An article by Scott Jaschik notes that U.S. students of color constitute 50.2 percent of the class admitted to enroll at Amherst in the fall of 2021. It explores Amherst’s fruitful long-term efforts to diversify the student body under presidents Tony Marx and Biddy Martin, with comments from Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Matthew L. McGann and recent graduates Bella Edo ’21 and Sabrina Lin ’21.
“At Amherst 18 percent of the new American students are Asian American, 17 percent are Black, 17 percent are Latinx and 3 percent are Native American,” Jaschik writes. In addition, 12 percent of the incoming class are international students. About 4 percent are gender-nonbinary.
The article links to the College’s antiracism plan and notes the ways in which active outreach to prospective students, financial aid, faculty hiring and student activism all support diversity, as do recently increased opportunities to focus on Native studies and Asian American studies. Both Edo and Lin, however, point out how athletics felt to them like an area of student life still dominated by whiteness and wealth, not always inclusive or supportive of students of color.