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, that connects and bonds students and faculty whether they are studying or teaching from home or on campus. Giving opportunities include endowed funding for professional residential-life staff, support for student leadership and programming, athletics and wellness initiatives, speakers’ series, visiting positions, and environmental sustainability initiatives.
Amherst is committed to creating a campus social life that gives students opportunities to build relationships, develop friendships, benefit from their differences and pursue their many interests and talents in the context of a vibrant community.
For almost two centuries, Amherst has prepared students to use ideas to contribute to public life in all its complexity. The College invites a breadth of perspectives to inform teaching, learning, and scholarship and to nurture a community that reflects a dynamic mix of cultural, intellectual and political traditions.
Athletics has long been an exciting part of Amherst’s living and learning experience, offering lessons on teamwork, discipline, resilience and ingenuity, while newer wellness programs promote well-being in the student body as a whole. Together, they contribute to a vibrant community in which students feel a sense of growth, connection and belonging.
Amherst has made significant progress in its educational, research and operational programs in sustainability over the past decade, and has pledged to work as a community to be a standard-bearer in climate action and environmental stewardship.