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

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.