Amherst was founded through philanthropy. In 1821, 275 local benefactors and townspeople raised $50,000 for the new college on the hill. Over time, the continuous support of alumni, parents, and friends has built the College into what it is today—a premier liberal arts institution that teaches students to read, write, and think critically.
Amherst brings together the most promising students, whatever their financial need, in order to promote diversity of experience and ideas within a purposefully small residential community. The results are life-changing.