Times Have Changed

1.     Percentage of prospective first-years who applied online to Amherst in 2003: 33

2.     Percentage who applied online in 2008: 89

3.     By the end of August 2008, number of members of the Amherst Class of ’12 Facebook group: 432

4.     Total number of students in the Class of ’12: 440

5.     Number of first-years who brought desktop computers to campus this year: 14

6.     Total number of students who have landline phone service on campus this year: 5

Wyoming Governor To Amherst College Class of 2012: “Don’t Be Afraid to Try”

August 26, 2008
Caroline Jenkins Hanna
Director of Media Relations

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AMHERST, Mass.—“History is shaped by ordinary people doing ordinary things… So don’t be afraid to try and don’t be afraid to fail,” David Freudenthal, governor of the state of Wyoming and Amherst College alumnus, urged the members of the school’s Class of 2012, who packed Amherst’s Johnson Chapel the evening of Monday, Aug. 25.

Ceramicists, Debaters and Irish Folk Harpists: A Look at Amherst College’s Class of 2012

August 25, 2008               
Contact: Marjan Hajibandeh ’09E
Media Relations Intern
Caroline Jenkins Hanna
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Under blue summer skies, the *440 members of Amherst College’s Class of 2012 converged on campus Sunday, Aug. 24, to begin the first semester of their college careers at their new alma mater. The first-years—who range from ceramicists to champion debaters to Irish folk harpists—represent an extraordinary array of beliefs, ambitions, passions, backgrounds and talents, according to Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Tom Parker.

Close to Home

By Katherine Duke ’05

One of the many reasons I chose to attend Amherst College was that it was far away. Or, far enough away.  My parents could do the three-hour drive fairly easily when I wanted them to—but only when I wanted them to. The other serious contender, Vassar, was only an hour from my hometown. I cringed when I realized it got the same radio stations. I have nothing against my family or my high school, but I wanted my college experience to feel separate from them. So Amherst it was.

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