Amherst College

Amherst College 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 1,849 students in the fall of 2016. 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 design their own interdisciplinary major. For the class of 2020, Amherst received 8,406 applications and accepted 1,161, yielding a 13.8% acceptance rate. Amherst was ranked as the second best liberal arts college in the country by U.S. News & World Report, and 17th out of all U.S. colleges and universities by Forbes in their 2017 rankings. Amherst competes in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

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