19 Facts About Amherst College


Amherst College is a private liberal arts college in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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Moore, then President of Williams Amherst College still believed that Williamstown was an unsuitable location for a college.

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In 1835, Amherst College attempted to create a course of study parallel to the classical liberal arts education.

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Amherst College's hoods are purple with a white stripe or chevron, said to signify that Amherst College was born of Williams.

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In 2022, Amherst was ranked as the best liberal arts college in the country by The Wall Street Journal.

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Amherst College offers 41 fields of study in the sciences, arts, humanities, mathematics and computer sciences, social sciences, foreign languages, classics, and several interdisciplinary fields and provides an unusually open curriculum.

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Amherst College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.

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Amherst College has been the first college to have undergraduate departments in the interdisciplinary fields of American Studies; Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought; and Neuroscience and has helped to pioneer other interdisciplinary programs, including Asian Languages and Civilizations.

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Amherst College library is named for long-time faculty member, poet Robert Frost.

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Amherst College has been recognized for its commitment to quality teaching with professor-student interaction.

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Amherst College is located in the town of Amherst in Western Massachusetts.

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Amherst College has a total of 34 residence halls, seven of which are strictly for first year students.

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Amherst College owns the Dickinson Homestead, operated as a museum about the life and history of poet Emily Dickinson, and the Lord Jeffery Inn, near to the main campus.

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Amherst College is reducing its energy consumption through a computerized monitoring system for lighting and the use of an efficient cogeneration facility.

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Amherst College operates a composting program, in which a portion of the food waste from dining halls is sent to a farmer in Vermont.

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Ninety-eight percent of Amherst College freshmen enrolled in Fall 2020 returned for their sophomore year; ninety-two percent of the most recent cohort graduated within six years.

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Original unofficial mascot of Amherst College, Lord Jeffery Amherst, was a cause of concern in the Amherst community.

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Amherst College is one of the "Little Three", along with Williams and Wesleyan.

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Amherst College's growing athletics program has been the subject of controversy in recent years due to dramatic contrasts between the racial and socioeconomic makeup of its student athletes and the rest of its student body, the clustering of athletes in particular academic departments, and a perceived "divide" on campus between varsity athletes and other students.

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