The Amherst Story

Our story is your story. Since 1821, we’ve been helping our students find their own voices, discover their own truths and forge their own paths in the world. Our students and alumni are the true authors of the Amherst story. Help write our next chapter.

A Vibrant Community

Amherst is a private, not-for-profit college that for almost two centuries has prepared students to use ideas to make a difference in the world. At Amherst, you are part of a lively, inquisitive, devoted community of students, faculty, staff and alumni who find inspiration in one another and in the process of learning.  

Farm Festival

We’re Dedicated To:

Amherst College is deeply committed to issues surrounding inclusivity, a sense of belonging, diversity, environmental sustainability and impact, and responsible stewardship.

Our Alumni

Celebrating Our Alumni

From college presidents to CEOs to Pulitzer Prize winners, our alumni are amazing. There’s no other way to say it.  Take some time to read their stories.

Sonia Sanchez, the first Black woman faculty member at Amherst, teaches a class in the early 1970s

Black Women of Amherst: A Storytelling Project

Hear the untold stories of Black women of Amherst and tell your own story. This project celebrates alumnae, students, faculty, staff, potential students and future generations. 

The President of Amherst

President Carolyn

Biddy Martin

Biddy Martin was elected the 19th president of Amherst College in 2011. She had served as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin—Madison since 2008 and as Cornell University’s provost from 2000 to 2008.