Amherst Ranked Top College Town in North America

AMHERST, Mass. – Great faculty, excellent graduate programs and NCAA sports at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are just some of the reasons why Amherst ranks as the top college town in North America, says college admissions counselor Katherine L. Cohen in a story featured on

Cohen, the founder and CEO of two college counseling firms, IvyWise LLC and, ranks Amherst ahead of Berkeley, Calif., Montreal, Washington, D.C. and Boston.

“These are towns where college students love to live and learn,” writes Cohen, praising the locations for their “great public transportation, easy access to affordable resources and a community that supports a vibrant social and cultural environment.”

Home to UMass Amherst, Amherst College and Hampshire College, the town of Amherst’s special qualities include affordable restaurants, the Five College consortium and free bus service between linking the schools to Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges.

“Just a few blocks north of the town center lies the University of Massachusetts,” writes Cohen. “With almost 25,000 students, the commonwealth’s flagship institution offers not only a great research faculty and top-rate graduate programs, but also star-studded concerts and a competitive NCAA Division I athletic program.”