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

For almost two centuries Amherst has prepared students to use ideas to make a major 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.

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.

Read her bio
The Octagon

Amherst Magazine

Fall 2016 issue: Read how the Mead is sparking the imagination, how we are wired for addition and emotional struggle, how a police officer remembers a fallen friend and colleague, and so much more.

Campus Highlights

Campus Buzz: Celebrating the Liberal Arts

Hosted a major literary festival? Check. Recognized as top producer of Fulbrights? Check. Awarded $1 million prize from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation? Check.