Amherst College

Amherst, MA

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

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Tuition & Fees

$60,890

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
73%
600-699
26%
700-800
83%
600-699
16%
500-599
0
30-36
91%
24-29
8%
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undergraduateRatios

50%

male

50%

female

1

teacher

7

students

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Extremely Selective

11%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,195
Declined 9,374
Total Received 10,569
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Private

1,839

undergraduate students

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Location

School Facts

Amherst College 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.

Official website Visit website
Application link Apply online
Public/private Private
Campus enrollment 1,839
Established in 1821
Coeducational Coeducational

978-acre campus in Amherst (population: 40,046), 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.

  • Campus Size: hectares
  • Nearest airport: Bradley International Airport

Amherst College
220 South Pleasant Street
Amherst
01002-5000

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
98%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students through freshman year required to live on campus
yes
Freshman guaranteed housing
yes
Coed housing
yes
Women only housing
yes
Disabled student housing

Top Organizations

  • Association of Amherst Students
  • Black Students Union
  • Student Publications (e.g., Amherst Student, Indicator)
  • A Capella Groups (e.g., Zumbye's, Bluestockings)
  • Amherst Dance

Top Events

  • Homecoming
  • Fall/Winter/Spring Carnivals
  • Spring Concert
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Campus Facts

  • Student-run campus newspaper
  • Drama/Theater group
  • Student-run radio station
  • Choral groups

Campus Security

  • 24 hour emergency telephone/alarm devices
  • 24 hour patrol by trained security personnel
  • Late-night transport/escort service
  • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
88%
Top 1/4
98%
Top 1/2
100%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
73%
600-699
26%
700-800
83%
600-699
16%
500-599
0
30-36
91%
24-29
8%

Admissions Facts

Considers standardized test scores in admission decisions yes
Application fee $65
Application deadline January 1
Has early decision program yes

Extremely Selective

11%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,195
Declined 9,374
Total Received 10,569

Admissions Factors

Very Important

extracurricular activities
character/personal qualities
application essay
academic GPA
recommendation(s)
rigor of secondary school record
talent/ability
standardized test scores

Important

first generation
class rank
volunteer work
work experience

Considered

alumni/ae relation
geographical residence
racial/ethnic status

Not Considered

level of applicant's interest
interview
religious affiliation/commitment
state residency

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International Facts

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 61
Accepts International Baccalaureate no
Offers English as a second language no

Financial Aid

Average financial aid
Not Reported

Cost

Tuition $59,890
Room & board $15,910
Additional fees $1,000
Books & supplies $1,000
Other fees $1,800
Total $79,600
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Financial Facts

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Installment payment plan yes

Varsity Sports

M W
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-country running
Field hockey
Football
Golf
Ice hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming and diving
Tennis
Track and field
Volleyball

Intramural Sports Men

Badminton, Rock climbing

Intramural Sports Women

Badminton, Rock climbing

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Athletic Conference

NCAA Division 3

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Anthropology
Architectural History and Criticism, General
Art/Art Studies, General
Asian Studies/Civilization
Astronomy
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Computer Science
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Environmental Studies
European Studies/Civilization
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Fine/Studio Arts, General
French Language and Literature
Geology/Earth Science, General
German Language and Literature
History, General
Legal Studies, General
Mathematics, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Music, General
Neuroscience
Philosophy
Physics, General
Political Science and Government, General
Psychology, General
Religion/Religious Studies
Research and Experimental Psychology, Other
Russian Language and Literature
Sociology
Spanish Language and Literature
Statistics, General
Women's Studies
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Programs Offered

  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Off campus study
  • Study abroad
  • Army ROTC
  • Air force ROTC

1,839

total students

14%

in-state

86%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

100%

1,839
students

Female
50%
924

Male
50%
915

Not reported

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

%

1,839
students

Female
51%
924

Male
49%
915

Not reported

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Student Facts

Freshman retention rate 97%
Student 4 year graduation rate 88%
Student 5 year graduation rate 6%
Student 6 year graduation rate 1%

Student Break-down

8%
Nonresident aliens
10%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
14%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
13%
Hispanic/Latino
43%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
6%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

15

Transfer students enrolled

1%

Transfer students

Transfer Information

Fall transfer enrollment yes
Winter transfer enrollment no
Spring transfer enrollment yes
Summer transfer enrollment no
Accepts CLEP subject tests no
Accepts CLEP general tests no
Accepts excelsior college examinations no
Generally accepts credits from other institutions yes
Accepts DSST/DANTES no
Accepts Life Long Learning Credit no
Age limit (number of years) for completed credits/courses to be transferred no
No Age limit for completed credits/courses to be transferred yes

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: March 1

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Counseling services

  • Group career
  • Individual career
  • Learning disability
  • Personal/Psychological

Remedial services offered

Not reported

Career placement services

  • Alumni Network
  • Career Library
  • Career interest testing
  • Interview workshop
  • Job Fairs
  • Job Interviews
  • Job bank
  • On-campus employer recruitment
  • Other career services
  • Resume preparation
  • Resume referral

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Computer training or assistance
  • Health clinic
  • Women's center

Special programs for physically disabled students

Not Reported

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