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Amherst College

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Amherst College (/ˈæmərst/ (listen)[5] AM-ərst) is a private liberal arts college in Amherst, Massachusetts. Founded in 1821 as an attempt to relocate Williams College by its then-president Zephaniah Swift Moore, Amherst is the third oldest institution of higher education in Massachusetts.[6] The institution was named after the town, which in turn had been named after Jeffery, Lord Amherst, Commander-in-Chief of British forces of North America during the French and Indian War. Originally established as a men's college, Amherst became coeducational in 1975.[7]

Amherst is an exclusively undergraduate four-year institution; the school enrolled 1,855 students in fall 2018.[8][9] Students choose courses from 38 major programs in an open curriculum[10] and are not required to study a core curriculum or fulfill any distribution requirements; students may also design their own interdisciplinary major.[11] For the class of 2023, Amherst received 10,567 applications and accepted 1,144, yielding a 10.8% acceptance rate.[12] Amherst was ranked as the best liberal arts college in the country for 2018–19 by The Wall Street Journal,[13] the second best liberal arts college in the country by U.S. News & World Report,[14] and 16th out of all U.S. colleges and universities by Forbes[15] in their 2018 rankings. Amherst competes in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

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