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 offering 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 take into consideration 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 picture. 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 included in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it demonstrates that school has 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

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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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Overall Rating:

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Amherst College in Massachusetts hosted Middlebury College professor Rebecca Kneale Gould for an event called "The Whiteness of Walden." Gould and the students discussed whether people should “still read, teach, and study the work of this ‘dead white man’ today.How nice. More liberal indoctrination and brainwashing BS.

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@Daniel Clark (and also @ CC B) -- Thank you for validating something I experienced many years ago when I took classes for a year and a half at Amherst. I also found Yale WAY LESS arrogant (and pretentious) than Amherst also. My father was a Columbia alum, and Columbia was also less pretentious and elitist than Amherst as well. I was a Hampshire College student, but I really enjoyed being able to take classes at all the other consortium schools. Amherst students were the WORST snobs I've ever met at ALL of the schools combined. Self-entitled, stuck up, pretentious, wanky, preppy, and literally for me, kind of nightmarish. I had the best off-campus course experiences at UMass/Amherst and Smith, but Mt. Holyoke ended up being ok too when I took a class there during my fourth year at Hampshire.That being said, the three classes I took at Amherst were EXCELLENT. Amherst does deserve it's ranking for it's academic rigor, however, I was always happy to go to back to Hampshire after class. The third and final class I took at Amherst was a multimedia performance art class called "Scripts & Scores" taught by a WONDERFUL visiting professor from NYU. He was very experimental and allowed us to create a multi-media performance piece combining film video/dance/spoken word/music. I collaborated with another Amherst student and another Hampshire student to each create our own individual material within the piece. I was even able to get the dance studio where we usually held class at Amherst as a venue to present the piece.The piece was so well-received after our two performances at Amherst, we were invited to perform it at Hampshire next (I had planned on performing it there anyway), then UMass asked us to perform, followed by Mt. Holyoke and Smith. I have to say: as only a second-year Hampshire student, I was honored to be asked to perform a piece at all five campuses. That was when I truly learned how great a resource the five college consortium is. And I knew it was mainly due to the professor (who remained one of my favorite faculty contacts during the rest of my college career). I ended up having a VERY positive experience come out of taking the classes at Amherst. Later, when I was in my fourth year at Hampshire casting for my Senior Theater production, I cast a couple of Amherst students in my show, and to their credit they were decent actors.In the end, Amherst College was an experience I guess I needed to have, but do I EVER understand WHY you would have taken a year of leave to go breathe less blue-blooded air. Amherst was pretty "upper crusty." And I think the students were the way they were because in their circles Amherst is where you go if you get waitlisted or denied acceptance to the Ivies (I only discovered later on that Amherst is considered a "little Ivy." I visited Williams also, and it's VERY similar to Amherst (yes, I know their collective history). In fact, I found Williams to be a bit more funky and eccentric than Amherst and maybe a bit more creative and artistic as well. Amherst has a much better location (I found Willamstown isolated, but it is beautiful in the Berkshires) right next to Amherst Town Center, which I found enviable, since Hampshire's campus was a bit isolated also, being 4.5 miles away from the town. Except for the convenience of where Amherst's campus was located, I preferred Hampshire in pretty much EVERY other way to Amherst. Although, in certain aspects, Amherst surprised me. It's NOT the kind of college I would have EVER applied to on my own though.

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I smelled strong arrogance from staff and students here. How funny, we didn’t smell it at Princeton or Yale.Anyway, the facilities are historical(old), and lots of steep slopes on campus.

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I work here. My boss is a great guy. It's a good place to work.

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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

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