President Biddy Martin

Quote by President Biddy Martin

“Our society depends for its well being on the identification and development of talent wherever it exists. It exists in every community and group.” President Biddy Martin.

Amherst welcomes and applauds the decision in the Harvard University admissions lawsuit, which affirms the importance and constitutionality of race-conscious admissions as part of a holistic review of applicants to our colleges and universities.

Andrea Hutton ’95

Andrea Hutton Quote

“We are looking for individuals on the precipice of great discovery or a game-changing idea.” The MacArthur Foundation, describing its “genius” grant. Andrea Dutton ’95 is among the newest winners. Her work focuses on climate change.

NOTE:  Art historian and curator Kellie Jones ’81 received a MacArthur fellowship in 2017. 

Photo of Dutton: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Jason Seto ’19

Quote by Jason Seto

“Empathy is a habit that can be cultivated.” Jason Seto ’19 one of six young alumni to be offered a 2019-20 Fulbright grant, one of the most prestigious fellowships in the world.

Marietta Pritchard

Marietta Pritchard

“Almost all battles can be boiled down to the irritable question: ‘Why can’t you be more like me?’” Author Marietta Pritchard in “Scenics from a Marriage,” which chronicles a lifetime of travel with her husband, English professor William Pritchard

Amherst Fact: Orientation 2019

A fact about the incoming class of 2023, Amherst College

Welcome to Amherst College, Jack and Sarah! These two names appear most often on the 470 new IDs created for the class of 2023.

Link: Orientation concludes on Monday, Sept. 2 with Convocation. See the full schedule.

Kristin Ogdon ’00

Quote by Kristin Ogdon

“It was like we unleashed the magic of Amherst athletics. ” Kristin Ogdon ’00, who, 20 years ago, helped bring home the College’s first-ever NCAA team championship.

Richard Aronson ’69

Quote by Richard Aronson: Amherst College was doing community engagement long before it actually was a phrase.

“Amherst College was doing ‘community engagement’ long before it actually was a phrase.”  Richard Aronson ’69 on the College’s deep ties to the town of Amherst’s A Better Chance House, now celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Catherine Epstein, provost and dean of the faculty

Quote by Catherine Epstein

“Each course is amazing in and of itself, with obvious intellectual benefits. But, for me, it is actually the social part that is most compelling.” Catherine Epstein, provost and dean of the faculty, on course-specific trips that take students around the globe.