Amherst College does a phenomenal job at assembling a diverse freshman class each year. In fact, Amherst has the highest percentage of Pell grant recipients of any elite institution. The admissions process is not only need-blind, but actually prefers students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. Amherst active alumni and vast financial resources allow this generosity.
However, there are some issues with diversity that the institution should address. Students are quite active in shaping life at the college and are quick to point out ways to improve it. Recently, there has been increased focus on the effects of athletics on the overall student body. There is certainly a divide between athletes and the other students that is apparent in most settings here.