Amherst College in Amherst

Amherst, MA

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Amherst College offers 120-degree programs. Student-to-faculty ratio is 8:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 14%. The most popular test is SAT - 53% of students submitted it in comparison to 49% of students who submitted ACT. 51.1% are women, and 48.9% are men. 9% percents of international students. Amherst College is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Amherst College is 17801$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $51326 and $64006 per year. 95% of full-time Amherst College students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $56,300, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Amherst College is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Amherst College students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$3,700
$30,001 - $48,000$4,840
$48,001 - $75,000$10,759
$75,001 - $110,000$20,406

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school record
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Formal demonstration of competencies

Neither required nor recommended:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 7160

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


1115 of Amherst College undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 62 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Amherst College number 19 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Massachusetts.

Students at Amherst College awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Does not offer distance education opportunities

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Amherst College.


ROTC - Navy

Study abroad

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students must complete their preparation at another institution for certain areas of specialization

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program offering scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements providing students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Amherst College graduation rate is above the national average.

95% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Amherst College completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This indicator doesn’t consider students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

Applying information

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

18 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school record
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Formal demonstration of competencies

Neither required nor recommended:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Amherst College acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 63%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 49%.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 66%, so Amherst College acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 52%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Amherst College full-time retention rate is 98% and part-time retention rate is 0%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and keep on studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it demonstrates that school offers quality curriculum, positive student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Amherst College students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
2040 - 2323

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 680 - 773
Math: 680 - 780
Writing: 680 - 770

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Amherst College students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
31 - 34

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 32 - 35
Math: 29 - 34
Writing: 0 - 0

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Amherst College is 8:1, that means that for every 8 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Amherst College the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Amherst College and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in not reported location.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by Boltwood Avenue address in Amherst, Massachusetts.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Amherst College with 1.63% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, forcible sex offense, and aggravated assault.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Amherst College offers 120 programs in total: 120 are for Bachelor's degree.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 192 universities in Massachusetts state. Amherst College is one of the few institutions in Massachusetts that offers a Bachelor's degree program.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Massachusetts state average data to help you compare.


Amherst College provides coursework for undergraduate students оnly.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 1922 students with 57650 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Amherst College

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Protected a rapist and expelled the victim. Even when it was discovered that the victim couldn't have been the rapist due to being highly intoxicated to the point of being incapacitated, and evidence from text messages sent by the rapist, further proving that the victim was innocent. Amherst still expelled him.

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A wonderful environment for students to learn. Safe student life.

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Amherst beat my brain with a stick, teaching me how to form my own opinions clearly. I'm grateful for the punishment. UMass would have been easier. And it would have been easier to meet girls there (I'm talkin' 1958 to 1963). Amherst was too snooty (I took a year's leave of absence to breathe the air the rest of the world was breathing). But for all that, I'm glad I graduated from the place on the south side of town. I got out with a "gentleman's C" and a good vision of who I was and what I wanted to do. And oh well, let's hear it for the snoot factor, which always gives me a leg up when I tell people I went to school there.

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It has been an amazing experience, so far. And my child loves it! All a parent can ask for!

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From its Foundation, Amherst has truly been a college of numerous opportunites and has challenged its students to think ahead through rigorous courses. Rather than critizing such a marvelous place by giving immaterial reasons, think for a moment what would the World be without Amherst? I think any intellectual person would realize the vitality of the contribution to development and modernization of human mind &life in general.

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Location & Website

Address: Boltwood Avenue


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +4135422000

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address:

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