Amherst in Pictures

“If one does not lie back & say to the moment, this is my moment, stay you are so fair, what will be one’s gain, dying? No: stay, this moment. No one ever says that enough.” —Virginia Woolf

Students, holding welcome signs for the first-year students and their families, jumping and smiling.

Orientation 2017

The 489 newest Amherst students arrived on campus Aug. 29, many with families in tow. These first-year and transfer students graduated from 388 secondary schools and speak more than 45 languages.

State of the College Address 2017

State of the College Address

Organized by Sade Green ’20, a student senator, President Biddy Martin delivered a State of the College address on March 29, 2017 in Johnson Chapel.

LitFest 2017 Slideshow

LitFest 2017

More than 1,400 bibliophiles gathered on campus for LitFest 2017, the College’s annual literary festival that featured Chris Bachelder, Jacqueline Woodson, Zadie Smith, and Doris Kearns Goodwin. 

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush Visits Amherst College

Jeb Bush, former Florida governor and presidential candidate, joined Amherst students for an informal converation before addressing a capacity crown in Johnson Chapel, followed by a lively Q&A session.

Mead Art Museum opening

The Year in Pictures: 2016

From distiguished visitors to snowy panoramics to the traditions of Commencement, we've assembled some of our favorite images from events and activities over the past year at Amherst College.

Homecoming 2016 Slideshow

Homecoming 2016

Hundreds of alumni returned to Amherst to catch up with friends, attend talks and events, cheer on sports teams, and celebrate Homecoming 2016.

Family Weekend 2016

Family Weekend 2016

For three days in October, family members gathered at Amherst College to learn, play, eat, explore, and reconnect. 

Election Night on Amherst College's campus

Keefe Student Center on Election Night 2016

Amherst College students watch the 2016 Presidential Election returns in Keefe Campus Center on November 8, 2016. 

Images of Professor Rhonda Cobham-Sander's

In the Classroom: Digital Africas

In “Digital Africas,” Professor Cobham-Sander's students explore how literature has evolved with technology, and how authors use digital formats to transform their relationships with audiences.

Patrick Fitzgerald

Patrick Fitzgerald ’82 on Terrorism

Former U.S. Attorney Fitzgerald said that people come into discussions about terrorism with a base of assumptions that experience doesn’t bear out.

Johnson Chapel

Political Journalist Share Insights

Five visiting journalists focused on the problems this election has exposed, how the country might recover, and what the journalists perceived as a complete overturn of traditional politics.

Orientation 2016

Orientation 2016

From move-in, to First Squad Meetings, to ice cream socials, Orientation is a multi-day program that introduces the incoming class to the people, places and possibilities of the Amherst experience.

Ta-Nehishi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Speaking to a crowd of over 1,4000, National Book Award winner and MacArthur fellow Ta-Nehisi Coates reframed the American dream and said the mission of his life is confronting racism.

Mead Art Museum Slideshow

The Mead Art Musuem Renovations

Amherst’s celebrated art museum unveiled a renovated main gallery and six new exhibitions and installations showcasing the breadth, depth and diversity of the college's art collection.

Studying outside the new Greenway dorms

Gathering Spaces

The college's four new residence halls are “...the first of three projects that will be the biggest transformation of physical campus since the founding of the College.” --  President Biddy Martin

The Lab Crawl Slideshow

The Lab Crawl

Thirty-two students recevied Summer Science Undergraduate Research Fellows program (SURF) fellowships to do hands-on scientific work this summer. The "lab crawl" is an opportunity to share their work.

Tree Swallow

The Tree Swallow Team

Over the summer a group of Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) wandered down to Amherst’s bird sanctuary every morning to study Tree Swallow nestlings, weighing and measuring the baby birds.