The promise of access

Preserving our historic strengths by supporting outstanding students and faculty.

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The promise of discovery

Opportunities to learn by doing, through research experience, field-based work, and course-related travel.

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The promise of achievements

The contributions of our alumni in every walk of life continue to grow in vast disproportion to their numbers.

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The promise of generations

Alumni, parents, and friends have made Amherst one of the most exceptional colleges in the country.

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Promise: The Campaign for Amherst's Third Century


$557 million raised
25,001 donors
$625 million goal

Today, if you encounter a fellow graduate, whether decades your junior or decades your senior, you will find a kindred spirit. We have all benefited from the transformative power of intellectual rigor and critical thinking. And we have all benefited from an environment that celebrates a rich chorus of diverse voices. In return, we are asked to opt for the challenging problem rather than the easy solution, to embrace the promise of change rather than settle for the comfort of the status quo. We are asked to demonstrate the same confidence in the future that a small group of idealists did two hundred years ago.

This is our time. This is our commitment.

This is our chance to fulfill the promise of this treasured place, and to renew our promise to those who will follow us. From the moment of its founding in 1821, Amherst College has been a place for students of promise. And for the two centuries since, that bold and daring confidence in individual potential has been fulfilled anew with each graduating class.