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 714 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, Greenway, Hamilton (Lipton), Hitchcock, Humphries, James, Jenkins, King, Leland, Lincoln House, Marsh, MayoSmith, Moore, Morris Pratt, Morrow, Newport, North, Plimpton, Pond, Porter, Rice House, 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 98 105
Baseball 31
Basketball 19 14
Field Hockey 23
Football 76
Golf 15 9
Ice Hockey 24 24
Lacrosse 47 28
Soccer 29 26
Softball 16
Squash 13 13
Swimming and Diving 25 29
Tennis 17 18
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 394
Female Athletes 320


Total sports revenue

Total sports expenses

Avg. head coach salary - Women
(# full-time equivalents)
$86,589 (10.8)

Avg. head coach salary - Men
(# FTE)
$106,095 (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


Miles From Campus: 0.26
What can I say? You walk in. Browse what seems like a never ending pizza counter with any kind of pizza topping I could ever think up. Just aMAZing! You...

Pita Pockets - Amherst

Miles From Campus: 0.33
Delicious food and a very welcoming staff - I couldn't ask for anything more. I had the delicious chicken pocket and tried some of their falafel which is...

Lili's Restaurant

Miles From Campus: 0.42
Wonderful food and service! Our party of five shared the five dishes we ordered. Noodles were all made to order, and spice preferences were adhered to. The...

Pulse Cafe

Miles From Campus: 2.91
We took a day trip to the area to visit a local museum. Wow, we're so glad we Yelped and found this place. Great menu with lots to choose from. We shared a...

Flayvors of Cook Farm

Miles From Campus: 3.37
Creamiest ice cream in the valley with the best views (especially sunset)! My favorite flavor is Inez--coconut almond chip. They always have seasonal...

Atkins Farms

Miles From Campus: 3.72
Bakery is the best in the area. Cupcakes are excellent! Prices are slightly higher but it's what you would expect for quality and fresh farm unique goods.

Esselon Coffee Roasting

Miles From Campus: 4.58
No trip to the Valley is complete without an espresso soda from Esselon. The servers here are friendly and make a dang good cup of coffee (though really,...

Amanouz Cafe

Miles From Campus: 6.72
Yum!! Excellent food, excellent, very friendly service. It's an order at the counter place but the food is cooked to order and delivered to your table. We...


Miles From Campus: 6.75
First off, as a South American coffee enthusiast I'm usually not the biggest fan of diner coffee because it's generally watered down and weak for my...


Miles From Campus: 6.78
Consistently serving up quality Froyo under $6. They change their three flavors every Monday night but keep the original throughout the year. They always...

Herrell's Ice Cream & Bakery

Miles From Campus: 6.87
My family and I have been coming to herrell's for years now and I absolutely enjoy the place, the ice cream's always good, with its rich thick texture. The...

Pita Pockets

Miles From Campus: 6.9
This place is amazing. If you ever find yourself in one of those small little places that look like a dive but the line at the counter is nearly out the...

The Green Bean

Miles From Campus: 6.94
One of the BEST places for breakfast in town. Amazing staff and super smart and enjoyable menu. Fun & cozy environment too.

Hungry Ghost Bread

Miles From Campus: 6.95
Bread is excellent, baked goods (especially savory hand pies, tarts) are delicious. Get the mushroom/truffle pizza!!! Customer service is great- I've...

Bombay Royale

Miles From Campus: 6.95
I have this place bookmarked for a while and finally got the chance to drive here with my friend. Poori 5/5: very crunchy, goes well with the sauce next...

Cafe Evolution

Miles From Campus: 8.07
I have had by far most of the time good food, service has always been very polite, staff super nice. There are times when the place is a bit busy, the...

Coco & The Cellar Bar

Miles From Campus: 10.56
Highly Recommend. On Friday, ​March 16th five of my friends and I came to Coco's and the Cellar Bar for dinner. Coco's has an outstanding reputation in the...

