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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.

Operating as usual

Snow place like home ❄️📸: Haoran Tong '23
01/22/2021

Snow place like home ❄️

📸: Haoran Tong '23

LitFest goes virtual!This year, from Feb. 25 to 28, the 6th annual LitFest, Amherst's literary festival, will be hosted ...
01/21/2021

LitFest goes virtual!

This year, from Feb. 25 to 28, the 6th annual LitFest, Amherst's literary festival, will be hosted virtually and feature award-winning authors including Charles Yu, Anne Applebaum, Megha Majumdar, Tommye Blount and Natalie Diaz. LitFest celebrates fiction, nonfiction, poetry and spoken-word performance, as well as the College's extraordinary literary life. https://bit.ly/3sKNMOe

The new presidential administration will include several Amherst alumni in key roles, from the COVID-19 advisory board t...
01/20/2021

The new presidential administration will include several Amherst alumni in key roles, from the COVID-19 advisory board to the Department of State.

Congratulations to our alumni on their new appointments!

01/20/2021
National Day of Recollection

Today, we joined Town of Amherst, MA in remembering and honoring the individuals who lost their lives to COVID-19.

At 5:30 pm, Johnson Chapel and the Octagon were illuminated in purple, and the chapel bells rang for five minutes in a moment of collective remembrance and unity.

01/18/2021
In honor and celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today, we honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a courageous and outspoken advocate for civil rights, social and racial justice, and education.

This year, our students joined the new Center for Restorative Practices in a discussion circle to reflect on their challenges, hopes, and visions as we collectively work towards the world Dr. King dared us to dream of. #MLKDay

Congratulations to Dr. David A. Kessler '73, who has been appointed to lead Operation Warp Speed, the federal program ac...
01/15/2021
Biden Picks Former F.D.A. Chief to Lead Federal Vaccine Efforts

Congratulations to Dr. David A. Kessler '73, who has been appointed to lead Operation Warp Speed, the federal program accelerating development of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. https://nyti.ms/3qnIh6b

Dr. David Kessler, who helped speed the development and approval of AIDS drugs in the 1990s, will become the top science official at Operation Warp Speed.

We are beyond proud of our alumni working at the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, who have now begun receiving vacc...
01/14/2021

We are beyond proud of our alumni working at the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, who have now begun receiving vaccinations.

From left to right: Estevan Velez '20, Samantha Toerge '99, Donna Leet '15, and David Hexter '84

In light of COVID-19, how do we ensure all students and families can navigate the admissions process?We co-founded the S...
01/13/2021

In light of COVID-19, how do we ensure all students and families can navigate the admissions process?

We co-founded the Six Colleges Initiative with Bowdoin College, Carleton College, Pomona College, Swarthmore College and Williams College, a collective that created a streamlined, single point of admissions information: https://bit.ly/3qeakoB

A recent snapshot of the sun setting on campus 🌑📸  : Haoran Tong '23
01/12/2021

A recent snapshot of the sun setting on campus 🌑

📸 : Haoran Tong '23

“We are attempting to dismantle [the] stereotype that oral cultures cannot also have written traditions. We are also wor...
01/11/2021

“We are attempting to dismantle [the] stereotype that oral cultures cannot also have written traditions. We are also working against a history of Indigenous experience with research, wherein scholars regularly stole stories, published them, altered them, and even used them as evidence against Indigenous populations. We do not want to repeat those behaviors.” - Mike Kelly, Head of Archives and Special Collections at Amherst College Library

In an interview with American Libraries Magazine, Kelly recently discussed how the College promotes ethical and culturally responsive care to Indigenous collections. https://bit.ly/2JYpK0T

"It was emotionally wrenching to see a storming of the Capitol by people intent on overturning the results of a presiden...
01/07/2021

"It was emotionally wrenching to see a storming of the Capitol by people intent on overturning the results of a presidential election and preventing a peaceful transfer of power."

Read President Biddy Martin's letter to the campus community: https://bit.ly/3s68BDu

Working at the intersection of computer science and statistics, Assistant Professor Matteo Riondato figures out how to e...
01/06/2021

Working at the intersection of computer science and statistics, Assistant Professor Matteo Riondato figures out how to extract the best (i.e., most accurate) information from enormous data sets. This burgeoning specialty has implications for cancer research, virology and more.

