Students Say

With about 1,800 students, Amherst College “has a strong sense of community born of its small size” that goes hand-in-hand with an atmosphere that “encourages discussion and cooperation.” Many here are quick to praise the “fantastic” professors and “supportive” administration. “Professors come here to teach,” says one undergrad, “not just to do research.” The “enriching” academics are bolstered by the “dedicated” faculty, but slackers be warned: You must be “willing to sit down and read a text forward and backward and firmly grasp it” as “skimming will do you no good.”

Overview

Applicants
8,478
Acceptance Rate
14%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
670 - 780
SAT Math
680 - 770
ACT Composite
30 - 34

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities
First Generation

Overall

Students Say

With about 1,800 students, Amherst College “has a strong sense of community born of its small size” that goes hand-in-hand with an atmosphere that “encourages discussion and cooperation.” Many here are quick to praise the “fantastic” professors and “supportive” administration. “Professors come here to teach,” says one undergrad, “not just to do research.” The “enriching” academics are bolstered by the “dedicated” faculty, but slackers be warned: You must be “willing to sit down and read a text forward and backward and firmly grasp it” as “skimming will do you no good.” Besides having “easily accessible” professors, some students also appreciate that registration “forces you to talk to your advisor.” Another student notes, “I’m amazed at how easy it is to sit down for a casual lunch with anyone in the administration without there having to be a problem that needs to be discussed.” Indeed, most here agree, “The support for students is as good as anyone could expect.” However, some mention that despite the “administration, staff, and faculty” being “accessible and receptive to student input on every level,” the “realities of running a small school in this economic climate mean a lot of suggestions won’t be acted upon any time soon.” Nevertheless, Amherst’s alumni have a solid track record when it comes to obtaining postgraduate degrees—so much so that some think of the college “as prep school for grad school.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
7.6:1
Total Faculty
271
with Terminal Degree
254

141
Men
130
Women
47
Minority
10
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
92%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Calvin Coolidge
US President

Charles Drew
Scientist-developed first blood storage system

Jeffrey Hoffman
Astronaut - veteran of five space shuttle flights

David Kessler
Former head of FDA, current Dean Yale Med. School

Hugh Price
President and CEO of National Urban League

Caroline Thompson
Screenwriter

Harold Varmus
Scientific researcher - Nobel Prize winner

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
92
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Bottom Line

Annual tuition, fees, and room and board cost roughly $60,900 at Amherst. Once you consider books, supplies, personal expenses, and transportation, you can expect to spend anywhere from $64,000 to $68,000 per year. In the end, you’ll get much more than what you pay for. The school meets 100 percent of its student body’s demonstrated need without loans, and those who choose to take them out graduate with little debt (relative to the indebtedness of graduates of many similar schools). Students feel it is “hard to find somewhere better” and believe Amherst is “the best of the small, elite New England colleges.”

Bang For Your Buck

Amherst College is a no-loan institution, which means the college does not include loans in its financial aid packages but focuses on providing grant and scholarship aid instead. It is possible to graduate from Amherst with no debt. In addition to a need-blind admissions policy, Amherst meets 100 percent of students’ demonstrated need, be they international or domestic. Every year, Amherst awards grants and scholarships to more than half the student body. All students who apply for financial aid are automatically considered for grant and scholarship funds. In 2013-14, the school provided just over $44.5 million in scholarship aid to students, and the average award was just under $47,000.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$48,105

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$47,243

Average Need-Based Loan
$330

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$14,490

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
27%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$46,285

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$47,720
Required Fees
$806
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,810
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Traditionally, the student body at Amherst has been known by the “stereotype of the preppy, upper-middle-class, white student,” but many here note that the school is “at least as racially diverse as the country and more economically diverse than people think.” That’s not to say that the college doesn’t have “a sizeable preppy population fresh from East Coast boarding schools,” but overall students here report, “Diversity—racial, ethnic, geographic, socioeconomic—is more than a buzzword here.” The campus is also “a politically and environmentally conscious” place, as well as a “highly athletic one.” The school’s small size “means that no group is isolated and everyone interacts and more or less gets along.” Others, however, aren’t as convinced about the student body’s unity. “There is definitely a divide in the student body,” says one undergrad. “The typical Amherst student is either an extremely quiet, bookish nerd or a lumbering, backward-baseball-cap-wearing jock.” That said, the school is filled with “open-minded, intellectually passionate, and socially conscious critical thinkers.” As one student puts it, “Most students—even our most drunken athletes and wild party-goers—are concerned about learning and academics.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,792
Out of State
88%

