Consistent with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s objective of promoting excellence and diversity, and with the assistance of faculty and staff, the Office of Academic Engagement and Student Success (AESS) is committed to providing Amherst students from all backgrounds with a wide range of academic opportunities that will enhance their educational experience and advance their professional development, both on campus and after graduating from the College.

AESS is primarily concerned with advancing the following four objectives:

  • facilitating a quick and smooth transition to the culture and values of Amherst College, so that students can acquire the information and skills that will allow them to take full advantage of its educational opportunities
  • providing students with sustained institutional support that will enhance their qualification for admission and ensure their success in graduate and professional schools
  • providing ongoing academic and professional development opportunities
  • nurturing a community of undergraduate scholars who are dedicated to academic excellence and diversity

In addition to connecting students to a network of faculty and staff mentors, AESS administers the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and the Wade Fellowship, and supports the Summer Science Program. AESS also connects Amherst students to academic programs such as the Creating Connections Consortium Summit, the National Collegiate Research Conference (NCRC), the Engaged Scholarship & Social Justice Undergraduate Research Conference (ESSJ), the Annual Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity and Graduate Education, and the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students.