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students review The Students Review series is intended to aid prospective college students in their search by offering insiders' views of selected colleges and universities, as expressed by current undergraduates or recent graduates who have high academic ability. Note that the number of reviewers is small. Consider their personal perspectives as only one factor as you gather information and impressions from many sources. Our reviewers include 30 alumni, who major(ed) in: American studies (1), anthropology (1), art history (1), Asian languages & civilizations (1), black studies (1), chemistry (2), computer science (2), economics (2), English (3), French (1), geology (1), history (5), law, jurisprudence & social thought (1), mathematics (5), music (2), neuroscience (3), physics (2), political science (2), psychology (2), sociology (1), and studio art (1). (The number of majors exceeds 30 because some reviewers had double majors.) Reviewers' comments appear within quotation marks. quality of Academic instruction for undergraduates Reviewers praised the quality of the faculty and the individual attention students receive. Amherst is a member of a consortium of five schools within 10 miles of one another (the others being Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst); students may cross-register for classes at other schools. A free shuttle bus service runs between the campuses. ¢ "one of the premier small liberal arts colleges, amherst serves only undergraduates. only professors teach classes, and it is hard to find a class over 100 (with the average size being 20-30). in general, everybody has one or two close faculty 'friends,' especially thesis writers. as for resources, amherst compares with schools much larger in size, in part because the five College Consortium considerably adds to one's options-far more than what other small colleges can provide." ¢ "amherst has almost universally superb quality of instruction, with very small class 42 imagine Amherst College ¢ "one of the greatest attractions to me was the absence of a required curriculum or distribution requirements. for me, this meant i got to take a large number of courses in my major. Perhaps my advisors could have been more forceful in encouraging me to take a broader range of courses, but i appreciate the flexibility the open curriculum offered me." social life sizes other than a handful of intro courses and a breadth of programs that is incredible for a school of its size. amherst also has amazing first-year seminars that introduce students to the interdisciplinary environment of a liberal arts college, as well as great academic support, including writing and math tutors who are extremely helpful." ¢ "Because amherst is not a research university, the faculty are there because they want to teach and want to work with undergraduate students. as a result, students get a great deal of individual attention and have opportunities to work closely with professors without having to compete with graduate students." ¢ "i could not have been happier with my academic life at amherst. my major department, Computer science, was quite small-only four faculty members-which was wonderful because i was able to develop a close mentoring and advising relationship with each of them. even though amherst is not an engineering school, i feel that my department prepared me extremely well to go to graduate school in Computer science." ¢ "the school is small enough that it's possible to know all your classmates. You never see any strangers around (which can be both good and bad), but it really fosters a tight-knit community. the entire campus is maybe a 10-minute walk across, and there is only one cafeteria for all students, so everyone can easily see old and new friends alike. the campus itself feels like quintessential new england, with many 1800s-era buildings (now renovated) and a breathtaking view of the holyoke mountain range." ¢ "nearly everyone lives on campus all four years (housing is guaranteed), which fosters a sense of community. the school has a large number of clubs, so there are tons of opportunities for finding fun things to do. sports are popular; 80 percent of students participate in intramural sports, and a third participate in varsity sports." ¢ "social life is very good. Parties are inclusive, and the other nearby schools have tons of parties where amherst students are generally welcome (and there is a decent free bus system that connects the campuses)." ¢ "after freshman year, students have the choice of living in theme housing or dorms. i lived in the arts house sophomore year and loved it. there are also language houses, culture houses, substance-free housing, and even a cooking house. aside from the varsity athletic teams, all clubs are open to all people regardless of ability." ¢ "an advantage of the small size of the school is the ease of getting involved. While i was a fairly talented musician in high school, may/Jun 2014

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - May/June 2014

Big Picture
In My Own Words
Imagine, Design, Build
A Schematic of the Possible
My Life as an Architect
Blueprint for the Future
DesertSol: A Model of Sustainability
Across Space and Time
The Art of Summer
Selected Opportunities & Resources
A Digital Canvas
Rising to the Technovation Challenge
Off the Shelf
Word Wise
Exploring Career Options
One Step Ahead
Planning Ahead for College
Students Review
Creative Minds Imagine
Mark Your Calendar
Knossos Games

Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - May/June 2014