Amherst College Data Breach Investigation

Turke & Strauss LLP, a leading data breach law firm, is investigating Trustees of Amherst College, regarding its recent data breach. The Amherst College data breach involved sensitive personal identifiable information belonging to an unknown number of individuals.


Amherst College is a private college with an emphasis on a liberal arts education. Founded in 1821, Amherst College is the third oldest institution of higher education in Massachusetts. Today, Amherst College offers 41 majors in the arts and sciences, including various languages, history, philosophy, neuroscience, and chemistry. Amherst College is known for its small course sizes and experiential learning opportunities, such as study abroad programs, field and research trips, and community engagements. Additionally, Amherst College has a reputation for producing distinguished scholars and alumni, claiming affiliation with six Nobel Prize laureates. Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, Amherst College has approximately 2,000 students and employs more than 1,000 individuals.


Recently, Amherst College discovered that it had experienced a data breach in which the sensitive personal identifiable information in its systems may have been accessed. Through its investigation, Amherst College determined that an unauthorized actor may have accessed this sensitive information. On November 4, 2022, Amherst College notified individuals whose information may have been impacted. The type of information impacted includes:

  • Social Security number
  • Account number

If you received a breach notification letter from Amherst College or Trustees of Amherst College:

We would like to speak with you about your rights and potential legal remedies in response to this data breach. Please fill out the form, below, or contact us at (608) 237-1775 or

If you were impacted by the Amherst College data breach, you may consider taking the following steps to protect your personal information.

  1. Carefully review the breach notice and retain a copy;
  2. Enroll in any free credit monitoring service provided by Trustees of Amherst College;
  3. Change passwords and security questions for online accounts;
  4. Regularly review account statements for signs of fraud or unauthorized activity;
  5. Monitor credit reports for signs of identity theft; and
  6. Contact a credit bureau(s) to request a temporary fraud alert.

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