Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA

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Amherst* College is a small, private liberal arts college in New England. Its primary characteristics are red brick, tennis courts, ivy, friendly people, redundant food, great views, and the US News and World Report number 1 ranking, in no particular order. Other attractions include Antonio's Pizza, Sugar Jones cookies, and Smith and Mount Holyoke colleges. The town of Amherst is one of the most liberal places in the country and the college is no exception, although there is a small but determined group of College Republicans who refuse to give up a lost cause. The college's student population is about 1650.

Amherst was founded in 1821 and went coed in 1976. The school is named for the Lord Jeffery Amherst, who also serves as a mascot. He is best known for the introduction of biological warfare to North America, when he gave the local Native Americans blankets infected with smallpox*. Robert Frost once taught at Amherst, and the Emily Dickinson homestead is close by, prompting some people to believe that the two graduated from the college. This is not true.

The best views from the college may be found at Merrill Beach and Memorial Hill, both of which overlook the athletic fields. Amherst is also known as the "Singing College" because of the myriad of singing groups on campus. These include Glee Club, Women's Chorus, Choir, Madrigal Singers, Zumbyes, DQ, Route 9, Sabrinas, Bluestockings, and Gospel Choir, and I'm sure there are more that I'm forgetting. The college is also involved in the five college exchange with UMass, Smith, Mt. Holyoke, and Hampshire. To get from campus to campus students use the PVTA, a free bus that runs at most hours. Amherst's rival school is Williams College, which is ranked a paltry third by the US News and World Report.

Visit the Amherst College website at www.amherst.edu.


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