students socializing

At Amherst, You’re Part of a Community

Walk around campus. Everywhere, you’ll find communities in which you can become involved—spaces for studying, collaborating and hanging out, spaces that become like second homes.  

We Have a Million Fun Things to Do

Our students run some 100 clubs and organizations. They jump into everything from community engagement to political activism, from student publications to affinity groups (cultural, religious and more).

Our Community Centers Are as Active as You Are

  • The Multicultural Resource Center, welcoming all students from all backgrounds, helps create an inclusive community by acknowledging, celebrating and promoting the diverse experiences of every student.
  • In the Women’s and Gender Center, students explore gender through personal experience, academic inquiry, community organizing, activism and discussion. 
  • The Queer Resource Center sponsors educational, social and campus community-building programs that create an inclusive and safe campus for people of all gender and sexual identities. Additionally, the Center provides resources and support for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer students, staff, faculty and their allies.

Keefe Campus Center is the Hub

The Keefe Campus Center viewed from the Quad

Every student visits Keefe Campus Center at least once a day. This yellow building in the heart of campus is home to a post office, movie theater and game room; WAMH radio; Schwemm’s Coffee House; and student meeting and performance spaces. It’s also home to the Center for Community Engagement and our resource centers.

Religion & Spirituality

Our Religious & Spiritual Life advisors and staff are here to support you in your religious and spiritual exploration, assuring that you have access to the services and practices of your choosing.

Sports & Recreation

Athletics, fitness and recreation are a vibrant part of living and learning at Amherst. Our extensive athletic facilities—open to all students—include excellent playing fields, an 8,000-square-foot fitness center, pool, courts and an ice rink. Beyond Amherst, you can jog the Norwottuck Trail that borders campus, kayak on the Connecticut River or mountain-bike the Robert Frost Trail.


Student crowd in the Powerhouse at night, dancing

The Powerhouse is a former steam plant that was converted into a student nightclub — and is right here on campus.

Go to the Powerhouse for live performances, movie screenings, art exhibits, panel discussions, pub nights, outdoor picnics and much more.




During our January Interterm break, many students remain on campus to take non-credit classes, work on their theses, attend athletic events and more.