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

six students in masks pose together on a wildlife sanctuary trail on the Amherst College campus during Mammoth Day

Moments from Mammoth Day

When Oct. 14, 2020, was declared Mammoth Day, it didn't take long for students to get into the spirit, enjoying food, games and a chance to take a break and relax. The motto of the day: No. Work. Today.

A student studying outside on the campus of amherst college

Pandemic Academics: Fall 2020 at Amherst

During the fall 2020 semester, Amherst College is reinventing how teaching, learning, and research take place.

Students gather around Adirondack chairs. A view of Mt Holyoke Range is in the background.

From the Classroom to the Quad: Student Life at Amherst

Take a tour of Amherst College with this slideshow of student life, ranging from undergraduate research opportunities to impromptu frisbee games to a cappella singing performances.

exterior of Johnson Chapel at night, lit by purple lighting

LitFest 2020: A Celebration of Words and Writing

An illuminating LitFest weekend featured National Book Award winners and finalists, a former Obama speechwriter and other acclaimed writers.

7 people wearing black aprons and holding out plates of food

The 2020 Interterm Experience

Ever wonder what happens on campus between semesters? During interterm, Amherst College offers a diverse range of classes and workshops for students who choose to stay on campus.

Jin Jeon working with sea anemones

SURF: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The 2019 summer research experience took these students to their learning edge.

Purple and white balloons

Homecoming 2019 in Pictures

Highlights from Homecoming weekend include open classes, musical performances, sporting events and nostalgic views. Check out the slideshow, and see even more photos (223 of them!) on Flickr.

Interior of the Mead Museum, showing the  Starting Something New exhibit.

Starting Something New

“Starting Something New: Recent Contemporary Art.” On display in the Mead Art Museum September 10, 2019 - July 26, 2020.


Ruth Bader Ginsburg

A Conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shared stories from her personal and professional life and answered questions from the audience on Oct. 3, 2019.

A student and a Book & Plow Farm staff member rake a garden before planting

Book & Plow Farm

Maida Ives is making the Book & Plow Farm a resource for wellness and teaching.
Art exhibit for three seniors

Art and Soul

Three graduating artists show their unique art at Fayerweather Hall.

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.

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.

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.