The Town of Amherst, located in the lovely Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, is a diverse, inclusive community offering numerous educational and cultural opportunities.  The population of Amherst is about 38,000, making it the largest community in Hampshire County. 

Host to three of the Five Colleges (Amherst College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst), the town enjoys a tradition of open, professional, and high level government services, quality education, support for open space and agriculture, and respect for its history. The Amherst-Northampton region is known as the Happy Valley due to the art and music communities, progressive ideas, prestigious colleges, and large student population.  Click here for more information about the Town of Amherst.

Amherst College is a private liberal arts college in Amherst, Massachusetts.  Founded in 1821, it is the third oldest college in Massachusetts, 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 is a member of the Five Colleges, a consortium with nearby Smith, Mount Holyoke and Hampshire Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Amherst College students may take courses at any of the colleges, and the schools' proximity adds to Amherst's rich social and extracurricular life.  Click here for more information about Amherst College.


UMass, as it's known informally,  is a public research and land-grant university in Amherst, Massachusetts and the flagship of the University of Massachusetts system. With 1,174 faculty members and more than 27,000 students, UMass Amherst is the largest public university in New England.

The University offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees in 88 undergraduate and 72 graduate areas of study, through eight schools and colleges.  The main campus is situated north of downtown Amherst.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is categorized as a Research University with Very High research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.   In 2011, UMass Amherst had research expenditures of $181.3 million.

UMass Amherst sports teams are called the Minutemen and Minutewomen, the colors being maroon and white; the school mascot is Sam the Minuteman. All teams participate in NCAA Division I. The university is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, while playing ice hockey in Hockey East.  Click here for more information about UMASS.