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.
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.
Students come to Amherst from 56 countries, including many places that are historically underrepresented in higher education.
No distribution requirements. No core curriculum. Only 850+ courses and 1,800 students with the vision and courage to choose courses that matter the most to them.
Amherst’s financial aid program is among the most comprehensive and ambitious in the nation. Our average yearly aid package is $50,255.
The President of Amherst
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.Biography