About Amherst

Main Quadrangle in spring

Since its founding in 1821, Amherst College has become one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, enrolling some 1,800 talented, energetic and diverse young men and women.

First-year retention rate: 98 percent
Read quick stats, history and more in Amherst Facts.
First-year retention rate: 98 percent
Meet our president, Biddy Martin.

Our Campus

Amherst College is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of 35,000 people in the western part of the state. The college’s scenic 1,000-acre campus is adjacent to downtown Amherst, and includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary.

Amherst, the Town

Want to combine breathtaking natural scenery with a rich cultural life and tons of activity? We’ve got that.

Lots of smart people.
More than 40% of the local population has a graduate degree, and more than 30,000 college students live in Amherst during the academic year.

Lots to do.
We've got five colleges and ten museums; an amazing variety of restaurants and coffee shops; all manner of concerts and performances; and more outdoor activities than could fill a thousand weekends. Sound fun? Learn more on our Town Life page.


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Green Amherst

Learn about our many sustainability programs that promote resource conservation and minimize environmental impact.