This past fall, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded him a grant for research and course development. https://bit.ly/2L5UzB6

Before we wave goodbye to this year, here's a look back at 2020 in Amherst.Happy new year! 🎆
12/31/2020

Before we wave goodbye to this year, here's a look back at 2020 in Amherst.

Happy new year! 🎆

For many presidential and election experts, this year has been quite a ride. But for Professor Lawrence Douglas, who acc...
12/29/2020

For many presidential and election experts, this year has been quite a ride.

But for Professor Lawrence Douglas, who accurately predicted the election outcome in his May 2020 book "Will He Go?," it's been more like a rocket launch. https://bit.ly/3ho3tFW

Wishing you a happy and joyful holiday! ❄️📸: Haoran Tong '23
12/24/2020

Wishing you a happy and joyful holiday! ❄️

📸: Haoran Tong '23

Looking ahead to a new year with renewed hope and excitement. ✨2020 was unpredictably difficult but like any year, it ha...
12/23/2020

Looking ahead to a new year with renewed hope and excitement. ✨

2020 was unpredictably difficult but like any year, it had its positive moments. What moments will you take into the new year with you?

What do greatest hits like Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart," Air Supply Music's "Making Love Out of Nothing A...
12/22/2020
If a Hit Had Operatic Drama—From Meat Loaf to Celine Dion—Chances Are, Jim Steinman Made It

What do greatest hits like Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart," Air Supply Music's "Making Love Out of Nothing At All," and Céline Dion's "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" have in common? 🎵

They were written and produced by Jim Steinman '69. http://ow.ly/OBKb50CMmEh

Steinman’s frontman and muse was Meat Loaf—he then reinvented Bonnie Tyler, Air Supply, Barry Manilow and Celine Dion as fire-and-brimstone anthem singers.

Did you know Dave Jauss '80, who has joined the New York Mets as bench coach, graduated from Amherst College?Jauss earne...
12/21/2020
METS NAME DAVE JAUSS BENCH COACH

Did you know Dave Jauss '80, who has joined the New York Mets as bench coach, graduated from Amherst College?

Jauss earned a psychology degree and played in both the baseball and basketball teams. One of his teammates? Former MLB general manager Dan Duquette '80. http://ow.ly/uTwX50CQBxt

FLUSHING, N.Y., December 16, 2020 — The New York Mets announced today that the team has hired Dave Jauss to serve as the club’s bench…

A glimpse of campus from sunset to snow: December 14, 2020 and December 17, 2020. ❄️
12/18/2020

A glimpse of campus from sunset to snow: December 14, 2020 and December 17, 2020. ❄️

President Biddy Martin has announced that the College will move the start date of the spring semester to Monday, Februar...
12/17/2020

President Biddy Martin has announced that the College will move the start date of the spring semester to Monday, February 15 and ensure it concludes, including finals, by Friday, May 28.

The semester was previously scheduled to begin Wednesday, February 3. http://ow.ly/jsIM50CNwwP

Due to the snowstorm, the Amherst College campus will be closed Thursday, December 17. More information: http://ow.ly/Ik...
12/16/2020

Due to the snowstorm, the Amherst College campus will be closed Thursday, December 17.

More information: http://ow.ly/Ik8H50CNxBb

Jeremy Thomas '21 on his family's reaction to the news that he'd won a #RhodesScholarship. Thomas studied remotely from ...
12/16/2020

Jeremy Thomas '21 on his family's reaction to the news that he'd won a #RhodesScholarship.

Thomas studied remotely from his home in Texas during the fall semester. http://ow.ly/w8EL50CNflT

A view of the same spot on campus from August 2020 ☀️  and December 2020 ❄️📸: Mark Uchneat
12/15/2020

A view of the same spot on campus from August 2020 ☀️ and December 2020 ❄️

📸: Mark Uchneat

How do you teach a course on local Amherst poets from across the Atlantic to a class of on-campus and remote students, s...
12/14/2020

How do you teach a course on local Amherst poets from across the Atlantic to a class of on-campus and remote students, some of whom haven't yet set foot in Amherst?

