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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.

Website: www.amherst.edu/

Private
Co-ed
1,839
Undergraduate
Students
(50.2%) 924 Women
(49.8%) 915 Men
0
Graduate
Students

Admission

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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Money Matters

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 2019 Graduates
$22,629
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Not required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
231
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 21% of classes
10-19 students: 42% of classes
20-29 students: 20% of classes
30-39 students: 10% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes
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Campus Life

Amherst Population
34,874
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Not reported
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
98% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
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Sororities
Not reported
Fraternities
Not reported
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native
16.2% Asian
11.2% Black/African-American
14.4% Hispanic/Latino
7.2% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
47.5% White
2.9% Unknown
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
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