I am a current hs senior and just received my college decision results. My top two acceptances are Amherst and Bowdoin.
This is a hard choice for me. I am fairly certain that I want to go into finance, and I have heard that Amherst (along with Williams) are top tier, best-of-the-best among LACs for IB recruiting and placement. Problem is, I've heard over and over that the social scene and student life at Amherst has recently become ABYSMAL (got rid of social dorms, division in the student body, very bad food, not much to do...). Conversely, I have visited Bowdoin, loved the campus, and heard MUCH better things about the student life there (and apparently the food and dorms are amazing).
So... Would it be a smarter decision to suck it up and choose Amherst? Is Amherst THAT much better than Bowdoin for placement? And... For anyone who went to Amherst, is the social scene (and food) as bad as the internet makes it seem?