The Amherst Story

Our story is your story. Since 1821, we’ve been helping our students find their own voices, discover their own truths and forge their own paths in the world. Our students and alumni are the true authors of the Amherst story. Help write our next chapter.

A Vibrant Community

Amherst is a private, not-for-profit college that for almost two centuries has prepared students to use ideas to make a difference in the world. At Amherst, you are part of a lively, inquisitive, devoted community of students, faculty, staff and alumni who find inspiration in one another and in the process of learning.  

A circular purple logo with Amherst College Bicentennial 1821-2021 around the perimeter and 200 in the center

Amherst College Bicentennial

Visit the Amherst College Bicentennial site to learn about Amherst’s first 200 years, who we are today and the aspirations we have for our third century. 

Farm Festival

We’re Dedicated To:

Amherst College is deeply committed to issues surrounding inclusivity, a sense of belonging, diversity, environmental sustainability and impact, and responsible stewardship.

Our Alumni

Celebrating Our Alumni

From college presidents to CEOs to Pulitzer Prize winners, our alumni are amazing. There’s no other way to say it.  Take some time to read their stories.

The President of Amherst

President Carolyn

Biddy Martin

Biddy Martin was elected the 19th president of Amherst College in 2011. She had served as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin—Madison since 2008 and as Cornell University’s provost from 2000 to 2008.

Spring 2020 Amherst Magazine

Amherst Magazine

In the Winter 2020  issue, read about how Rabbi Hara Person ’86 became chief executive of one of the most important organizations in Judaism.