Small Oven

Miles From Campus: 10.58
Consistently terrific baked goods, e.g., breads, sandwiches, pastries, cakes, etc. Their muffins, for example, are just so much tastier than the ones you...

Mt. Tom's Homemade Ice Cream

Miles From Campus: 10.63
This place is so cute and smells wonderful when you walk in. It's both an ice cream shop and candy store, and there was also beautiful local artwork on the...

Pekarski's Sausage

Miles From Campus: 10.97
Indeed... the rave reviews are all true! Your current definition of BACON will be radically altered after you eat this bacon, and you'll never go back to...
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Nearby Social Spots

30 Boltwood

Miles From Campus: 0.14
For the third year in a row, my love and I have come here on Christmas Day evening for a romantic meal. I am updating my review to reflect a few things I...

Laughing Dog Bicycles

Miles From Campus: 0.18
Small place that's been there forever, owned and operated by quirky, friendly bicycle aficionados--exactly what I want in a bike store. No attitudes,...

Fresh Side

Miles From Campus: 0.21
My husband and I really enjoy Fresh Side. It's one of our few must haves when we are in Amherst. The tea rolls are yummy and very light. The vegetable fried...

LimeRed Teahouse

Miles From Campus: 0.25
Expensive and slow, but very popular for a reason because the tea is so tasty. It's mostly populated with young folks. Very tasty with a line out the door.

Glazed Doughnut Shop

Miles From Campus: 0.25
I walked in and decided I must have discovered heaven (I love a good donut). After a great dinner at another local spot, this was going to be the perfect...

Amherst Coffee + Bar

Miles From Campus: 0.25
Wow!!! I loved Amherst Coffee before but the new upgrade but now wow!!! First awesome list of alcoholic beverages including bourbon, whiskey and scotch....

Amherst Cinema

Miles From Campus: 0.25
Great little theatre in Amherst. Most of the screens are small, but one of them is large. They have a nice selection of local beer that they let you bring...

Johnny's Tavern

Miles From Campus: 0.26
My co-worker and I found this place while looking for a late lunch after working at UMASS all day. It was after 2, so parking and seating wasn't a problem....

High Horse

Miles From Campus: 0.27
I really don't know why High Horse doesn't have more stars. One I'm obsessed with High Horse I am so upset that I no longer have the convenience of going...

Emily Dickinson Museum

Miles From Campus: 0.35
I've always admired Emily Dickinson and her poetry. After all, her words got me through the darkest times of my life and it was very refreshing to hear (or...

The Spoke

Miles From Campus: 0.54
After telling an old friend of mine from back East my son was going to go to Amherst, he told me I needed to visit the Spoke when I got to town. I was only...

Hangar Pub & Grill

Miles From Campus: 0.73
The Hanger is a great place to come chill with some friends or your significant other and enjoy some tasty wings, beer or cocktail. We've been coming here...

Hot Table

Miles From Campus: 2.01
Visited Hot Table for a quick small lunch during a basketball tournament. I ordered a small cheddar steak panini and a side cup of broccoli cheddar soup. I...

The Moan & Dove

Miles From Campus: 2.19
Quiet, dark and chock full of top shelf brews. Pack your favorite pub game, grab a pizza from Sibies across the street and plop down at a booth for...

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...

Cushman Market and Cafe

Miles From Campus: 2.82
I kept it safe and got one egg on a roll with turkey sausage and cheese. I was super pleased. The place is very Western Mass, very cute, very STPEC. When I...

Wildwood Barbeque

Miles From Campus: 3.27
I am in search of great BBQ in New England, having had such great food elsewhere in the US. Wildwood gets a mixed response - my wife & I visited yesterday,...

The Quarters

Miles From Campus: 4.2
This is one of the coolest bars around the Amherst area. This place is seriously so much fun. The walls are lined with old arcade games for endless...

The Sierra Grille

Miles From Campus: 6.68
Solid spot with excellent wine selection and food. Went there solo and sat at bar for dinner. ' Cool vibe and great service. I had the steak...
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