For Assistant Professor of English Amelia Worsley, that was the challenge the COVID-19 pandemic created. But her reimagined course became an experience both lonelier and more intimate for her students. http://ow.ly/NCvc50CKaGE

Yesterday evening, the Class of 2021E graduated in a virtual reception and ceremony. We are so proud of our newly gradua...
12/12/2020

Yesterday evening, the Class of 2021E graduated in a virtual reception and ceremony. We are so proud of our newly graduated Mammoths!

Congratulations! 🎓

Congratulations and welcome to our new Mammoths in the Class of 2025! 🦣
12/11/2020

Congratulations and welcome to our new Mammoths in the Class of 2025! 🦣

Notifications for our Early Decision applicants were released at 1821, or 6:21pmEST, honoring the year Amherst College was founded. Welcome, new Mammoths! #AmherstProud #Amherst2025

12/10/2020
Bloomberg Philanthropies

The best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 during the holidays?

"Reduce your contacts," recommends Dr. David Kessler '73, co-chair of the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Advisory Board.

Holiday travel has coincided with the rise in COVID-19 cases. Dr. David Kessler feels that “the most important thing is to reduce contact with other people by social distancing and wearing masks.” Jonathan Capehart sits down with Dr. Kessler to discuss at the Bloomberg #AmericanHealth Summit.

She set out to study her contentious relationship with wealth. In doing so, Chloe McKenzie '14 created a term that's gai...
12/09/2020

She set out to study her contentious relationship with wealth. In doing so, Chloe McKenzie '14 created a term that's gaining traction: financial trauma. http://ow.ly/6izM50CGPRO

"It’s not enough to increase access for Black and brown students. We have to focus on their experience after the moment ...
12/08/2020

"It’s not enough to increase access for Black and brown students. We have to focus on their experience after the moment of enrollment.” - Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer Norm Jones

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, a national grant pursued by Jones and secured by the College in 2018, is one way to do that. http://ow.ly/Nex750CFQXM

Congratulations to Elaine Jeon '17, who was selected to join the Class of 2022 of Schwarzman Scholars! 👏Elaine majored i...
12/07/2020

Congratulations to Elaine Jeon '17, who was selected to join the Class of 2022 of Schwarzman Scholars! 👏

Elaine majored in economics at Amherst and envisions a future of healthier cities, where health is at the forefront of every urban policy decision and multisectoral collaboration to drive sustainable change. #AmherstProud

For Samantha Rothberg '21, the Wildlife Sanctuary is the classroom. As part of her senior thesis, she is banding black-c...
12/05/2020

For Samantha Rothberg '21, the Wildlife Sanctuary is the classroom. As part of her senior thesis, she is banding black-capped chickadees with unique radio-frequency tags. Her thesis will determine how social group dynamics respond to variation in temperature, giving insight to how they might respond to climate change.

“Early on we knew from the beginning of the semester it would be important to be very transparent both with our own inte...
12/04/2020
Yale professors evaluate college COVID dashboards

“Early on we knew from the beginning of the semester it would be important to be very transparent both with our own internal Amherst College community but also with the local community and our neighbors." - Matt Hart, director of emergency management

We Rate COVID Dashboards, the project led by Yale University professors, recently gave the Amherst College COVID-19 dashboard a high score for its transparency and communication. http://ow.ly/mX2A50CCMKx

The project We Rate COVID Dashboards has been evaluating college and university attempts at transparency. Eight months into the pandemic, how are institutions doing?

Why do even the most reasonable people you know bend COVID-19 safety rules? "Inaction breeds inaction," says psychology ...
12/03/2020

Why do even the most reasonable people you know bend COVID-19 safety rules?

"Inaction breeds inaction," says psychology professor Catherine Sanderson. "The more people don't speak up, the more it confirms to you that everyone is okay with it." http://ow.ly/XijM50CqCxJ

For Dan Cluchey '08, it has been quite the ride to serve as a speechwriter in Joe Biden's campaign since 2019. Read more...
11/28/2020

For Dan Cluchey '08, it has been quite the ride to serve as a speechwriter in Joe Biden's campaign since 2019.

Read more about his experience working with the campaign: http://ow.ly/46lL50CqFwr

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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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