International
11%
Foreign Countries Represented
54

Demographics

14.44%
Asian
13.70%
African-American
14.51%
Hispanic
46.36%
Caucasian
5.56%
Unknown
10.62%
International

48% female
52% male
88% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview

Students Say

While students at Amherst are “focused first and foremost on academics, nearly every student is active and enjoys life outside of the library.” “There’s a club or organization for every interest” here, and students assure us that if there isn’t one that you’re interested in, “the school will find the money for it.” Students also praise the “awesome” dorms (some say they’re “as spacious, well-maintained, and luxurious as many five-star hotels”), for being “designed to facilitate social interaction.” Coincidentally, the dorms tend to serve as the school’s social hub, particularly since Greek organizations were banned back in 1985. Amherst makes up for the lack of frat houses with “a number of socials put on by student government that are held throughout the year at bars downtown.” And don’t worry if you don’t have a car since these events “have free buses that transport students to and from the bars.” Some bemoan that the town of Amherst is “incredibly small” and doesn’t feature much in the way of fun. Others take solace in “the many eateries in town that feature lots of ethnically diverse foods” and “go to sporting events.” And since Amherst is part of the Five Colleges consortium, there’s “an extended social life to be had,” however “not that many people go out of their way to experience it.” For those who like liquor with their extracurricular activities, most “drink on campus instead of off campus” thanks to some “huge apartment parties.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
98%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
76
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
71

Housing Options

Cooperative
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
100
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
7

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Lord Jeffs)
14 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Lord Jeffs)
15 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Sustainability

Green Rating
61

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
30

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell,

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Office of Admission

Address
Admissions Office
Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone
4135422328

Email
admission@amherst.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Mead Art Museum
Pratt Museum of Natural History
Russian Cultural Center
Japanese Peace Garden
Observatory
Beneski Museum of Natural History

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Emily Dickinson Homestead
Yankee Candle
Basketball Hall of Fame
Eric Carle Museum
Yiddish Book Center

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Saturdays in the fall
8:30am-4:30pm and 9am-noon
4135422328

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Visit Admissions website for dates

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Admission Off. coordinates visits on Mon

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bradley International Airport near Hartford, CT is 45 miles from campus. Peter Pan bus line (800-237-8747), Valley Transporter limousines (800-237-8747 or 413-253-1350), rental cars, and taxis are available for the trip from the airport to campus. Amtrak trains provide regular service from New York City to Springfield, MA. Greyhound buses serve Springfield hourly from Boston and New York. Buses also run hourly from Springfield to Amherst. Taxis (and, during the academic year, the free Five College Bus Service) are available for the trip from town to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the south, take I-91 N. to Exit 19. Take Rte. 9 E. for 7 miles. In the town of Amherst, turn right onto Rte. 116 S. Proceed a quarter mile to the admissions office on the left. From the east, take I-90 W. (Massachusetts Tpke.) to Exit 8 (Palmer-Amherst). Take Rte. 181 N. to Rte. 9 W. From Rte. 9, turn left onto Rte. 116 S. for a quarter mile to the admissions office. From the west, take I-90 E. to the W. Springfield exit. Head north on I-91 to Exit 19; then head east on Rte. 9 for 7 miles to the town of Amherst. Turn right onto Rte. 116 S. for a quarter mile to the admissions office. From the north, take I-91 S. to Exit 25 (Amherst). Take Rte. 116 S. to the admissions office.

Local Accommodations
Visit http://www.amherst.edu/about_amh/visit/lodging.html Lord Jeffery Inn (413-253-2576), on the Common in Amherst, is a popular place with Amherst visitors. It has character and is conveniently located within walking distance. Rates are moderate. The following hotels/motels are within 5 miles of campus and are moderately to inexpensively priced: Amherst Motel, (413) 256-8122 Campus Center Hotel (UMass), (877) 822-2110 Comfort Inn, (413) 584-9816 Courtyard Marriott Hotel, (413) 256-5454 Econo Lodge, (413) 582-7077 Hampton Inn, (413) 586-4851 Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, (413) 582-0002 Howard Johnson Inn, (413) 586-0114 Knights Inn, (413) 585-1552 University Lodge, (413) 256-8111