A lithograph of the College with two buildings on a hill

The Evolution of Our Campus

Amherst College began in 1821 to educate “indigent young men of piety and talents.” From its start, Amherst enrolled students who might not commonly have had access to higher education. 

Gender Matters

Books About Amherst College

The College has published dozens of books about its people and history, including an account of the first half-century of women teaching at Amherst and a collection of historical narratives.

President's House

Past Presidents

Learn about the College’s 18 past presidents, from Zephaniah Swift Moore, who arrived in 1821, to Anthony W. Marx, who served from 2003 to 2011.