Amherst students have access to 40 majors, an open curriculum, talented and accessible faculty, the Five College Consortium, and opportunities for research and internships around the world.

Advantages of Learning at Amherst

An Amherst education is personal, dynamic and rigorous. Our professors are among the foremost authorities in their fields. They work with students every day, in and out of class, as teachers, advisers and mentors.

We are known for our open curriculum, a bold experiment in place since 1971. To graduate, students must take four years of classes, but just one first-year seminar and the required classes for their major. In conjunction with their academic advisors, students plan a program of study to discover their intellectual and creative passions and equip themselves for a life of active, collaborative learning.

How Learning Happens

At Amherst we encourage you to look at the world from new perspectives. Check the list to see if you’ve got what it takes.

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The Open Curriculum

We are known for our open curriculum, a bold experiment in place since 1971. Each classroom is filled with inquisitive, fully engaged students committed to the topic at hand.

Amherst College campus in the Pioneer Valley

Five College Consortium

Amherst students can choose among more than 6,000 courses for credit at four nearby schools: Smith, Mount Holyoke and Hampshire Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

International flags on Fayerweather Hall

Global Learning

It begins on campus: Students from more than 50 countries take courses that prepare them for life in a globally connected world. It continues off campus: 40% of Amherst students study abroad.