Amherst College

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Amherst College

Private liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts, United States add

Category: Sciences

Founded in 1821.

Countries: United States (81%), (7%), Greece (2%)

Main connections: Columbia University, Massachusetts, Harvard University

Linked to: Williams College, Wesleyan University, Doshisha University, Five Colleges

 

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1821

Founded in 1821 as an attempt to relocate Williams College by its President Zephaniah Swift Moore, Amherst is the third oldest institution of higher education in Massachusetts add something

 

Moore, President of Williams College, however, still believed that Williamstown was an unsuitable location for a college, and with the advent of Amherst College was elected its first president on May 8, 1821 add something


1823

David Oliver Allen - He graduated at Amherst College in 1823, studied at Andover Theological Seminary, and in 1827 went to Bombay, India as a missionary

 

President Moore died on June 29, 1823, and was replaced with a Williams College trustee, Heman Humphrey add something


1825

As a result of the official charter being granted four years after the official founding of the college, the Amherst seal lists a date of 1825 add something


1830

Alvan Wentworth Chapman - In 1830, he graduated from Amherst College with a degree in classics


1834

Charles Baker Adams - He graduated from Amherst College in 1834 with high honors , and became an assistant to Edward Hitchcock in the Geological Survey of New York in 1836


1835

In 1835, Amherst attempted to create a course of study parallel to the classical liberal arts education add something


1836

Alexander Bullock - Bullock graduated from Amherst College in 1836 and from Harvard Law School in 1841


1841

Amiel Weeks Whipple - He attended Amherst College and West Point, graduating in the Class of 1841


1842

Edward Duffield Neill - After studying at the University of Pennsylvania for some time, he enrolled at Amherst College and graduated from Amherst in 1842, studied theology at Andover


1843

Amory Dwight Mayo - He enrolled at Amherst College in 1843


1845

Francis March - He graduated from Amherst College in 1845, and received a M.A. degree from Amherst in 1848


1851

Jerome Allen (author) - He graduated at Amherst College in 1851, presided over several institutions in the Western United States from 1851 to 1885


1852

William Shadrach Knox - Born in Killingly, Connecticut, he moved with his parents to Lawrence, Massachusetts, in 1852; he attended the public schools and Amherst College where he studied the law

 

Henry Sabin - He entered Amherst College and graduated in 1852


1864

William B. Washburn - He was president of the Greenfield, Massachusetts National Bank; he was a trustee of Yale, the Massachusetts Agricultural College, and Smith College, of which he was a benefactor, and a member of the board of overseers of Amherst College from 1864 to 1877


1865

Joseph Hardy Neesima - He attended Phillips Academy from 1865 to 1867 and Amherst College from 1867 to 1870

 

Arthur Sherburne Hardy - He attended Phillips Academy and completed one year at Amherst College before becoming a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1865, where he excelled in languages


1871

W. C. Brownell - After graduating from Amherst College in 1871, Brownell worked for the "New York World" from 1871 to 1879 and "The Nation" from 1879 to 1881


1873

Caleb R. Layton - Caleb Layton attended Georgetown, Delaware Academy and Amherst College in Massachusetts, graduating in 1873


1874

Munroe Smith - He received his A.B. from Amherst College in 1874 and his LL.B. from Columbia Law School in 1877


1875

Forty-two percent of Amherst students, usually juniors, study abroad and can select from more than 260 study-abroad programs in countries including Argentina, Costa Rica, Egypt, England, France, India, New Zealand, Spain, and Senegal, as well as Japan where Amherst maintains a special relationship with Doshisha University, founded in 1875 by Amherst alumnus Joseph Hardy Neesima add something


1876

George P. Lawrence - Born in Adams, Massachusetts, Lawrence graduated from Drury Academy in 1876 and from Amherst College in 1880

 

John B. Stanchfield - He graduated from Amherst College in 1876, and from Harvard Law School in 1878


1879

Frank Johnson Goodnow - After private schooling he graduated from Amherst College in 1879 and from Columbia Law School in 1882

 

J. Franklin Jameson - He graduated from Amherst College in 1879 as class valedictorian, studying with John W. Burgess and Anson D. Morse


1880

Walter Francis Willcox - He was graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, in 1880; Amherst College in 1884 with an A.B. and in 1888 received and A.M. degree from Amherst College


1881

Amherst records one of the first uses of Latin honors of any American college, dating back to 1881 add something


1884

Herbert Dickinson Ward - He graduated from Amherst College in 1884, and wrote extensively for newspapers and periodicals

 

James Hayden Tufts - Tufts was a 1884 graduate of Amherst College; received a B.D. from Yale University in 1889 , an M.A. from Amherst College in 1890, and his Ph.D. from the University of Freiburg under Alois Riehle in 1892


