Amherst College is a private liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts, United States. Founded in 1821 as an attempt to relocate Williams College by its president, Zephaniah Swift Moore, Amherst is the third oldest institution of higher education in Massachusetts. The institution was named after the town, which in turn had been named after Lord Jeffery Amherst. Amherst was established as a men’s college and became coeducational in 1975.
Amherst is an exclusively undergraduate four-year institution and enrolled 1,795 students in the fall of 2015. Students choose courses from 38 major programs in an open curriculum. Students are not required to study a core curriculum or fulfill any distribution requirements and may even design their own unique interdisciplinary major. Amherst was ranked as the second best liberal arts college in the country by U.S. News & World Report, and ninth out of all U.S. colleges and universities by Forbes in their 2015 rankings. Amherst competes in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Why visit Amherst We love having visitors on campus! We encourage you to visit Amherst to see the campus for yourself and meet our students and professors.
Why visit Amherst College?
To visit the quaint, quintessential college town of Amherst. To experience the five college consortium vibe. To see the beautiful 1,000 acre campus.