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Mission: Terras irradient “LET THEM GIVE LIGHT TO THE WORLD.” 1821 Amherst College looks, above all, for students of intellectual promise who have demonstrated qualities of mind and character that will enable them to take full advantage of our curriculum. We seek qualified applicants from different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds – students whose several perspectives might contribute significantly to a process of mutual education within and beyond the curriculum. We aim to select from among the many qualified applicants those possessing the intellectual talent, discipline and imagination that will allow them most fully to benefit from our curriculum and contribute to the life of the college and society. Grades, standardized test scores, essays, recommendations, independent work, the quality of the secondary school program and achievements outside the classroom are among the factors used to evaluate this promise, but no one of these measures is considered determinative.

Why do so many of us fail to intervene when we’re needed—and what would it take to make us step up? In her new book, psy...
06/17/2020
How to Take a Stand: Catherine Sandersen and the Bystander Effect

Why do so many of us fail to intervene when we’re needed—and what would it take to make us step up? In her new book, psychology professor Catherine Sanderson explains the neuroscience behind inaction, and shares some simple strategies for resisting the pressure to conform.

In case you missed it... Over the past few weeks the College's Athletics department has hired four top-notch new coaches...
06/16/2020
Amherst College

In case you missed it... Over the past few weeks the College's Athletics department has hired four top-notch new coaches! Read more about the most recent additions to the Amherst Mammoths herd. #tusksup #WeAreMammoths #AmherstProud

Earlier this month we shared the list of winners of this year's senior prizes. Also worth celebrating are the first-year...
06/15/2020
Undergraduate Awards: 2020 | 6/2020 | Amherst College

Earlier this month we shared the list of winners of this year's senior prizes. Also worth celebrating are the first-years, sophomores and juniors who were recognized with awards for their own scholarship and citizenship. Without further ado...

The Commencement issue of The Amherst Student newspaper every year features a number of "outstanding" students who have ...
06/12/2020
Commencement 2020

The Commencement issue of The Amherst Student newspaper every year features a number of "outstanding" students who have left their indelible mark on their alma mater. This year, those profiled include award-winning scientists, activists and musicians, among other things. Take a minute to learn about their impressive accomplishments and plans for the future! #Amherst2020 #AmherstProud (Thank you to the editors of the paper for allowing us to share their work!)

What does an art thesis look like? A self-portrait. A work incorporating a "found object and thread." A paper exploring ...
06/09/2020
Senior Theses | About the Major | Amherst College

What does an art thesis look like? A self-portrait. A work incorporating a "found object and thread." A paper exploring illustration in Botticelli’s "Commedia.” Intrigued? Take a look at what our senior art and the history of art majors created this year. #Amherst2020 #AmherstProud

The Friday before Commencement each year, Amherst hosts Senior Assembly, which features speeches, music and the awarding...
06/09/2020
Senior Awards & Prizes 2020 | Commencement | Amherst College

The Friday before Commencement each year, Amherst hosts Senior Assembly, which features speeches, music and the awarding of academic prizes and honorary class memberships. Without further ado, we are sharing the 2020 winners and offering our congratulations--you guessed it--virtually. Hooray for our accomplished seniors! So #AmherstProud of you!

SCHOLARSHIP AND CITIZENSHIP The Obed Finch Slingerland Memorial Prize, from the income of a fund established by an anonymous donor, is awarded by the Trustees of the College to a member of the senior class, who, during their first three years at Amherst, has shown by determination and accomplishment...

We asked our newest alumni about their favorite classes and their theses. Here are some of their answers. #Amherst2020 #...
06/05/2020
Senior Reflections

We asked our newest alumni about their favorite classes and their theses. Here are some of their answers. #Amherst2020 #WeAreMammoths #AmherstTogether

As the COVID-19 pandemic intensified during the last few weeks of the semester--and stress and fears mounted--some Amher...
06/04/2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic intensified during the last few weeks of the semester--and stress and fears mounted--some Amherst professors leaned in and used the situation as an educational moment for their students and themselves.

It’s no surprise thatBiologists write haikusCells are like poems(A for effort? Come on--we tried!)The biology department...
06/04/2020

It’s no surprise that
Biologists write haikus
Cells are like poems

(A for effort? Come on--we tried!)

The biology department's annual thesis celebration this year involved laughter, goodbyes and verse via Zoom, of course.

On May 31, Amherst President Biddy Martin sent a message to the College community about racism, truth and responsibility...
06/02/2020
Racism, Truth, and Responsibility | Letters & Statements | Amherst College

On May 31, Amherst President Biddy Martin sent a message to the College community about racism, truth and responsibility. Read more.

May 31, 2020 Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni, This morning‘s celebration of our graduates offered a reprieve from the horror, deep sadness, and rage I feel about the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the much longer list of unarmed black men, women, trans and n...

06/02/2020
A Magical Congratulations from Philosophy Professor Alex George

Over the past few weeks we've posted more than a few montages of congratulatory messages from Amherst faculty and staff. Some, though, didn't make it into those collections for one reason or another. Take philosophy professor Alex George's submission, which is, um, "sleightly" longer than most.

