The Achievers

August 31, 2009

Amherst was abuzz with excitement Aug. 30, as hundreds of new undergraduates began orientation and kicked off the 2009-10 academic year.


How to Be Happy After College

By Caroline Jenkins Hanna

[Speeches] In her commencement address President Biddy Martin exhorted the 464 members of the Class of 2013 to “hold to your desire for poetry.”

The Boardroom Is Not Merrill 131

The Answer Is Always Another Question

By Eric Goldscheider

If there is a common theme running through the work of this year’s crop of senior thesis writers, it is this: lessons rarely arise suddenly from any kind of research. Without constant critical inquiry, knowledge remains stagnant and begins to atrophy.

Veterans’ Advocate, Acclaimed Defense Attorney and Hit Songwriter Among Seven to Be Honored at Amherst College Commencement May 26

Submitted on Friday, 4/19/2013, at 11:36 AM

April 16, 2013

AMHERST, Mass.— Virtuosic guitarist and composer Freddie Bryant ’87, labor activist Madeline Janis ’82, veterans’ advocate Paul Rieckhoff ’98, acclaimed civil rights attorney Barry Scheck, hit songwriter Jim Steinman ’69, former Wellesley College President Diana Chapman Walsh and pioneering AIDS researcher Robert Yarchoan ’71 will all receive honorary degrees from Amherst College during its 192nd Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 26, at 10 a.m. on the school’s main quad.

Amherst Students Named Truman, Beineke Scholars

Submitted on Monday, 6/16/2014, at 2:26 PM

By William Sweet

Two Amherst students intent on spreading justice at home and abroad will soon be putting those plans into action, thanks to the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. A third student has been awarded a Beineke Scholarship to pursue graduate study in environmental history.

The Soul of the College

The Class of 2013 by the Numbers

  • Applications received: 7,679
  • Applications accepted: 16 percent
  • Members of the class: 467
  • Countries represented: 24
  • States represented: 39 plus Washington, D.C.