1886

Clyde Fitch - Fitch graduated from Amherst College in 1886, where he was a member of Chi Psi Fraternity

 

Robert Lansing - He graduated from Amherst College in 1886, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1889

 

Edmund B. Delabarre - He graduated from Amherst College in 1886

 

Allen T. Treadway - Treadway graduated from Amherst College in 1886


1888

Frank Moore Colby - He graduated from Columbia University in 1888, was acting professor of history at Amherst College in 1890-91, lecturer on history at Columbia and instructor in history and economics at Barnard College from 1891 to 1895, and professor of economics at New York University thereafter until 1900


1889

Joseph Hardy Neesima - In 1889, Amherst College honored him with an honorary doctorate, the first ever awarded to a Japanese person


1892

Pete Allen (baseball) - Allen attended Amherst College from 1892 to 1893


1897

Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor - He attended Amherst College and graduated with the AB degree magna cum laude in 1897


1899

Albert E. Austin - Born in Medway, Massachusetts, Austin attended the public schools and graduated from Amherst College in 1899 and from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia , Pennsylvania, in 1905


1900

Walter Alden Dyer - He graduated from Amherst College Class of 1900


1905

John Maurice Clark - He studied at Amherst College, graduating in 1905, and received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1910


1907

Preserved Smith - He attended Amherst College and Columbia University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1907, and continued studies at the Sorbonne and the University of Berlin


1911

Frederick J. Pohl - He graduated from Amherst College in 1911, and graduated from Columbia University in 1914 with a Master of Arts


1916

Scott Buchanan - He received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College in 1916, majoring in Greek and mathematics


1917

Mysterious Walker - The 1917 Williams team defeated traditional football power Cornell 14-10 in the second game of the season and finished the season with a 20-0 win over rival, Amherst College


1918

Augustus W. Bennet - He graduated from Amherst College in 1918 and during the First World War served in the United States Naval Reserve Flying Corps with the rating of chief quartermaster from June 8, 1918 to January 19, 1919


1921

Morrill Cody - He graduated from Amherst College in 1921


1925

F. Curtis Canfield - A member of the 1925 class of Amherst College, Canfield stayed on to teach, eventually becoming Stanley King Professor of dramatic arts and, from 1938, director of the Kirby Memorial Theater

 

Joseph Moncure March - After serving in World War I and graduating from Amherst College , March worked as managing editor for The New Yorker in 1925, and helped create the magazine's "Talk of the Town" front section


1930

Howdy Groskloss - Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of an opera singer, Groskloss graduated from Amherst College in 1930 and later attended Yale University while playing for the Pirates


1933

Alfred Friendly - After graduating in from Amherst College in 1933, he came to Washington, DC to look for work

 

Paul Langdon Ward - He received his B.A. from Amherst College in 1933, an M.A. from Harvard University in 1934 and a Ph.D. in History from Harvard in 1940

 

Richard Glenn Gettell - He received his B.A. from Amherst College in 1933, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1940


1942

Eric P. Hamp - He attended Tome School as a young boy and entered Amherst College at age 16 where be received his BA in 1942


1943

Robert McAfee Brown - Brown earned a bachelor's degree from Amherst College in 1943 and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister, in 1944


1944

Talcott Williams Seelye - He attended Deerfield Academy and graduated from Amherst College in 1944 and enlisted in the U.S. Army for a three year term during World War II


1945

James Merrill - His studies interrupted by war and military service, Merrill returned to Amherst College in 1945 and graduated "summa cum laude" in 1947


1948

Jan Peter Toennies - Lower Merion High School, Lower Merion, Pennsylvania 1948, Amherst College, Amherst, MA., B.A. 1952, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, Ph.D. in chemistry 1957


1949

Towards the end of the nineteenth century, however, the college began a transition towards secularism, culminating in the demolishing of the college church in 1949 add something


1950

Sandy Keith - Keith graduated "magna cum laude" from Amherst College in 1950, and from Yale Law School in 1953


1951

Carolyn Martin - "'Carolyn Arthur Biddy Martin"' is an American intellectual, author, and since 2011 the 19th President of Amherst College, succeeding Anthony Marx


1955

Ralph G. Allen - Allen received his bachelor's degree from Amherst College in 1955 and his Doctor of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama in 1960


1956

Andrij Dobriansky - Born in Lviv, Ukraine, Andrij Dobriansky came to the United States in 1956 as a recipient of a scholarship to study chemistry at Amherst College


1957

Harold E. Varmus - In 1957, he graduated from Freeport High School in Freeport, NY and enrolled at Amherst College, intending to follow in his father's footsteps as a medical doctor, but eventually graduating with a B.A. in English literature


1960

David Bradford (economist) - After his graduation from Amherst College in 1960, Bradford studied at MIT and Harvard

 

