All freshman are required to live in one of seven dorms on campus for their first year. All together, Amherst has 34 residence halls and 62 resident counselors, allowing for a 1858 person capacity. Every year, students can take part in the Lip Sync, performing skits and dances, in order to get first dorm room picks. The Valentine Dining Hall features food sourced from local farms, including the school’s own.
The Keefe Campus Center is one of the most popular buildings on campus. It plays host to the post office, game room, Amherst Student, movie theater, WAMH radio, a coffee house, student rooms, performing spaces, and several resource and group centers. Another well trafficked building is the Frost Library, named for Robert Frost, which contains over 1.5 million volumes and nearly 600,000 media materials. Museums on campus include the Emily Dickinson Museum, Beneski Museum of Natural History, and the Mead Art Museum.
Students can choose to participate in over 100 student run organizations, including community engagement, publications, religion, cultural, politics, radio, and more. The Wildlife Sanctuary recently celebrated its 80th anniversary and features 500 acres of fields, wetlands, woods, rivers, pines, ponds, and more. It’s regularly used for research and recreation.
With plenty of hiking trails, fishing, and kayaking areas surrounding the campus, athletics are a big part of life at Amherst. Part of the New England Small College Athletic Conference athletic conference, the school has 582 athletes with Football, Basketball, and Lacrosse being the most popular varsity sports. Amherst features playing fields, a fitness center, pool, courts, and an ice rink.
Located in the heart of Amherst itself, students are invited to leave the campus to either explore the wilderness or experience the life of the city. The town offers plenty of delicious restaurants, coffee shops, concert halls, and outdoor activities.
|Sport||# of Men||# of Women|
|Swimming and Diving||27||30|
|Track and Field, Indoor||47||47|
|Track and Field, Outdoor||47||41|
|Track and Field, X-Country||20||13|
Data from 2018