Amherst College

Amherst College

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Amherst College is a private liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts, United States. Amherst is an exclusively undergraduate four-year institution and enrolled 1,817 students in the fall of 2012. Students choose courses from 35 major programs in an unusually open curriculum. Amherst is ranked as the second best liberal arts college in the country by U.S. News & World Report, and ranked thirteenth out of all U.S. colleges and universities by Forbes.

Founded in 1821 as an attempt to relocate Williams College by its President Zephaniah Swift Moore, Amherst is the third oldest institution of higher education in Massachusetts. Amherst remained a men's college until becoming coeducational in 1975. Amherst has historically had close relationships and rivalries with Williams College and Wesleyan University which form the Little Three colleges. It is also a member of the Five College Consortium.

Honors: A Top Liberal Arts College

Amherst College News

Amherst College News Releases

In an underground storage facility that is about as far a cry as you can get from the excitement and glamour of live theater, a huge and largely undiscovered treasure trove of history of the American stage has been growing steadily over the past half-century.
February 10, 2015
'The last thing on my mind was that my own mother would pour olive oil on me, and for me to scream, ‘Anny, Anny! I’m burning! I’m burning! Please help me!’'
February 6, 2015
In February, March and April, four Amherst seniors-- Pepper Dee, Valerie Rodriguez, Daejione Jones and Bryce Monroe --are bringing four distinctively original productions to the stage as part of their final projects in theater and dance.
February 4, 2015
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) has named Amherst College’s Frost Library a winner of its 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award.
January 30, 2015
Discussions about race and racism can be painful, acrimonious or, perhaps worse, avoided all together. However, sensing the need to bring the national discussion here, Amherst College recently stopped everything to thoughtfully consider how this issue plays out on campus.
January 30, 2015
When Blair Kamin ’79, the Chicago Tribune’s Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic, recently returned to Amherst College to teach an interterm class, the subject was, naturally enough, architecture. The lessons, however, were in journalism.
January 26, 2015
Ever wonder what happens at Amherst during January?
January 22, 2015
The Fall 2014 course 'Contemporary Art and Curatorial Practice,' offered by Amherst’s Department of Art and the History of Art and open to students from all Five Colleges, provided hands-on curatorial experience using the collection and facilities at the college’s Mead Art Museum.
January 14, 2015
Last September, after years of watching, a team of scientists led by Amherst College astronomy professor Daryl Haggard observed and recorded the largest-ever flare in X-rays from a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.
January 7, 2015
When then-Professor of American Studies John William Ward was named president of Amherst College in 1971, he inherited an institution alight with many of the controversies that the country was experiencing...
December 22, 2014