The campus experience at Amherst starts with our students.
Our 1,850 bright, ambitious, high-spirited people come from all walks of life—from nearly every state and more than 50 countries. A full 48 percent of our students self-identify as U.S. students of color. About 10 percent of our students are international. Typically, about 60 percent of our students receive need-based financial aid, 25 percent are eligible for Pell grants, and 15 percent of our students are the first members of their families to attend college. We believe that diversity is an engine of innovation, and that a great intellectual community should look like the world. With every incoming student, that community comes to life here.
We’ve won 13 NCAA team titles. Our students have won 80 NCAA individual titles and 35 Academic All-American awards. Not coincidentally, we have the oldest college athletics program in the country.
Our students perform in at least a dozen musical ensembles, play on 27 Division III teams and run more than 150 clubs and organizations. They’re engaged in everything from community service to political activism, from student publications to affinity groups (cultural, religious, and more).
This is a place where learning includes living.
We guarantee housing for all of our students for all four years; almost all of our students live on campus; and all first-year students live in dormitories on our first-year quad, right in the heart of campus, as part of a comprehensive first-year experience. A number of theme communities allow students who share an interest to live together on the same residence hall floor or in the same house. Current theme communities include: Asian Culture House, Charles Drew Memorial Culture House (black culture), Humphries House Coop (cooperative living), Health and Wellness Quarter, La Casa (Latinx culture), Marsh Arts House, Sylvia Rivera Community (queer and trans culture) and French, German, Russian, and Spanish Houses.