Amherst College is a liberal arts college that offers an undergraduate education and assists students in developing important skills useful in pursuit of graduate education or employment. A liberal arts curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics and subjects. The school is located in Amherst, MA, which is a predominantly rural area. Enrollment at Amherst College exceeds a thousand per year.
Areas of study available at Amherst College include but are not limited to:
- Social Sciences
- English Language And Literature
- Biological And Biomedical Sciences
To be considered for admissions, you may be asked to fill out an application, write a personal statement, and submit test scores or other school records, which are then studied by admissions officials. An ACT or SAT exam is required prior to applying, with scores between 1990 - 2300 for the SAT exam and between 30 - 34 for the ACT exam is common among students accepted to Amherst College. Only 13 percent of applicants are admitted to the school due to the huge number of applicants for the limited enrollment spaces available. More information regarding admissions can be found at amherst.edu.
Undergraduate tuition is approximately $47,000 annually, though it may vary based on any number of circumstances. Students should check the school's net price calculator to determine a more personalized cost estimate. On-campus housing is available for students, which costs about $6,700 for the year. Students at Amherst College may be eligible for aid which is typically scholarships, grants, and loans.
The mascot for Amherst College is the "Lord Jeffs", and they participate in intercollegiate athletics through the NCAA. Available sports offered may include:
- Baseball (NCAA Division III)
- Basketball (NCAA Division III)
- Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
- Field Hockey (NCAA Division III)
Students who would like to see more about Amherst College can check out their website at http://www.amherst.edu.
Admission Requirements & Details
The information regarding admissions below may give you an idea of the candidates Amherst College accepts.
The total student enrollment at Amherst College is about 1,800, with undergraduate students making up about 100% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are between $50,000-$60,000 for both state residents and nonresidents
Financial Aid Details
The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||68%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||62%||$47,145|
|Receiving Student Loans||17%||$5,124|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help support students, Amherst College may offer student services including:
- Career path counseling
- Work study style employment
- Assisting students to find work
Amherst College has a very high graduation rate when compared to nearby similar schools.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||89%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||6%|
Amherst College is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division III (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (New England Small College Ath Conf)
- Basketball (New England Small College Ath Conf)
- Track and Field (New England Small College Ath Conf)
- Field Hockey
- Football (New England Small College Ath Conf)
- Ice Hockey
- Swimming and Diving
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Amherst College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Foreign Languages and Literature
Legal Professions and Studies
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
Other 4-Year Private Colleges
The list of schools below have been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Amherst College.
- Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA (37 miles away)
- Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT (48 miles away)
- University of New Hampshire at Manchester in Manchester, NH (68 miles away)
- Ramapo College of New Jersey in Mahwah, NJ (124 miles away)
- SUNY College at Oneonta in Oneonta, NY (130 miles away)
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- Get a list of all the colleges in Massachusetts
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- Find other great liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts
Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Amherst College for official up-to-date information.