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About Amherst College
Founded in 1821 as a non-sectarian institution, Amherst College today is an independent, undergraduate, residential, liberal arts college for men and women with a reputation for being one of the finest in the nation. Its approximately 1,600 students come from most of the 50 states and many foreign countries. Amherst is joined with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in a consortium that sponsors a variety of cooperative programs and enterprises. The goal of cooperation among the five colleges is to enrich the educational opportunities available to students by providing them with access to the resources of all five institutions.
The College has enjoyed a long and close association with the area and its residents, who have included such poets and writers as Emily Dickinson, Helen Hunt Jackson, David Grayson (Ray Stannard Baker) and Robert Frost. The beauty of the Pioneer Valley and it quality of life are matters of pride and commitment to the people of the College community.
The Trustees who oversee the welfare and development of the College also serve as Trustees of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., which houses a world-famous collection of books and manuscripts related to William Shakespeare and Shakespeare's era and the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA, which includes the Evergreens and the Homestead.
Amherst College has long premised its employment policies on the concept of equal opportunity, that is, the selection and promotion of employees on the basis of their intrinsic merits. This policy entails that there be no discrimination in selection, treatment and promotion on factors such as race, sex, sexual orientation, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, membership in the uniformed services or veteran status.