All About Amherst

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In the college search process, it’s easy for students to feel overwhelmed by the task of researching colleges on their lists. From our perspective, it’s equally difficult to summarize all of the things that make Amherst unique in just a few Web pages, but we hope the following links will highlight the best aspects of academic and student life at Amherst. From these links, we encourage you to explore the broader college Website to learn even more about the programs and services that are of particular interest to you.

Academics: Amherst offers 37 different areas of study and an unusual open curriculum. (Students are not required to study a core curriculum or take distribution requirements.) First-year students enroll in one of over 20 First-Year Seminars designed to engage new students in the interdisciplinary environment of a liberal arts college. 

To browse current course listings take a look at the Amherst Course Catalog.

After Amherst: The college provides comprehensive Career Preparation and an Amherst Alumni Career Network to help students find summer jobs, Interterm internships and graduate and professional opportunities after graduation from Amherst.

Amherst Facts: Learn some quick facts about Amherst College. 

Amherst Campus and Surrounding Area: You can take a virtual or multimedia tour of the college to get a better sense of the campus or you can take a look at audio and video recordings of recent events that have taken place on the  Amherst campus.  In addition, there is information about the eclectic towns of Amherst, Northampton and the broader Five College community in the Pioneer Valley.  The academic and co-curricular communities at Amherst College are greatly enhanced by our membership in the Five College Consortium. 

Enrollment Statistics: See a profile of the Class of 2017.

Experiential Learning: In the fall of 2007, the college launched The Center for Community Engagement as a central resource for information about opportunities in community service and social justice. In addition to doing community service, students can expand their learning outside the classroom by pursuing internship and research opportunities, off-campus study programs and study abroad programs.

Faculty: Visit some of our faculty Web pages and learn more about their courses and research. 

Student Life: Amherst is an engaging, residential community. Ninety-eight percent of our students live on campus every year. Learn about our residential life program, student dormsathletic opportunities, and student organizations.

Information regarding campus security and personal safety is available from the Amherst College Campus Police.