Amherst College, founded in 1821, is named after the town, which in turn was named after Jeffery, Lord Amherst, a veteran from the Seven Year’s War. The Massachusetts Legislature granted Amherst College its charter in 1825, the same year that the college awarded degrees to its first class.
Amherst is a member of the Five Colleges, a consortium with Smith, Mount Holyoke and Hampshire Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Students are allowed take courses at any of the colleges. Amherst’s notable alumni include, four Nobel laureates, numerous Pulitzer Prize winners, the president of the National Urban League, a chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, several National Book Award winners, a US president [Calvin Coolidge], and countless others who have contributed to society in important but less public ways.
- Minimum incoming TOEFL iBT 100
- Minimum SAT 1455
- Minimum ACT 30