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Frequently Asked Questions
Below are answers to the questions most often e-mailed to us. Detailed information about Amherst admission, alumni, athletics, campus news and events, academics, student life, people and the library can be found in their respective sections of the Amherst site. Remaining questions may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Where is Amherst College?
Amherst College is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of 35,000 people in the western part of the state. The college is a 90-minute drive from Boston and a three-hour drive from New York. (Directions)
2. What is Amherst’s mailing address?
The general Amherst College address is P.O. Box 5000, Amherst, MA 01002-5000. If possible, include an individual name or department name in your address.
3. What is Amherst’s phone number?
The general Amherst College number is 413/542-2000. Many offices and organizations list their phone numbers on their own Websites. All Amherst College phone numbers are in area code 413; the on-campus prefix is 542-.
4. I’m a high school student thinking of applying to Amherst. How can I get more information about the school?
Check out the Admission pages on this Website. You can also request an information packet—a Viewbook, a Financing Amherst Brochure and (beginning the August before you apply) an Application, as well as announcements about Amherst events in your area and other important news as it occurs.
5. I’m thinking of applying to Amherst. How can I arrange a visit to campus?
We encourage you to explore the Amherst community first-hand. The Admission Office offers campus tours, admission information sessions, financial aid information sessions, and overnight stays. You’re also welcome to explore on your own schedule. Our campus is open and easy to negotiate, and you can pick up a map and self-guided tour at the Admission Office. You may also want to check out the Online Tour; it’s not a substitute for a visit to campus, but it will help give you a sense of this place.
6. I’m interested in earning a master’s degree at Amherst. How can I get more information?
Amherst College is a four-year, residential liberal arts college that offers the B.A. degree in 36 majors. Amherst College does not award degrees beyond the B.A. degree. You may be thinking of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, which is located in the same town as Amherst College.
7. How can I get the e-mail address of my friend, who’s a student/faculty member/staff member at Amherst?
Look up your friend in the Campus Directory.
8. When was Amherst founded?
Amherst College was founded in 1821 by Congregational clergy and Amherst citizens including lexicographer Noah Webster and Samuel Fowler Dickinson (Emily Dickinson’s grandfather). This group sought to create a non-sectarian institution that would educate young men—especially poor but talented students—for the ministry and other vocations. Amherst today is an independent liberal arts college for young men and women.
9. When did Amherst become coeducational?
In November 1974, after four years of formal review, the Board of Trustees determined (by a vote of 15 to 3) that Amherst would become a college for men and women. In Fall 1975, 94 women students began classes at Amherst; 79 of these women were transfer students, and 15 were Twelve College Exchange students. Of these 15, nine chose to complete their degree at Amherst, graduating in the Class of 1976.
10. I’m interested in buying an Amherst sweatshirt. Does the college have a bookstore?
Amherst College doesn’t have a bookstore, but you can buy t-shirts, sweatshirts, pennants and other Amherstabilia through A.J. Hastings, a local stationery store, (413) 253-2840.