“We will continue to give special importance to the inclusion within our student body, our faculty and our staff of talented persons from groups that have experienced prejudice and disadvantage. We do so for the simplest, but most urgent, of reasons: because the best and the brightest people are found in many places, not few; because our classrooms and residence halls are places of dialogue, not monologue; because teaching and learning at their best are conversations with persons other than ourselves about ideas other than our own.”
  —from the Amherst College Trustees’ Statement on Diversity

Diversity Initiatives at Amherst

Students at Orientation

Multicultural Resource Center

The Amherst College Multicultural Resource Center provides resources for students, faculty and staff, including a mentor program, intergroup dialogues and a multimedia lending library.

multicultural resource center staff

Staff of the Multicultural Resource Center


Diversity Programs for Prospective Students

The Office of Admission sponsors several Diversity Programs, including Diversity Interns and two Diversity Open Houses, to expose prospective applicants to Amherst’s campus, student body, faculty, classes and residence halls.


Diversity and Study Abroad

The Career Center has a helpful page on “Diversity and Study Abroad: Identity and Disclosure,” providing advice and resources for students from groups typically underrepresented in education abroad.


Covering Diversity

Amherst College is proud of its efforts to achieve and sustain diversity in all its forms and has covered those efforts extensively, most recently in an Amherst magazine article that focused on efforts over the past several years to find and accept talented students from all over the world, including community college transfers and veterans. Read that story, as well as 10 student profiles.

Statistics about Amherst's enrollment profile, including its diversity, can be viewed in the college's most recent Common Data Set.

Media outlets such as the New York Times, NPR , and The Washington Post and Inside Higher Ed have covered and lauded Amherst’s efforts to achieve diversity at Amherst College.

“What if more colleges were like Amherst?” asked Sophie Quinton in a National Journal article about the White House’s call to make college affordable to low- and middle-income students, and Amherst’s success in doing just that.

New York Times Columnist David Leonhardt chronicled Amherst’s efforts to promote diversity, despite the economic downturn. Another New York Times article profiled Anthony Abraham Jack, a junior at the time, and featured the college’s efforts to recruit low-income youth.

Amherst's leading efforts to recruit Pell Grant eligible students was the topic of this Washington Post story, while Vassar College President Catharine Hill argued in an essay that colleges should be ranked for their efforts to promote socio-economic diversity, and wrote that Amherst College would come in first if such a ranking were ever instituted.

In two separate in-depth pieces, NPR highlighted Amherst’s efforts to face the challenge of the “Class Divide,” and focused upon the Admission staff’s efforts to compile a diverse class in a piece titled “Behind The Scenes: How Do You Get Into Amherst?

 

Our Students

Devon Geary

Devon Geary ’13E
At 15 Geary was in a hospital, facing multiple disorders that prevented her finishing high school. Now she is leading a full life at Amherst.

Danielle Santiago Ramos

Danielle Santiago Ramos ’13
From Brazil, Ramos’ came to Amherst via a Fulbright program. She is a geology and mathematics major, and works to help her family pay for plane tickets.

Isaac Cameron

Isaac Cameron ’11
Cameron came to Amherst as a community college transfer and Pell Grantee. “Some of the strongest students here are from backgrounds like mine.”

Gregory Campeau

Gregory Campeau ’11
From what he terms a “no-college” family, Campeau, a history major, won a religion department prize and gave the student address at his graduation.

Anthony Jack '07

Anthony Jack ’07
Raised by a single mother, Jack “seized every opportunity Amherst offered,” earning top grades and the Slingerland Memorial Prize on graduating Amherst.

Nitya Viswanathan '07

Nitya Viswanathan ’07
A biochemistry major, Viswanathan studied a means of cell communication linked to Alzheimer’s, and won a grant for her research.


“We will continue to give special importance to the inclusion within our student body, our faculty and our staff of talented persons from groups that have experienced prejudice and disadvantage. We do so for the simplest, but most urgent, of reasons: because the best and the brightest people are found in many places, not few; because our classrooms and residence halls are places of dialogue, not monologue; because teaching and learning at their best are conversations with persons other than ourselves about ideas other than our own.”
  —from the Amherst College Trustees’ Statement on Diversity