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Amherst College

Amherst, MA

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Amherst College is one of the nation's premier private, national liberal arts and sciences colleges. The student body of 1,650 includes students from 50 states and 30 countries - 30% are students of color, 46% receive need-based aid, and 5% are non-U.S. citizens. Two distinctive features of an Amherst education are its "open curriculum" (no core or distribution requirements) and its membership in a five-college consortium of nearby schools (providing students with the resources of a much larger institution). 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, Massachusetts, 90 minutes west of Boston and three hours north of New York City.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students1,795
   Women904 (50.4%)
   Men891 (49.6%)
Graduate StudentsNot reported


Entrance DifficultyMost difficult
Overall Admission Rate14% of 8,568 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 1
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPANot reported
SAT Math726 average
680-780 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading722 average
680-780 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing719 average
680-770 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite32 average
31-34 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$69,586
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met100%
Average Freshman Award$51,024
Average Indebtedness of
2015 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Not required
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 32% of classes
10-19 students: 38% of classes
20-29 students: 15% of classes
30-39 students: 9% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 2% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes


Amherst Population34,874
Nearest Metropolitan Area 
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 98% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division III


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native
15.0% Asian
12.9% Black/African-American
14.9% Hispanic/Latino
5.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
46.6% White
4.5% Unknown
International Students9.6% from 54 countries
First-Year Students Returning97.7%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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CLASS OF 2021 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
Interested in This College
Average 3.85 4.30 720 706 32
Low 3.25 3.00 610 610 25
High 4.00 5.00 790 790 36
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• Amherst's Center for Russian Culture houses one of the world's largest private collections of 20th-century Russian books, manuscripts, newspapers and periodicals.

• The Amherst College Bird Sanctuary, a large tract of natural forest, harbors native and migrating birds, beavers and other wildlife.

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