I went to Amherst on Early Admission because it was my first choice and really have not regretted it at all. The school is not perfect. Those wishing to major in the arts or performance would do well to avoid it. Although the connections are good, the studio training is simply not up to snuff. In all other respects I have found this to be an absolutely incredible school worthy of its reputation. Classes are generally very small, and I have developed personal relationships withnumerous professors, something that simply is not possible at larger universities. The school's small size is balanced by its membership in the Pioneer Valley Five College system, meaning you can take classes at any of the five schools in the area, including the University of Massachusetts, which guarantees that you can find classes on literally any subject. The lack of Gen Ed requirements means students need to be disciplined and diligent in choosing their classes, but the rewards are very worth the work.