Amherst College is considered one of the best liberal arts schools in the country. Founded in 1821, Amherst College’s campus is spread over 1,000 acres in Amherst, Massachusetts. The rural setting allows for students to participate in a truly grueling academic environment. Although the curriculum is difficult, students still find time to explore the many extracurricular activities available on campus. Amherst is an undergraduate-only campus, with a population of over 1,800 students.

Amherst belongs to the Five Colleges Consortium (including Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst). Students at Amherst are permitted to take classes at any of the Five Colleges, opening up their study options even further. In fact, the consortium allows students to explore an additional 5,300 classes through the other four schools. Individuals can choose from more 40 majors (which means there are more than 860 courses offered at Amherst alone). Amherst is one of the few colleges that does not require undergraduate students to take specified core classes. Freshmen are required to take a First-Year Seminar, but these courses focus on skills like critical thinking and effective writing styles. Students are given significant freedom to design their own curriculum, but they still have to take required courses for each major’s department and successfully pass tests in those subjects. Many students decide to double-major or create their own interdisciplinary majors.

The college has earned many accolades for its professors. The student to faculty ratio is around 7.3 to one and roughly 71% of classes have less than 20 students. Faculty members are often accomplished academics, but Amherst still stresses the importance of the relationship between professors and students. Faculty members often serve as more than just instructors, but as mentors as well.

Despite the demanding academic programs, Amherst students have a rich social life on campus. Although Greek organizations have been banned since 1984, there are still more than 180 registered student organizations. Amherst is known as the “Singing College,” because of the many a cappella and singing groups. They are also known for having one of the oldest sports programs in the U.S. They take part in the NCAA’s Division III, the Eastern College Athletic Conference, and the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).

With more than 98 percent of students living on campus, Amherst has created a tight-knit community with many traditions and customs. A challenging curriculum and the flexibility to develop majors also helps Amherst stand apart from the crowd. With a smaller population of students, the college has been able to maintain a dedicated roster of professors who are truly interested in helping their students succeed. Individuals interested in a liberal arts college with high standards should investigate all that Amherst has to offer.


Acceptance Rate

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Class Standing

Amherst top 10% in high school

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Amherst College sat score range

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Amherst College act test score

Application Deadlines

Early decision: Nov. 15

Regular decision: Jan. 1

Admissions Information

Freshmen Admissions
Number of 2020 (Class of 2024) applicants: 10,601
Enrolled: 473
Yield: 39.3%
Acceptance rate: 11.8%

Early Decision Admissions
Number of ED applicants: 518
Admitted: 186
ED acceptance rate: 35.9%

Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 762
Admitted off the waitlist: 48
Waitlist acceptance rate: 6.3%

Transfer Admissions
Number of transfer applicants: 444
Admitted: 34
Transfer acceptance rate: 7.7%

Average GPA: N/A
Top 10% of High School: 88%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Composite: 1420-1530
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 690-760
SAT Math: 720-790

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 31-34
ACT English: 34-36
ACT Math: 30-35

Standardized Test Requirements

Amherst College does not require the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT not required

Amherst highly recommends the writing portion Writing portion not required

Amherst does not require the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests not required

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Graduation Rates

Amherst College graduation rate

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

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Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 88.2%
5 years: 94.2%
6 years: 95.5%

Transferred to another school: N/A

Loan default rate: 1.4%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 21

Salary after attending: $65,000

R&D Expenditures: $4.07 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 23
Robberies: 0
Aggravated assaults: 0
Burglaries: 12
Car thefts: 4

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

Amherst College financial aid

Average Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Additional Information

Tuition, room and board (2020-2021): $75,800

Total estimated cost of attendance (2020-2021): $82,233

Net Cost 
Average: $16,339

By income
$0 to $30,000: $6,079
$30,001 to $48,000: $4,423
$48,001 to $75,000: $8,219
$75,001 to $110,000: $24,193
$110,001 and more: $45,700

Graduates with student debt: 28%

Average student debt at graduation: $22,629

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

Amherst undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Amherst college student to faculty ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 7.3 to 1
Women: 50%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 71%
20 to 39: 23%
40 to 99: 6%
100+: 0%

Student Population
Total: 1,839 (all undergraduate)

Student Residence
In State: 11%
Out of State: 82%
International: 7%

Amherst College student population

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This page was last updated in November 2020.