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.

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collegeType
Private
studentType
Coed
1,839
Undergraduates
916
Men - 49.8%
924
Women - 50.2%
0
Graduates
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Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
11% of 10,569 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 4
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
750 average
720-790 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
727 average
690-760 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
33 average
31-34 range of middle 50%
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Cost of Attendance
$79,600
Tuition and Fees
$60,890
Room and Board
$15,910
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$59,559
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$22,629
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Not required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
231
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
21%
10-19
42%
20-29
20%
30-39
10%
40-49
4%
50-99
1%
Over 100
1%
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Not reported Population
34,874
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Not reported
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
98% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Sororities
Not reported
Fraternities
Not reported
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.5%
Asian
16.2%
Black/African-American
11.2%
Hispanic/Latino
14.4%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
7.2%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.1%
White
47.5%
Unknown
2.9%
International Students
8.8% from 61 countries
First-Year Students Returning
97.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
88.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported