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

Left to right: Niamani Williams-Cole ’20, Jonathan Paul ’22, Dagim Belete ’22 and Thai Nguyen ’21

City Streets 2019

Welcome to Amherst College’s spring celebration, with flags representing all of our students’ nationalities, food tents featuring international flavors, music and other entertainment.

Untitled (1945), by Adeline Kent.

Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein

Slideshow of photos from “Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein” on display in the Mead Art Museum until July 28, 2019.

close up of scallions

Finding Your Roots

Students in Professor Rick Lopez's First-Year Seminar “Finding Your Roots” marked the end of the semester with a food-centric celebration.

Literary history exhibit

In Pictures: LitFest 2019

Amherst College's 4th annual LitFest featured readings, master classes, book-signings, a spoken word slam, and more, all free and open to the public.


The Return of Winter Fest

After a two-year hiatus, Amherst’s Winter Festival returned on Sunday night, Feb. 17, with a blizzard of events and treats.

Professor Sweeney with one of his painting students.

Studio Art Showcase

A glimpse inside the studio art classes of Robert Sweeney (painting and drawing), sculptor Douglas Culhane, and Betsey Garand (printmaking).

Audience members reacting to a light-hearted moment during

Homecoming 2018

Homecoming 2018 welcomed alumni to campus and provided a full schedule of activities ranging from academic classes, receptions in the new Science Center, to “The Biggest Little Game in America.”

Family Weekend

Family Weekend 2018

Jazz music. Lectures. S'mores. Football. A cappella performances. Museum tours. Literary readings. And so much more. Amherst College provided a lively range of activities for Family Weekend 2018.

Amherst College students attending the Fall Festival

Fall Festival 2018

Pumpkin carving, an inflatable 16-foot tandem slide, horse-drawn hayrides, face-painting and a variety of games: these are some of the activities at Fall Festival. And, of course, the food!

Amherst Poetry Festival

Amherst Poetry Festival

An evening of poetry in Bassett Planetarium. A master class with Amherst’s new writer-in-residence. And a marathon reading of all 1,789 of Emily Dickinson’s poems.

Students attending Convocation

Orientation 2018 in Pictures

On Aug. 28, 492 new members of the Amherst community arrived on campus for six days of Orientation activities, culminating in Opening Convocation in Johnson Chapel.

Summer science research

2018 Summer Research Poster Session

This year's Summer Research Poster Session took place in the new state-of-the-art 250,000-square-foot Science Center.

Cars entering the campus were greeted by this cheer squad and the Mammoth mascot.

Move-in Day: Orientation 2018

Move-In Day 2018 was a hot one, with temperatures ascending into the 90s while new students ferried their college-bound possessions into residence halls.

Commencement 2018

As the rain held off and thousands of loved ones looked on, Amherst awarded B.A. degrees to more than 480 seniors.

Staff member mowing on Amherst College campus

Spring Fever

Every season delivers its unique definition of beauty. After such a long winter, the colors and scents of spring are particularly breathtaking. 

MRC Graduation Celebration

Multicultural Resource Center's Graduation Celebration

On Apr. 27, 2018, the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) celebrated Amherst College's graduating seniors of color and seniors of the MRC.

Inside Physics

Inside Physics: Pendulums and Slinkies and Flippers! Oh My!

Each fall, students in Professor David Hanneke's “Physics 123: The Newtonian Synthesis: Dynamics of Particles and Systems, Waves,” participate in a “design-your-own adventure” project.

Amherst students walking past the Robert Frost statue on a snowy day at Amherst College.

Through the Seasons

Love the snow? We've got plenty to go around. Amazing fall colors? Check. Lush green spring leading to summers spent outdoors more your style? Amherst College is beautiful through the seasons. 

Kwame Anthony Appiah leading a classroom discussion at Amherst College.

A Class with Kwame Anthony Appiah

Kwame Anthony Appiah, a professor of philosophy and law at New York University, held a class with students in advance of his lecture, "How Not To Think About Race, Culture and Class.” 

Peer Gynt production at Amherst College

Peer Gynt: A Contemporary Adaptation

Theater and Dance presented a contemporary adaptation of Henrick Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, Nov. 9–11 in Kirby Theater. This classic play explored an age-old question: what does it mean to know yourself?

Misty morning on the Quad.

Family Weekend 2017

Family Weekend was filled with opportunities to learn about campus projects, sit in on classes, tour museums, enjoy music, and converse with professors, staff, and other weekend visitors.

Homecoming Bonfire

Homecoming 2017

From Mammoth sightings, to football games, to discussions with President Martin, this slideshow provides a recap of some of the activities that took place during Homecoming 2017.

Students at Fall Festival

Fall Festival 2017

At Amherst College, the changing of the seasons means it's time for Fall Festival.

A New Classroom in Art Storage

A New Classroom in Art Storage

Students in Professor Jen Manion’s course “People’s History of Revolutionary America” were some of the first to use the Mead Art Museum’s new study room, located in art storage.

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.