Meet the Class of 2018, by the Numbers

August 25, 2014

Students carrying flags at Orientation

An internationally ranked table tennis player. A Morse Code enthusiast. The winner of a state Junior Duck Stamp art contest. A U.S. military veteran.

A Shakespearean actor of some significance. A blacksmith. Someone who wears size 16 shoes.

What do all of these people have in common? They are all new students at Amherst this fall.

“Our newest students bring a truly incredible range of talents, experiences and accomplishments to campus,” said Katie Fretwell ’81, dean of admission and financial aid. “I am very proud they have chosen Amherst as their new home and equally proud to welcome them to the Amherst community.”

Innovative Program Helps Students Tackle Science, Math

Submitted on Thursday, 8/14/2014, at 9:52 AM

By Peter Rooney

On a summer afternoon in an Amherst College chemistry lab, new friends and incoming first-year students Natalia Dyer of Queens, N.Y., and Alejandra Possu of Houston take a break from writing a lab report.

They’re part of a group of admitted Amherst students selected to participate in an innovative science and math program that introduces them to some of the toughest calculus and chemistry problems they’ll face during their first year at Amherst.