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Tuition

Not Reported

Extremely Selective

12%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,110
Declined + 7,455
Total Received 8,565
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undergraduateRatios

51%

49%

male

female

1  :  8

teacher

students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. English
  2. Political Science
  3. Economics
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School Facts

Amherst is a private, liberal arts college. Founded in 1821 as an educational institution for men, it began admitting women in 1975. Its 978-acre campus is located close to the center of Amherst, 55 miles west of Worcester.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 1,817
Established in 1821
Coeducational Coeducational College, Became Coeducational College
Accredited by •  NEASC (New England Assn. of Schools and Colleges)

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Codes

SAT 3003
ACT 1774

Private (nonprofit)

1,817

undergraduate students

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
65%
600-699
33%
500-599
2%
400-499
0
300-399
0
200-299
0
700-800
64%
600-699
34%
500-599
2%
400-499
0
300-399
0
200-299
0
700-800
61%
600-699
35%
500-599
4%
400-499
0
300-399
0
200-299
0
30-36
82%
24-29
17%
18-23
1%
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
71%
24-29
28%
18-23
1%
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
80%
24-29
19%
18-23
1%
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0
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Amherst, MA

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Amherst, MA

978-acre campus in Amherst (population: 34,874), 50 miles from Hartford and 90 miles from Boston. Served by bus and train; major airport serves Boston; smaller airport serves Windsor Locks, CT (50 miles). School operates transportation to Five College campuses. Public transportation serves campus.

Amherst College
P.O. Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
99%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
100%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
83%
Top 1/4
95%
Top 1/2
100%
Bottom 1/2
0%
Bottom 1/4
0%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
65%
600-699
33%
500-599
2%
400-499
0
300-399
0
200-299
0
700-800
64%
600-699
34%
500-599
2%
400-499
0
300-399
0
200-299
0
700-800
61%
600-699
35%
500-599
4%
400-499
0
300-399
0
200-299
0
30-36
82%
24-29
17%
18-23
1%
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
71%
24-29
28%
18-23
1%
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
80%
24-29
19%
18-23
1%
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0

Admissions Facts

Application fee $60
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline January 1
School has early decision program yes
Early decision program application deadline November 15
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Neither
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Recommended

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Character/ personal qualities
Essay
Extracurricular activities
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations
Secondary school record
Standardized test scores

Important

Alumni/ae relationship
Class rank
Volunteer Work

Considered

Geographical residence
Minority affiliation
State residency
Work Experience

Not Considered

Interview
Religious affiliation/commitment

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Extremely Selective

12%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,110
Declined + 7,455
Total Received 8,565

Admissions Contact

Katharine Fretwell
Director of Admission
P: 413 542-2328
F: 413 542-2040
admission@amherst.edu

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
cross-country
field hockey
football
golf
ice hockey
lacrosse
soccer
softball
squash
swimming
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
New England Small College Athletic Conference (Division III)
Mascot
Lord Jeffs
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
American Studies
Anthropology
Art
Asian Languages/Civilizations
Astronomy
Biology
Black Studies
Chemistry
Computer Science
Economics
English
Environmental Studies
European Studies
French
Geology
German
Greek
History
History of Art
Latin
Law/Jurisprudence/Social Thought
Mathematics
Music
Neuroscience
Philosophy
Physical Education
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Religion
Russian
Sociology
Spanish
Theatre/Dance
Women's/Gender Studies
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Undergraduate

100%

1,817
students

Female
49%
886

Male
51%
931

Graduate

Not reported

undergraduateFull-time

%

1,817
students

Female
49%
886

Male
51%
931

undergraduatePart-time

Not reported

Student Break-down

10%
Nonresident aliens
11%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
12%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
12%
Hispanic/Latino
40%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
9%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
6%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

4%

Transfer applicants accepted

61%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 3.50
High school transcript Required of All
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of All
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Recommended of All
Essay or personal statement Required of All

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: March 1

Spring: November 1

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

64

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

2

years of coursework

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Minority student
  • Other
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

Not Reported

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Other
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens
Countries most often represented Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada
Ghana
Japan
Kenya
Special services offered for international applicants Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Nancy Ratner
Asst. Dean of Admission
413 542-2328
admission@amherst.edu

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