Founded in 1821, Amherst College is widely considered to be one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, enrolling 1,800 talented, energetic and diverse young men and women. A commitment to diversity, defined in its broadest sense--geographic, racial and ethnic, socioeconomic--is fundamental to Amherst’s mission. Amherst students come from nearly every state and more than 50 countries, 45% of students identify as students of color, 10% of students are international, 18% of students are the first in their family to attend college, 8% of students on campus are QuestBridge students, and nearly 60% of students receive financial aid from Amherst. With a wide variety of backgrounds, identities and interests, Amherst students create a vibrant college community.
Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of 35,000 people in the western part of the state, the College’s 1,000-acre campus includes top-notch academic, athletic and residential facilities, as well as access to a wildlife sanctuary and a 10-mile bike path. As a residential college, 98% of students live in on-campus dormitories and on-campus housing is guaranteed for all four years of college.
With an emphasis on small classes (average class size of 17), close one-on-one contact between students and professors (student-faculty ratio of 8 to 1), and extensive undergraduate research opportunities, Amherst offers 40 majors in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and the arts, and students can also create their own interdisciplinary majors.
The Open Curriculum provides students with an unusual degree of independence and flexibility to design an individualized academic program, without being constrained by general area, distribution, or core requirements.
Through Amherst's membership in the Five College Consortium, Amherst students may also take courses at Smith, Mount Holyoke and Hampshire Colleges and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and participate in a wide range of cooperative academic and extracurricular options.