September 7, 2018

Classes Begin in New Science Center

How do you transport 525 zebrafish, a cryostat and a laser table worth approximately $1 million? Very carefully. Take a look into the complexities of moving into the massive new Science Center, which opened for business this week.

Four Years of Dorm Life Starts Now

Matthew Clinton ’80 has experienced first-year move-in day multiple times—initially as a freshman and now as a parent. Read about his family, and several others, in our photo essay about the impressive arrival of the class of ’22.

Welcome, New Students!

The 500 first-year and transfer students include six military veterans and 58 dual citizens. They speak more than 50 languages. Their average financial aid package is more than $60,000 per year. They’ve conducted research on snow leopards, played music at the White House and joined in robotics competitions. Read more about this exceptional group.

In Chapel, New Students Connect with College History

In her annual Convocation address, President Biddy Martin made use of the history in Johnson Chapel, speaking about the egalitarian origins of the building, its significance to the College, and the presidents and trailblazers represented in oil paintings on its walls.

Amherst Funds Students Research, Internships

Amherst’s commitment to research and internship opportunities for undergraduates is strong—and only expected to grow.

Cuz Author Delivers DeMott Lecture

The College’s annual DeMott Lecture featured Danielle Allen, a former Amherst trustee and the author of last year’s Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A., speaking about the “rock of shame” surrounding the criminal justice system. Watch her powerful address to first-year students. Watch the Address.

Reception with President Biddy Martin in Philadelphia

With the launch of Promise: The Campaign for Amherst’s Third Century, Amherst College is committing to lead the way in adapting liberal arts education to 21st-century challenges even while deepening its longstanding commitment to academic rigor and achievement. Please join President Biddy Martin on September 13, 2018 for a discussion of how Amherst’s distinctive combination of preservation and change will serve current students and students to come.

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