Amherst Again Ranked as One of America’s Best College Towns

AMHERST, Mass. - For the second time in recent months, a national Web site has named Amherst, Mass., as one of America’s top college towns.

On Aug. 27, the national Hotels and Travel Reservations site touted Amherst as one of the country’s best college communities, along with locales such as Chapel Hill, N.C.; Austin, Texas; Berkeley, Calif; Boulder, Colo.; Athens, Ga., and Princeton, N.J.

“For the most part, our favorite college towns in America are just that – right down to their very cores,” the author notes. The site provides a praiseworthy thumbs-up to the number of colleges in close proximity to each other, as well as the Five College Consortium, where “institutions remain independent yet share resources and in point of fact, students as well.” The conclusion: Amherst is “one beauty of a college town.”

In May, Amherst was also listed on as the Number 1 college town in America by noted college advisor Katherine L. Cohen, founder and CEO of Ivywise.

“It appears the nation is figuring out what we’ve known all along – that Amherst is a great place to live and learn,” said Kevin Kelly, director of undergraduate admissions at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “We’re excited to share this spotlight with our friends in the Five College Consortium, and we absolutely agree that this is a great place to be.”