Amherst College (USA)

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Amherst College is a private liberal arts college in Amherst, Massachusetts. Amherst was founded in 1821 and has been coeducational since 1975. Amherst College is now widely regarded as one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, enrolling a diverse group of approximately 1,600 young men and women. Amherst offers the B.A. degree in 34 fields of study, and Amherst’s open curriculum allows each student to chart an individual course through more than 800 offered courses. According to the College’s mission statement, Amherst graduates should “link learning with leadership – in service to the College, to their communities, and to the world beyond.” Amherst College’s website>>

Center for Community Engagement

Amherst CCEThe CCE brings together Amherst students, faculty, alumni and community partners to create opportunities for students to engage the world around them. The Center designs opportunities that are linked to Amherst courses and co-curricular opportunities where students learn the skills and knowledge to be effective public problem solvers. The CCE also serves as a central resource for information about student groups doing engagement work and a community bulletin board with postings about upcoming events, local service opportunities, and fellowships and internships. Learn more about the CCE>>

Student engagement organizations

Amherst Student GroupsIn addition to engagement opportunities offered by the CCE, there are many student organizations at Amherst with a focus on community service. These organizations focus on a variety of issues, including education, poverty, health, the environment, human rights, and diversity. Learn more about these groups>>

Sustainability at Amherst

Amherst SustainabilitySustainability is a core principle that guides all of Amherst College’s operations–from the food served to the vehicles driven. Amherst has run a variety of student initiatives to reduce its environmental impact, including a light bulb exchange program to improve energy efficiency and a Dorm Energy Competition to reward dorms that reduce their energy consumptions. Learn more>>