Mission: Amherst college educates men and women 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 brings together the most promising students, whatever their financial need, in order to promote diversity of experience and ideas within a purposefully small residential community. Working closely with faculty, staff and administrators dedicated to intellectual freedom and the highest standards of instruction in the liberal arts, amherst undergraduates assume substantial responsibility for undertaking inquiry and for shaping their education within and beyond the curriculum. 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.
Programs: Higher education: undergraduate education, amherst college is an undergraduate institution with an approximate student enrollment of 1,800.
4b home to the world's largest shakespeare collection, the folger shakespeare library is a major center for scholarly research; a lively venue for performances, readings, exhibitions; and a national leader in humanities education.