Robert H. Steele - He attended public schools in Wethersfield, Connecticut and obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College, Massachusetts in 1960

 

Jon Rappoport - He studied philosophy for four years at Amherst College in Massachusetts, graduating in 1960

 

James Boyd White - White attended Amherst College, from which he graduated in 1960 with a B.A. in Classics, and went on to earn an M.A. in English Literature from Harvard University in 1961, and an LL.B. from the Harvard Law School in 1964


1964

James Tyrone Giles - Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, Giles received a B.A. from Amherst College in 1964 and an LL.B. from Yale Law School in 1967


1965

Gabriel Cousens - He graduated from Amherst College in 1965 with a B.A. in biology, where he was a football lineman


1966

John C. Coffee - He received his B.A. from Amherst College in 1966, his LL.B. from Yale Law School in 1969 and later an LL.M. from New York University School of Law


1969

Thomas Boswell - Boswell has spent his entire career at the "Washington Post", joining it shortly after graduating from Amherst College in 1969


1970

William P. Alford - Alford received his B.A. degree from Amherst College in 1970, LL.B degree from Cambridge University in 1972

 

Lewis Spratlan - Spratlan joined the faculty of Amherst College in 1970, and later held the Peter R. Pouncey chair in music


1971

Jonathan Alper - He graduated from Amherst College in 1971

 

Jonathan Alper - He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College in 1971 and trained for the stage at the Webber-Douglas Academy in London

 

Robert Yarchoan - Yarchoan was raised in Oceanside, New York and graduated from Amherst College in 1971


1972

Bill Cole - He has served as professor of music at Amherst College from 1972 until 1974 and Dartmouth College from 1974 until his retirement in the 1990s


1973

David Aaron Kessler - After graduating from Amherst College in 1973, Kessler studied medicine at Harvard University, graduating with a M.D. degree in 1979


1974

Antonis Samaras - Born in Athens, Samaras attended school in the Athens College , and graduated from Amherst College in 1974 with a degree in economics, and from Harvard University in 1976 with an MBA

 

James Warren (journalist) - Born in New York City and the son of a stockbroker, Warren earned a bachelor's degree in English from Amherst College in 1974

 

Cullen Murphy - He was educated at Amherst College, from which he graduated with honors in medieval history in 1974


1975

Amherst remained a men's college until becoming coeducational in 1975 add something


1978

Caroline Thompson - Thereafter she went to Cambridge, Massachusetts to attend Radcliffe College, Harvard University, and eventually graduating from Amherst College in English and classic literature in 1978


1980

Richard Read - Born in St Andrews, Scotland and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Read graduated from Amherst College in 1980 and worked for a Massachusetts crime commission before moving to Portland, Oregon , Oregon to become a reporter for "The Oregonian"


1981

K. C. Keeler - Keeler began his coaching career as an assistant at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1981 and at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, New Jersey in 1986


1984

Amherst banned on-campus fraternities in 1984, renaming the houses after past Presidents of the College, Staff and Alumni, though some fraternities maintain an off-campus presence add something


1985

Chris Coons - He graduated from the Tower Hill School and Amherst College in 1985 with a B.A. in chemistry and political science

 

John Michael Higgins - Known as "Mike Higgins" as he was growing up, he went to Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Maryland, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Amherst College in 1985, where he led the all-male a cappella group, The Zumbyes


1986

Yusef Lateef - Returning to the US in 1986 he took teaching positions at the University of Massachusetts and Amherst College.


1991

Film Score Monthly - In September 1991, "Film Score Monthly" began as "The Soundtrack Club", a pamphlet sized publication maintained by Lukas Kendall, who was attending Amherst College at the time


1993

The joint Astronomy department shares use of the Five College Radio Astronomy Observatory, which contributed to work that won the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physics add something


1995

In 1995, Williams president Harry C. Payne declared the story false, but many still nurture the legend add something


1997

Mabel Loomis Todd - Amherst, MA: Amherst College Press, 1997: 38

 

Mabel Loomis Todd - Amherst, MA: Amherst College Press, 1997: 39

 

Winifred E. Lefferts - In 1997, Amherst College named The Arms Music Center s://www


1998

Paul Rieckhoff - Rieckhoff attended public High School in New York and graduated from Amherst College in 1998 with a BA in Political Science


2001

Peter Westergaard - He taught at Columbia University, Amherst College, and Princeton University before retiring in 2001


2002

George Papandreou - In 2002 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by Amherst College and in 2006 he was named Distinguished Professor in the Center for Hellenic Studies by Georgia State College of Arts and Science

 

David O. Russell - In 2002, Russell met Andrew Unger while receiving an honorary degree at Amherst College


2007

Amherst College is widely recognized for its commitment to quality teaching, with rigorous professor-student interaction, so much so that Harvard and Columbia University looked to Amherst in 2007 when they were in the throes of reviewing their teaching program add something

