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Student-Alumni Engagement



Amherst Connects is a new initiative to strengthen our ties to the college and each other through events, volunteering, networking, an online book club, a virtual lecture series and giving. This past year more than 70% of alumni connected with Amherst.  Get connected!

Throughout your life as a student and as an alumnus/a, Alumni and Parent Programs will keep you meaningfully connected to the college and your classmates as well as to those who have come before you and those who will come after you. 

Upon your graduation, you will become part of the Society of the Alumni.  All 22,000 living alumni are members of this organization, which encourages alumni to maintain their interest in Amherst, rekindle friendships, network professionally, attend events and develop new contacts worldwide.

Alumni and Parent Programs offers a variety of services for students and alumni including a fully searchable alumni directory, class webpages, online giving and career services.  A comprehensive list of opportunities to engage with alumni are below.

Your class liaisons in Advancement are Kristen Ford in Alumni and Parent Programs and Kristen Handerhan in the Annual Fund. 



Alumni Directory/Profile

22,000-plus alumni. That’s a lot of people in our collective Amherst network. Expand your network and search the Alumni Directory by region, employment industry, grad program, class year, extracurricular activities, sports and more. Log in with your existing username and password.

Career Center

Connect with the Career Center for help from their staff and Amherst alumni in planning your life after Amherst. The Career Center is an amazing resource that you are encouraged to take advantage of through all your years at Amherst.  They offer help online and in person.  Connect with the Amherst Career Network.

Family Weekend

A weekend of performances, faculty lectures, sports, museum tours and student-run events welcome your families to campus. October 24-26, 2014


Along with the “Biggest Little Game in America” and other sporting events, Homecoming offers a weekend of special events for students and alumni during the weekend. Join us during half-time to sing college songs at the 50th Reunion tent.  November 7-9, 2014 (vs. Williams)


Access over 400 internships offered by alumni, parents and friends of the college! Learn more>>

January Networking Receptions

Connect with students and alumni during Interterm and polish your networking skills.

Love My Alumni Week

Love My Alumni Week will be February 10-14, 2014.  Learn more about this program, photos and the Engagement Fellows internship opportunity.

Regional Associations

Over 50 associations located around the world offer students, alumni, parents and friends a variety of ways to connect with each other and with the college. Programs include networking receptions, telecast of the annual Amherst-Williams football game, local community service and cultural events and lectures from faculty members traveling in the region.  


The week following Commencement, the campus will come alive again with over a thousand alumni and their guests who return to reunite with classmates and take part in an array of activities and programs. May 28 – June 1, 2014

Social Media

Connect with the Amherst College community and alumni in these forums:
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Study Abroad

Learn more about Study Abroad.  Don't forget that you can use the Alumni Directory to connect with alumni while you are abroad!


Volunteer to be the alumni office liaison from a student group you are part of and keep connected with alumni from your organization.  Work with the alumni office to connect with alumni from your group at events like Homecoming or to send mailings to let alumni know what your organization is working on.  To learn more contact Kristen Ford in Alumni and Parent Programs at  You can also be in touch with the Annual Fund if you are interested in participating in the process for raising the senior gift for your class. 

Wade Fellows Pre-Professional Series

The Wade Fellows Pre-Professional series aims to offer students practical, widely applicable skills that will ease their transition from the campus to the workplace. In each instance, students will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from alumni, as well as to get “insiders' tips” from people for whom and with whom they may work in the future.  Thanks to the alumni’s familiarity with both the college and the professional world, these sessions will be perfectly tailored to the needs of Amherst students seeking to enter and thrive in the workplace.  Keep an eye out for spring programs!  Learn more about the Wade Fellows and upcoming programs.


Apply for a job with Alumni and Parent Programs for Homecoming, Family Weekend or Reunion and connect with alumni from around the world.  Make some money, meet some alumni and parents, and help the college with these very important events.

Advancement also sponsors four internship positions called the Engagement Fellows.  Learn more here.



Amherst Reads

Each month, our online book club features Amherst alumni and faculty authors. We write them. We read them. We discuss them.

Alumni Blogroll

Check out what Amherst alumni are blogging about.


Attend visting alumni lectures. Upcoming lecture annoucements and event calendar.

Virtual Lecture Series

Listen and participate as Amherst faculty and alumni discuss their areas of expertise and research. Can’t catch the lecture live? Download the podcast and listen later.



Giving to the college takes many forms. Our alumni and students serve as mentors, offer internships, volunteer with their classes and regional associations, vote in trustee and class elections and support the college through annual, endowed and capital giving.

From young alumni giving a yearly $5, to established graduates endowing buildings, scholarships and professorships, giving back is foundational to the Amherst experience.  In fact, this past year over 80% of the Class of 2012 contributed to the Annual Fund as their Senior Gift—their first opportunity to give back to Amherst as alumni!  Income from student tuition and fees, even if paid in full without financial aid, covers only about 60% of the overall cost of educating each student. The remainder of this cost is subsidized primarily by the generous gifts of those who have come before you. 

Regardless of its size, every gift makes a difference to Amherst.  Gifts from alumni, parents, and friends represent an endorsement of an Amherst education, which helps the college leverage corporate and foundation grants as well as maintain our pride in having one of the highest alumni participation in the country.


Upcoming Events

Amherst Today
April 17 - 18, 2015

Boston - Professor Ronald C. Rosbottom
April 22, 2015 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Washington, D.C. - Reception with President Biddy Martin
April 24, 2015 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Atlanta - "5 to 7" by Victor Levin '83
April 25, 2015 | 11:00 a.m.

New York - Create Your Own Masterpiece with Paint Along
April 28, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.