The promise of access
Preserving our historic strengths by supporting outstanding students and faculty.
Today, if you encounter a fellow graduate, whether decades your junior or decades your senior, you will find a kindred spirit. We have all benefited from the transformative power of intellectual rigor and critical thinking. And we have all benefited from an environment that celebrates a rich chorus of diverse voices. In return, we are asked to opt for the challenging problem rather than the easy solution, to embrace the promise of change rather than settle for the comfort of the status quo. We are asked to demonstrate the same confidence in the future that a small group of idealists did two hundred years ago.
This is our chance to fulfill the promise of this treasured place, and to renew our promise to those who will follow us. From the moment of its founding in 1821, Amherst College has been a place for students of promise. And for the two centuries since, that bold and daring confidence in individual potential has been fulfilled anew with each graduating class.
Amherst brings together dedicated faculty and the most promising students, whatever their financial need.Learn More
Student interest and enrollment in STEM fields has increased, and we will maintain our 8:1 student-faculty ratio by increasing the total number of faculty at the College.Learn More
Amherst faculty are leaders and innovators, expanding courses and curricula through shared intellectual experiences, emphasizing writing and oral communication and providing opportunities to learn by doing.Learn More
Amherst seeks to create a diverse intellectual community in which all three terms in that phrase are as meaningful as the middle one has always been.Learn More
Our aspirations for Amherst’s third century depend on upgrades to our built environment including the Science Center and student housing as well as a new Student Center.Learn More
The Amherst Fund allows the College to apply resources as needed across campus and has been key to Amherst’s excellence over time.Learn More