Diversity is a natural condition of the modern world. And, not coincidentally, it is a foundational part of an Amherst education. We believe that a great intellectual community should look like the world, and with every incoming student, that community comes to life here.
students come from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries.
of our U.S. students self-identify as students of color.
of our students receive financial aid.
Diversity Programs for Prospective Students
Amherst is proud of its work to recruit, admit and enroll a diverse student body. As part of these efforts, the Office of Admission hosts two weekend Diversity Open Houses to introduce prospective applicants to Amherst's campus, student body, faculty, classes and residence halls. Diversity Interns provide information and personal perspectives on what the Amherst College community has to offer.
Meet Our Diversity Interns
Our Diversity Interns are Amherst students who work with the Office of Admission to reach out to prospective students from different cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Office of Diversity & Inclusion
The Office of Diversity & Inclusion works collaboratively to support and sustain the growth of a just, equitable, vibrant, and intellectually challenging educational environment.
The Office of Inclusive Leadership leverages the diverse talents, experiences and perspectives of Amherst’s staff to build an inclusive work culture and more.
Biddy Martin on Diversity
“I came here for many of the same reasons you did...
I came because of [Amherst’s] commitment to a student body that reflects the rich diversity of the country, indeed the world. I came, as you did, to contribute in some way to making Amherst even better, and to figuring out what it might mean, here as elsewhere, to take full advantage of the diversity you represent.”
—President Biddy Martin
From the Board of Trustees
“We will continue to give special importance to the inclusion within our student body, our faculty and our staff of talented persons from groups that have experienced prejudice and disadvantage. We do so for the simplest, but most urgent, of reasons: because the best and the brightest people are found in many places, not few; because our classrooms and residence halls are places of dialogue, not monologue; because teaching and learning at their best are conversations with persons other than ourselves about ideas other than our own.”
—From the Amherst College Trustees’ Statement on Diversity