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Amherst College ( (listen) AM-ərst) is a private liberal arts college in Amherst, Massachusetts. Founded in 1821 as an attempt to relocate Williams College by its then-president Zephaniah Swift Moore, Amherst is the third oldest institution of higher education in Massachusetts. The institution was named after the town, which in turn had been named after Jeffery, Lord Amherst, Commander-in-Chief of British forces of North America during the French and Indian War. Originally established as a men's college, Amherst became coeducational in 1975.
Amherst is an exclusively undergraduate four-year institution; 1,971 students were enrolled in fall 2021. Admissions is highly selective, and it frequently ranks at or near the top in most rankings of liberal arts schools. Students choose courses from 41 major programs in an open curriculum and are not required to study a core curriculum or fulfill any distribution requirements; students may also design their own interdisciplinary major. Amherst competes in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Amherst has historically had close relationships and rivalries with Williams College and Wesleyan University, which form the Little Three colleges. The college is also a member of the Five College Consortium, which allows its students to attend classes at four other Pioneer Valley institutions: Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Among its alumni and affiliates are six Nobel Prize laureates (with its five alumni giving it one of the highest proportions of Nobel laureates among graduates out of any undergraduate institution worldwide), 20 Rhodes Scholars, numerous Pulitzer Prize recipients, MacArthur Fellows, winners of the Academy, Tony, Grammy and Emmy Awards, a President of the United States (Coolidge), a Chief Justice of the United States (Stone), three Speakers of the U.S. House of Representatives, and notable writers, academics, politicians, entertainers, businesspeople, and activists.

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  • My husband played his trombone for JFK one month before Dallas when he came to dedicate the Frost Library. I remember my husband’s history with Theodore Baird also who as a freshman English teacher....  more
    My husband played his trombone for JFK one month before Dallas when he came to dedicate the Frost Library. I remember my husband’s history with Theodore Baird also who as a freshman English teacher....  more »
  • We visited here after touring Emily Dickinson's home (right next door). It's a beautiful little college. We got a coffee and walked around the grounds in Fall and it was just perfect. Great... 
    We visited here after touring Emily Dickinson's home (right next door). It's a beautiful little college. We got a coffee and walked around the grounds in Fall and it was just perfect. Great...  more »
  • Amherst College & Surrounds offers three excellent museums including the Amherst Art Museum, The Amherst Museum of Natural History and the nearby Emily Dickinson House. The campus is a great place to....  more
    Amherst College & Surrounds offers three excellent museums including the Amherst Art Museum, The Amherst Museum of Natural History and the nearby Emily Dickinson House. The campus is a great place to....  more »
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  • I just visited this college as an outsider, but it's a gorgeous school. There's enough parking and greenery to make it a fun space to walk around. I'm a huge fan of the buildings - they are all in the same brick aesthetic. Overall I had a positive experience and I think it's a safe place.
  • My walk around Amherst college was very nice. The grounds are kept up very well. There is staff working there right now. They do require that you wear face coverings and maintain the social distance of 6 feet.
  • Amherst college -- as the third oldest institution of higher education in the state of Massachusetts -- is one of the most beautiful college campuses I have stepped foot on. Whether you're in front of the Seeley Mudd Building housing the Department of Mathematics or the Beneski Earth Sciences Building, the red brick structures on campus project a beautiful image that reflects Amherst's prestigious reputation as one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country.
  • One of the most respected academic institutions in the country, set on a beautiful campus. The fantastic faculty-to-student ratio, considerable flexibility for your coursework, and ability to work with professors (including research) directly as an undergraduate are all things that help this school stand out. If you are fortunate enough to be accepted, it would be a hard decision not to attend (as long as you are aware this is a small school, with a relatively small student population). We found the vibe to be rather low key, as opposed to some of the Ivy's we spent time at. The amount of money in endowment at this school (and some competing schools) also tends to indicate a lot of graduate loyalty.
  • Wonderful check-in day for my freshman student. Beautiful campus, friend student body, engaged College personnel and staff!

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