The beautiful Amherst campus spreads out over 1,000 acres, overlooking the Holyoke mountain range of Western Massachusetts. Students enjoy the sweeping views and use the many hiking trails. The first year orientation program generates friendships among the students who come from many different backgrounds.
Plants and well-aged trees on the campus create a similar garden feel as Emily Dickinson’s nearby home. Some of the Amherst students are drawn away from their books by this type of natural setting. The sheer beauty of the college compels 98% of the students to stay on campus all four years. Some will take advantage of the charming, artsy town right outside their door.
A few others will be attracted to the hustle and bustle of social activates at the large state university in town. A small number take the shuttle bus to the other five colleges in the consortium that offer a limited number of cross registration opportunities.