Amherst College
#112 Overall Influence#26 Desirability Rank

Amherst College

Liberal arts college in Massachusetts

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Amherst College was founded in 1821. It is a four-year, liberal arts college with an enrollment of over 1,850 undergraduates.

Amherst offers some 850 courses in 36 different academic disciplines. Among the most popular programs are those in mathematics, in economics, and in psychology. Amherst does not offer online courses.

Amherst is associated with six Nobel laureates:

Other distinguished Amherst connected individuals include the following:

Amherst is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) (formerly known as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges [NEASC]).

From Wikipedia

Amherst College is a private liberal arts college in Amherst, Massachusetts. Founded in 1821 as an attempt to relocate Williams College by its then-president Zephaniah Swift Moore, Amherst is the third oldest institution of higher education in Massachusetts. The institution was named after the town, which in turn had been named after Jeffery, Lord Amherst, Commander-in-Chief of British forces of North America during the French and Indian War. Originally established as a men's college, Amherst became coeducational in 1975.

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Boltwood Avenue, Amherst MA 01002-5000

On Campus Crime Rates

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32 per 100k

Violent Crime

6 per 100k

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6 per 100k

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2 per 100k

What is Amherst College known for?

Our answer to this is to show you the disciplines in which a school's faculty and alumni have had the highest historical influence. A school may be influential in a discipline even if they do not offer degrees in that area. We've organized two lists to show where they are influential and offer corresponding degrees, and where they are influential through scholarship although they don't offer degrees in the disciplines.

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#257 World Rank
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#261 World Rank

Influential People

Who are Amherst College's Most influential alumni?

Amherst College's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Literature, Law, and Biology. Amherst College’s most academically influential people include Bill Amend, J. Franklin Jameson, and Timothy Luehrman.

Bill Amend
Bill Amend

American cartoonist

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J. Franklin Jameson
J. Franklin Jameson

American historian

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Timothy Luehrman

American economist

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William Summer Johnson

American chemist

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James Ewing
James Ewing

American pathologist

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Catherine E. Lhamon

Chairwoman of U.S.C.C.R

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Chris Bohjalian
Chris Bohjalian

American novelist

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Ted Conover
Ted Conover

American journalist

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David S. Reynolds
David S. Reynolds

American historian

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Charles Millard Pratt
Charles Millard Pratt

American businessman

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Raymond Jeanloz
Raymond Jeanloz

American astronomer

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Peter Vitousek

American ecologist

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