films, so im in if i'd like to attend. However, i had been talking to harvard, penn, etc. schools with a little more weight to their name. My parents (especially mom) seem a little skeptical of the opportunites that are presented to you after amherst, despite me meeting seniors on their team guaranteed 150,000 wall street jobs. Basically, im asking how it is finding a good job, getting into grad school, med school, etc. after amherst. Thank you</p>


<p>Harvard, Yale, and Princeton rank higher for placement for Ph.D’s, M.D.’s, and J.D.’s. However, once normalized for institutional size, Amherst (and both Williams and Swarthmore) rank above Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. Cornell is in the mix as well. You’d have to look way down the list to find Penn, Dartmouth, or Columbia because there’s a significant category of schools in-between HYP-AWS and Penn, Dartmouth, and Columbia (e.g. Stanford, MIT, Berkley, Michigan, Wisconsin-Madison).</p>

<p>That aside, two things to consider: First, from a statistical perspective, your future opportunities are determined well before you enroll. The character and competitiveness an applicant needs to demonstrate to be accepted to either Harvard or Amherst is the same character and competiveness to succeed at either school and consequently, compete for future opportunities. </p>

<p>Second, candor is needed on your part. It is vital that you consider your academic abilities. If you believe you’re not as academically strong or intellectually curious as other applicants, it’s an easy decision: H or Y. Both are much more willing to accommodate athletes. P is to a certain extent as well. AW however, treats athletes no different than non-athletes. This isn’t to say that you’ll flunk out—you won’t—but don’t expect admission to Yale Law or Harvard Medical. Remember that being accepted is only the first challenge. Expect four years where you’ll be challenged by school and your peers.</p>

<p>thank you quaker. I'm a pretty strong student, 1490 SATS, 5's on ap chem and ap english language, top 5% of 455. Academics have always been more important to me, which is why ivy league football turns me off a bit. i just happen to be a football player, its not my life</p>



<p>Where are you getting this info from? Not that it really means anything in the grad scheme of things or answers the OP's question...</p>

<p>yea hahah I wondered that myself.</p>

<p>Assuming you don't go to a top grad school after Amherst for law or medicine or any other pre-professional field, what can your job prospects look like? Anecdotal evidence is definitely welcome if it isn't completely out-of-the-box and atypical. :)</p>

<p>I think it's like every other good school. Amherst graduates range from Dan Brown to housewives to trust babies. A HYP degree does not ensure financial or professional success. My parents are H alums, and their friends are teachers, professors, i-bankers, lawyers, scientists, and diplomats with the salaries that are commensurate with their positions. My teachers include graduates of Cornell, Harvard, Stanford, etc. </p>

<p>I think you would do yourself a disservice by selecting a college based on employability of the graduate -- there are so many factors in addition to college name recognition. </p>

<p>As we all know, everybody recognizes HYP, but discerning employers will also know and respect Amherst, Williams, Middlebury, etc.</p>

<p>Williams Alum here:</p>

<p>I went to both a PhD program AND med school after graduating. Any faculty member I ever talked to regarded Williams with a large amount of respect, especially medical school-wise. I'm sure AmHerst ranks similarly...if slightly lower. (sorry, I had to)</p>

<p>The OP was rejected six weeks ago: <a href=""&gt;;/a> Just sayin'...</p>

<p>I suppose Amherst implemented yield protection. I didnt even know MIT had a football team.</p>

<p>Amherst's admissions decisions are based on yield protection as much as Dartmouth's are (cross-admits are split evenly between the two).. Which is to say, not at all.</p>