ICYMI, the College hosted an event yesterday honoring a very special group of students: The great class of 2020. Read mo...
06/01/2020
Don’t Call It a Commencement | 5/2020 | Amherst College

ICYMI, the College hosted an event yesterday honoring a very special group of students: The great class of 2020. Read more about the celebration. Congrats again to Amherst's newest alumni! #Amherst2020 #WeAreMammoths #AmherstTogether

Get ready! The Celebration of the Class of 2020 starts in 10 minutes at https://www.amherst.edu/go/2020! #Amherst2020 #C...
05/31/2020

Get ready! The Celebration of the Class of 2020 starts in 10 minutes at https://www.amherst.edu/go/2020! #Amherst2020 #CelebrateAC2020 #WeAreMammoths

You may have heard about or seen on social media the tribute to our seniors on campus. We didn't want to share anything ...
05/30/2020

You may have heard about or seen on social media the tribute to our seniors on campus. We didn't want to share anything ourselves until we captured an image via drone of ALL of the names together. Congrats, Amherst class of 2020! #Amherst2020 #CelebrateAC2020 #WeAreMammoths

In recognition of long-serving staff member Carol Ryan's retirement, her colleagues in the facilities department organiz...
05/29/2020

In recognition of long-serving staff member Carol Ryan's retirement, her colleagues in the facilities department organized a 40+ vehicle "Rolling Rally" to bid her farewell. Happy, happy trails, Carol! We will miss you!

During this time of social distancing, we still wanted to show our love and thanks to Carol Ryan, who retired after 15 years of service to the college. She worked as a Parking Clerk for ACPD before serving all of us daily in the Service Center. Carol thank you for all you did for us!! You will be missed!
All photos by Mark Uchneat!

05/29/2020

Amherst just wouldn’t be Amherst without the amazing people who work at the College. Here our faculty and staff offer their congratulations to the incredible class of 2020! #Amherst2020 #CelebrateAC2020 #WeAreMammoths #AmherstTogether

Remember when the members of the class of 2020 made their first appearance on campus in 2016? We absolutely do. Check ou...
05/29/2020
Orientation 2016 | Amherst in Pictures | Amherst College

Remember when the members of the class of 2020 made their first appearance on campus in 2016? We absolutely do. Check out some photos of the seniors as eager first-years! #Amherst2020 #CelebrateAC2020 #WeAreMammoths https://www.amherst.edu/amherst-story/today/amherst-in-pictures/orientation-2016

Starting on August 30, 2016, Amherst College welcomed the incoming Class of 2020, kicking off an orientation program that ranged from Squad Meetings, to lectures, and tours and academic advising. Students explored the campus, got to know their classmates and professors, and learned about the many re...

Because the class of 2020's family and friends can't hold up signs and hoot and holler in pride as their graduates recei...
05/28/2020
Congratulations Class of 2020

Because the class of 2020's family and friends can't hold up signs and hoot and holler in pride as their graduates receive their degrees in person--just wait until next year!--we thought we would give them the opportunity to do so online. Please enjoy the well wishes from Amherst moms and dads, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, besties, neighbors and pets among many, many, MANY others. #Amherst2020 #WeAreMammoths #CelebrateAC2020 #AmherstTogether https://amhrst.is/2020proud

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05/27/2020

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05/27/2020

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Within the inner circle of the War Memorial, you’ll find the names of 33 Amherst alumni, from the classes of 1899 to 192...
05/25/2020

Within the inner circle of the War Memorial, you’ll find the names of 33 Amherst alumni, from the classes of 1899 to 1920, who lost their lives in “the war to end all wars.” Today we remember them and all of our alumni over the years who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

05/24/2020
Congratulations to the 2020 Amherst College Mathematics and Statistics graduates

Our seniors may have been gone from campus the past couple of weeks, but they were certainly not forgotten--and definitely not by the College's Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Faculty members put together this sweet goodbye message for their students. Check it out!

The faculty of the Amherst College Department of Mathematics and Statistics congratulate our graduates as they head off into the world. We're so proud of you...

Were it not for the COVID-19 pandemic, today would have been the day that friends and family converged on campus for Com...
05/22/2020
Virtual Amherst Pride | Commencement | Amherst College

Were it not for the COVID-19 pandemic, today would have been the day that friends and family converged on campus for Commencement and three days of honoring our seniors. You can still show your #AmherstPride on social media by using some of our filters, frames, backgrounds and other graphics! #WeAreMammoths #Amherst2020 https://www.amherst.edu/news/specialevents/commencement/virtual-amherst-pride

Filters Mammoth Stickers for InstagramMammoth Stickers for Facebook Camera Johnson Chapel background for InstagramJohnson Chapel background for Facebook Camera Holyoke Range background for InstagramHolyoke Range background for Facebook Camera Facebook Profile Frames Amherst Class of 2020 banner, Col...

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Amherst College educates young people of exceptional potential from all backgrounds so that they may seek, value, and advance knowledge, engage the world around them, and lead principled lives of consequence. Amherst searches for exceptional students from across the country and around the world, including from places and populations that are historically underrepresented in higher education. Our financial aid policies are among the most generous in the nation. A successful Amherst student is someone who will embrace our open curriculum, engage our talented faculty and actively contribute to a student body that is diverse in both background and perspective. Amherst College is committed to learning through close colloquy and to expanding the realm of knowledge through scholarly research and artistic creation at the highest level. Its graduates link learning with leadership—in service to the College, to their communities, and to the world beyond.

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