Student Life

Life at Amherst is Unexpected

From spike ball on the Quad to comedy improv to giant art installations, life on campus is packed with fun and enriching experiences.

Life at Amherst is Proud

Students show Purple Pride all year long—on fields and courts, at festivals, at performances and always at the Homecoming bonfire.

Life at Amherst is Vibrant

All around campus, students find communities in which they become involved—spaces for dancing, chatting, creating, spaces that become like second homes.

Life at Amherst is Caring

From volunteering in local schools to harvesting vegetables on the campus farm, Amherst students find meaningful ways to make the world a better place.

Amherst students have many opportunities to enrich their educations through co-curricular and extracurricular activities. A student might go to hear a guest speaker in anthropology, take a karate class, sing in an a cappella concert and then help paint a house with Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity—all in a single week.

Campus Life

Explore the many aspects of social life at Amherst and see which ones excite you the most.

Jazz at Schwemm's

Student Organizations

Students lead more than 100 autonomous organizations, including groups for activism, religious  cultural affinity groups, intramural sports, arts clubs, a debate team, a radio station and more.

Students in a dorm room


97 percent of students live on campus, and housing is guaranteed for all four years. First-year students live in new or renovated residences on the Main Quad. Our Theme Houses offer learning-by-living opportunities.

students in Valentine Dining Hall


The Amherst College dining experience is much more than great food. It is a community experience focused on great service, culinary expertise, and fresh, local and natural ingredients with a commitment to environmental and social responsibility.

Family Weekend game 2015

Fitness & Recreation

Athletics are a vibrant part of Amherst’s living and learning experience, from recreation to intramural/club sports to the 27 NCAA Division III teams. Our facilities include playing fields, an 8,000-square-foot fitness center, a pool, courts and an ice rink.