Bird Sanctuary
Calvin Theater in Northampton

Amherst's 1,000-acre campus combines beauty, practicality, comfort and sophisticated resources for learning. Most academic buildings have been renovated in the past five years. The main library offers more than 1 million volumes; math, music and science libraries contain specialized resources. By 2008, all of the first-year residences will be new or renovated. And with spectacular mountain vistas and hiking and biking trails, just walking across campus is a visual treat. See for yourself with a virtual or multimedia campus tour—or visit campus in person.

Town of Amherst

Encompassing three college campuses (Amherst, Hampshire College and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst), the town of Amherst revolves around the needs and wants of college students. There's affordable eating (including 45 kinds of pizza to choose from at Antonio's), along with coffee shops, second-hand stores, music stores, a farmers' market, bookstores, live music venues and more. The town common, a short walk from campus, is the site of festivals, political rallies, art shows, yard sales and other community events.

Pioneer Valley

There's a lot to explore in the Pioneer Valley, which includes four colleges in addition to Amherst—and everything from funky downtowns to eclectic culture to outdoor adventures. You can bike the 8.5-mile rail trail from campus to Northampton (also known as Noho), home to artists, musicians, writers and artisans and a thriving arts scene, plus more than 70 restaurants, independent movie houses, nightclubs and an off-beat mix of shops.