More than 40% of the local population has a graduate degree.

More than 30,000 college students call Amherst home during the academic year.

There’s a saying you’ll see on t-shirts and bumper stickers in Amherst that offers both a pronunciation lesson and an insight:

‘Amherst—where only the ‘h’ is silent.’

That captures Amherst—vibrant, opinionated and proud of it.

Life here is also smart, fun, dynamic and somehow laid back all at the same time. Here are two facts backing that up:

Politics is Local: An Amherst Student in Amherst Town Meeting

Submitted on Friday, 10/26/2012, at 11:04 AM

By William Sweet

Daniel P. Rivera ’16E is arguably one of Amherst College’s most powerful students, at least when it comes to running the town in which they live.

Flags of Our Fathers

By William Sweet


Robert Romer ’52 knows what an odd thing it is to be a historian. It may lead you to stroll in a cemetery, looking for people you never knew, as if they were old friends. In Romer’s case, a cemetery stroll inspired him to correct an inadvertent slight against some black soldiers from the Town of Amherst who fought in the Civil War.

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Amherst College and Surrounding Area

Amherst Bulletin: Pipeline Project Helps Local Schools

Submitted by Paul S. Statt