Department Information

Location: Amherst, MA
Founded: 1821
Enrollment: 1,785
Nickname: Lord Jeffs
Conference: NESCAC
Affiliation: NCAA III
Colors: Purple and White
Varsity Teams: 27 (13 Male, 14 Female)



The oldest athletic department in the nation, Amherst currently sponsors 27 varsity teams (13 male, 14 female) as a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Thirty-two percent of the student population participates in varsity athletics, with roughly 80 percent of students competing in intramural and club sports. 

Rooted in a strong tradition of excellence both on and off the field, Amherst has established itself as one of the premier athletic programs in NCAA Division III, having captured 10 NCAA team titles and 75 individual championships. With a successful broad-based program, the Lord Jeffs have finished within the top-five in seven of the last eight seasons in the NACDA Directors' Cup standings among DIII schools for athletic achievement. Also regarded as one of the elite liberal arts colleges in the nation, Amherst's student-athletes have earned 31 selections to CoSIDA's prestigious Academic All-America Team.