Amherst College

Amherst College, one of the most prestigious liberal arts schools in the country is set on 1000 acres in Amherst Massachusetts.  Amherst is a small school, with an enrollment under 2,000, but is part of the Five College Consortium that includes nearby UMass, Smith, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke. You can feel the purple pride on campus and although Amherst does not have a bookstore, you can purchase your Amherst paraphernalia at AJ Hastings.  Given the varied interests on campus and the diversity within the school, there is only one thing you can be sure that all Amherstians agree on - the "h" in Amherst is silent.

Visitor Information: Tour Amherst

Stay: Beautiful and charming the Lord Jeffery Inn is a two minute walk from campus and nicest hotel in the area. Overlooking the Emily Dickinson Homestead, The Amherst Inn, a bed and breakfast located a few minutes from campus, is a nice choice as well. Just two miles away is a Courtyard Marriott.

Coffee: A popular spot with a great vibe, Amherst Coffee offers delicious coffee and pastries. Student and locals alike love Rao's Coffee. On a warm day, sit outside and enjoy one of Raos' ice-blended coffees.

Breakfast: Lone Wolf is the go-to for a great breakfast. We hear the Challah French Toast is a must order. Just a 7 minute drive away, the Cushman Market and Cafe serves the most variations for an "egg on a roll" that we've seen on a menu. This cute New England spot is perfect for breakfast or lunch.

Lunch:  Black Sheep has amazing sandwiches, soup and salads. Head to High Horse for their black bean chili. Crazy Noodles is good for a quick asian noodle lunch. Bueno y Sano or Veracruzana are both good choices for Mexican. If you are in the mood for Mediterranean, head to Pita Pockets for delicious falafel and hummus. 


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Casual: Known for their popovers, head to Judie's Restaurant, an Amherst institution. Set on the banks of the Sawmill River, the Montague Bookmill is a used book shop which houses an art gallery, and a delicious restaurant, The Alvah Stone! Taste has great Thai food. You will get good food and great service at Bistro 63, serving American fare using local and organic ingredients. Students rave about Oriental Flavor.


A Step Up:  Lumberyard is one of the nicest restaurants in Amherst. Johnny's Tavern and High Horse are also good choices. If you are staying at the Lord Jeffrey Inn, you might consider eating at the hotel's restaurant, 30 Boltwood which serves locally sourced food.

Late Night Snack: Get the gourmet vegetarian pizza at Antonio's Pizza , then head to Glazed Donuts which is right next door.

Local Attractions:  Visit The Emily Dickinson Museum which includes The Homestead, where poet Emily Dickinson was born and lived most of her life, and The Evergreens, home to the poet’s brother and his family. You will find the Beneski Museum of History on campus featuring displays on extinction, evolution and the Connecticut River. If you have time, The Notch is a great hike up the mountains. Don't miss the on-campus farm called Book and Plow. Smith College, in neighboring Northampton, has a great museum that's worth a visit. 


I have never met a group of nicer, more hard working people in my life. The academic course load is rigorous, but Amherst is a very collaborative environment of students that encourages each other to succeed. Plus, professors are dedicated to supporting each student. Everyone at Amherst is passionate about something, which creates a group of inspiring, smart, fun and nice people.
— Caitlin
I love that it is in the middle of a beautiful mountain range and very peaceful and quiet but also close enough to UMass (school of 30,000) so the town is very vibrant.
— Dave






School Colors

Purple and White

Acceptance Rate


Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Decision







New England

Admissions Office

220 S Pleasant St
Amherst, MA 01002

(p) (413) 542-2000
(f) (413) 542-2040

Cate Zolkos, Dean of Admission

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division III

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Joseph Stiglitz
Dwight Morrow
Calvin Coolidge
David Foster Walllace
Dan Brown


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