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 1855 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 Ath Conf athletic conference, the school has 563 athletes with Football, Basketball, 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.

Campus Housing - Dorms and Meal Plans

Provides on campus housing

Residence hall capacity

Does college offer a meal plan?
Yes, number of meals in the maximum meal plan offered

Must all students live on campus?

Number of meals per week are provided with the meal plan
Residence halls on campus:
Appleton, Chapman, Charles Drew House, Charles Pratt, Cohan, Coolidge, Crossett, Garman, Hamilton (Lipton), Hitchcock, Humphries, James, Jenkins, King, Leland, Marsh, MayoSmith, Moore, Morris Pratt, Morrow, Newport, North, Plimpton, Pond, Porter, Seelye, Seligman, South, Stearns, Stone, Taplin, Tyler, Valentine, Wieland, Williston

Sports Programs & Athletics

Athletic conferences
    Football - New England Small College Ath Conf
    Basketball - New England Small College Ath Conf
    Baseball - New England Small College Ath Conf
    Cross Country/Track - New England Small College Ath Conf

Number of Varsity Athletes by Sport in 2018

Sport # of Men # of Women
All Track Combined 98 90
Baseball 33
Basketball 17 12
Field Hockey 22
Football 76
Golf 7 9
Ice Hockey 24 22
Lacrosse 46 26
Soccer 28 25
Softball 19
Squash 15 15
Swimming and Diving 27 28
Tennis 16 19
Volleyball 15
Data from 2015-2016
Athletic Association
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Athletic Classification
NCAA Division III with football



Athletic Summary
Total # athletes


Male Athletes 321
Female Athletes 242


Total sports revenue

Total sports expenses

Avg. head coach salary - Women
(# full-time equivalents)
$95,032 (10.8)

Avg. head coach salary - Men
(# FTE)
$124,565 (8.2)

Campus Services and Programs

Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Library facilities
Access to digital/electronic resources
Access to library collections that are shared with other institutions
Established library hours
Organized collection of printed materials
Physical facilities
Staff trained to provide and interpret library materials
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Hospital on campus?


% of students with registered disabilities

Nearby Restaurants

Oriental Flavor

Miles From Campus: 0.21
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The Lone Wolf

Miles From Campus: 0.21
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Miles From Campus: 0.23
One of the best froyos I have tried! If you like the sour authentic yogurt flavor, this is the place for you. A bit expensive (I think it was around $4.50...

Bueno Y Sano

Miles From Campus: 0.24
This place has good burritos. I got the pulled pork with barbecue burrito. It was good.

Johnny's Tavern

Miles From Campus: 0.26
On arrival this place was close to full. We ordered the crab cakes, calamari, scampi with white wine and capers and fried chicken. The cake had a generous...


Miles From Campus: 0.26
I didn't go to school around here and didn't have the luxury of going all the time, but I heard enough good reviews and so I had the perfect opportunity to...

Bistro 63

Miles From Campus: 0.3
This review is for our rehearsal dinner for our wedding: My husband and I had our rehearsal dinner at Bistro 63 in December 2017. Melanie and Alyssa were...

Pita Pockets - Amherst

Miles From Campus: 0.33
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Lili's Restaurant

Miles From Campus: 0.42
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Chez Albert

Miles From Campus: 0.42
Long time listener, first time caller...Full Disclosure: loyal customer here. Chez Albert is an asset to Amherst and a hidden gem of Western Massachusetts....

El Comalito

Miles From Campus: 2.21
Service is great. That friendly boy with his charming smile could brighten anyone's day. Nice decor, a television playing some j-lo when me and my...

Mission Cantina

Miles From Campus: 2.26
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Cushman Market and Cafe

Miles From Campus: 2.82
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Pulse Cafe

Miles From Campus: 2.91
Incredibly well-thought out restaurant, clean, lovely, spacious. The food is very good and there's a nice variety between the main dishes and desserts. We...

Flayvors of Cook Farm

Miles From Campus: 3.37
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Atkins Farms

Miles From Campus: 3.72
MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT ATKINS FARM!!! THIS IS A MUST-VISIT PLACE IN NEW ENGLAND!!! I was advised by a waitress in Northampton to check out Atkin's Farm...

The Quarters

Miles From Campus: 4.2
This place was different it actually made feel like you were a kid again I love it and had fun. The beers are great and the creation of the food is fun....

Alina's Ristorante

Miles From Campus: 4.56
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Esselon Coffee Roasting

Miles From Campus: 4.58
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Tran's World Food Market

Miles From Campus: 4.92
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Miles From Campus: 0.25
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Glazed Doughnut Shop

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Miles From Campus: 0.27
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The Spoke

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Miles From Campus: 0.73
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Hot Table

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The Moan & Dove

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