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Collegeing in Amherst: Amherst College

- Alex

College. One of the most daunting words in the English Dictionary. College visiting. One of the most fun excursions I’ve been on in a while. This past weekend, TTT bloggers Elaine, Elise, and I (accompanied by my Mom) journeyed to New England to embark on the colleging process. We visited Amherst College, Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern University, and Brown University. The first stop…Amherst, Massachusetts.

The nice (or not so nice depending on how you look at it) thing about Amherst is its location in a valley of the Holyoke Mountain Range. This provides stunning views from various locations on campus—one of my favorite aspects of the college. Amherst, a small liberal arts college, houses about 1,744 students with about a 15% acceptance rate (thank you Collegeboard!). The campus is old (built in 1821) but many of the buildings look newer and refurbished.

Some of the standout factors for me were: the close-knit community, the location, and the Five College Consortium—which allows any Amherst student to take classes at: Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and UMass Amherst. The campus has a theater for dance and theatrical productions and also two museums: the Emily Dickinson Museum and the Museum of Natural History which were mildly interesting. For all of you who were dino fans when you were a kid (like my little brother was), the small Museum of Natural History on campus has the world’s largest collection of dinosaur footprints. They were pretty cool to look at.

One of the reasons I liked the school was because there are no “core” requirements, so you can take whatever courses you want. I also liked that it’s called “The Singing College” because music is BIG there – our tour guide said there are all kinds of choirs and bands at Amherst. (Even garage-style bands.) The tour was very informative. (Go on a tour!) If you are an intelligent young person looking for education in the liberal arts, then Amherst might be for you!

For more tips on visiting colleges, check out: www.smartcollegevisit.com.

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