Overview

Applicants
8,478
Acceptance Rate
14%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
670 - 780
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
680 - 770
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
670 - 770
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
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

Selectivity Rating

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
87%
Graduate in 5 years
93%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Asian-American Studies
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Spanish and Iberian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Neurobiology and Neurophysiology

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • French Language and Literature
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Leisure and Recreational Activities

  • Art
  • Theatre/Theater

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Mathematics, Other

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Natural Sciences
  • Neuroscience

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy, Other
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General
  • Physics, Other

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, Other

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology, Other
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music, General


Students Say

A crown jewel of the liberal arts college scene, Amherst College is an intimate and academically demanding school in western Massachusetts, where its 1,800 students from all across the country come to collaborate on “the highest of academic problems.” There is an “openness that pervades every aspect of the school,” from the open curriculum (which eliminates core requirements) to an administration that is “all about student feedback.” Students say the school fosters “a vibrant life of the mind” through a “stellar academic and athletic combination” and “endless resources and funding for absolutely everything.” Amherst professors are “unbelievably well-read,” “insert unique insights into class discussions and maintain high levels of discourse on controversial topics.” Relationships with professors “flourish due to how accessible they are and how much we, as students, interact with them”; they truly care about the students and “want to get to know them.” “I’ve been invited to professors’ houses for holiday parties, have met their children, and learned from their experiences,” says one student. The ability to learn across disciplines and at other schools in the Five College Consortium gives students the freedom to take classes they are genuinely interested in, leading to “livelier discussions and allowing [them] to focus on what [they] want to.” An emphasis on social consciousness both inside and outside of the classroom “raises the intellectual ability of...students” and “[challenges] students to embrace the ‘uncomfortable.’” The workload is “often heavy” but “fulfilling,” and the school “encourages hard work and breeds an atmosphere of perfection” that is roundly received by the student populace.

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
87%
Graduate in 5 years
93%
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

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

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$53,000

Median Mid-Career Salary
$104,000

Return on Education (ROE) rating
95

Students Say

The Career Center at Amherst is focused on empowering students to think about their futures reflectively and strategically. The Amherst Select Internship Program allows students to get a taste of different fields over the summer and truly test out their options. Other resources like Quest, Career Beam, and the Liberal Arts Network list job and internship opportunities for gaining professional experience. Student can easily connect with alumni through Pathways, the alumni-student mentoring program that helps undergrads set goals and make informed career decisions. Those grads who visited Payscale.com report starting salaries of about $53,000 and 50 percent believe their work makes the world a better place.

Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

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
Required Fees
$832
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


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

Students Say

Students tout their small campus’s socioeconomic and racial diversity. “Everyone in this community is engaged in their own passions and supportive of others’ passions,” which “creates an energizing environment of curiosity, determination, and success.” “Everyone has a story, a talent, an experience that I never would get to be in contact with if it wasn’t for meeting them here,” says a student. Smarts and talent are common traits, and students tend to be “preppy,” “athletic,” and “socially conscious.” Though students tend to fall into loosely defined groups and friend sets, “those groups tend to be very flexible.” “Every type of group that you would hope to be a part of exists here,” and people are almost always involved in multiple activities but “do not carry out one or the other half-heartedly.”

Overview


Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Cooperative
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

While Amherst is “roughly in the middle of nowhere,” the Five College Consortium brings thousands of students to this “beautiful area,” making Amherst the second largest booking venue in New England. The town is “small but is extremely geared toward college students” and “social life is extremely fun and inviting.” “It’s honestly impossible to get bored here with five campuses of exciting academic and social events open to you,” says a student. Fun “comes in many forms,” such as sledding, going for hikes, and spectating at sports games. The nearby town of Northampton is a popular outing, and Amherst just renovated its old 1920s Powerhouse to serve as a party and event space (it has a “nightclub vibe that has been very popular”). There are “endless opportunities for campus involvement” and a “profound focus on diversity.” Students “are encouraged to join essentially any group they would like” from the start of freshman year. Even with Amherst’s emphasis on athletics, “you’re going to see the football players in the library more than you will see them in the gym.” There are always activities put on by student organizations, and students often have trouble choosing which ones to attend “since virtually all of them are compelling.”

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


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