 

Amherst has placed in the top ten of the NACDA Director's Cup in the NCAA Division III in seven of the last ten years, including fourth in 2007 and 2008 and third in 2009 add something

 

The 2007 "National Collegiate Scouting Association's Collegiate Power Ranking" ranked Amherst College add something

 

Thirty-five percent of Amherst students in the class of 2007 were double majors add something

 

In July 2007, Amherst announced that grants would replace loans in all financial aid packages beginning in the 2008-09 academic year add something


2008

In the 2008-2009 academic year, Amherst College extended its need-blind admission policy to international applicants add something

 

In the spring 2008, the College's Center for Community Engagement launched the Active Citizen Summer Program add something

 

Alex Tapscott - Tapscott holds a BA in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts where he graduated in 2008

 

Edith Hamilton - Hamilton's adopted son, Dorian, a graduate of from Amherst College, where he earned a degree in chemistry, died at West Lafayette, Indiana, in January 2008, at the age of ninety


2009

Amherst ranked as having the second-highest graduation rate of any institution in the United States, second only to Harvard according to a 2009 American Enterprise Institute Study add something

 

On May 3, 2009, Williams College and Amherst alumni played a game of vintage baseball at Wahconah Park according to 1859 rules to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first college baseball game played on July 2, 1859, between the two schools add something


2010

Williams College - In 2010, 2011, and 2012, "Forbes" magazine ranked Williams College as the best undergraduate institution in the United States, ahead of every Ivy League university and national liberal arts college, including Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, Amherst College, and Swarthmore College

 

In February 2010, President Tony Marx banned membership in the off-campus Psi Upsilon fraternity because of an unexplained "serious violation involving the leadership and members" add something


2011

Amherst ranks seventh in the 2011 "Washington Monthly" rankings, which focus on key research outputs, the quality level and total dollar amount of scientific grants won, the number of graduates going on to earn Ph.D. degrees, and certain types of public service add something

 

Dan Brown - On April 14, 2011, Brown and his wife created the Dan /86 and Blythe Brown Scholarship Fund to celebrate his 25th reunion from Amherst College, a permanently endowed scholarship fund at the college whose income provides financial aid to students there, with preference for incoming students with an interest in writing


2012

Amherst College ranked second overall in 2012, according to the National Collegiate Scouting Association's annual report, which ranks colleges based on student-athlete graduation rates, academic strength, and athletic prowess add something

 

In 2012, "Forbes" ranked Amherst College as the thirteenth best college or university in the United States add something

 

"Kiplinger's Personal Finance" places Amherst at fourth in its 2012 ranking of best value liberal arts colleges in the United States add something

 

Jim Steinman - On April 10, 2012, Amherst College announced that Steinman would receive an honorary degree at the college's 191st commencement on May 20


2013

Since the inception of the "U.S. News & World Report" rankings, Amherst College has been ranked ten times as the first overall amongst 266 liberal arts colleges in the United States, and in 2013 ranked second, behind Williams add something

 

Robert Yarchoan - AIDS - In 2013, Dr. Yarchoan received an honorary degree for his contributions to HIV/AIDS research from his alma mater, Amherst College

 

In January 2013, a college committee published a report noting Amherst's rate of sexual assault as similar to other colleges and universities and making recommendations to address the problem add something


2014

In May 2014, after a wild moose found its way onto the Amherst College campus and into the backyard of the house of the college president, students organized a facebook campaign to change the mascot of the school to a moose add something


2015

Amherst is ranked as the second best liberal arts college in the country by "U.S. News & World Report", and ranked ninth out of all U.S. colleges and universities by "Forbes in its 2015 college rankings add something

 

In November 2015 the student body and the faculty overwhelmingly voted to vacate the mascot add something


2016

Since the inception of the "U.S. News & World Report" rankings, Amherst College has been ranked ten times as the first overall amongst 266 liberal arts colleges in the United States, and in 2016 ranked second, behind Williams add something

 

"Kiplinger's Personal Finance" places Amherst 11th in its 2016 ranking of best value liberal arts colleges in the United States add something


2017

On April 3rd 2017 Amherst announced that their new mascot would be a "Mammoth" add something

 

Bowdoin College - Bowdoin was ranked first among all liberal arts colleges in the United States by Niche in 2017, above NESCAC rivals Williams College and Amherst College

 

Steven Chu - Chu was *awarded an honorary doctorate from Amherst College in 2017, where he later gave a lecture titled "Climate Change and Needed Technical Solutions for a Sustainable Future" in March 2018

 

In April 2017, Amherst announced that their official mascot would be the Mammoth add something


2018

In 2018, "Forbes" ranked Amherst College as the 16th best college or university in the United States add something