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Academics

An open curriculum and a focus on undergraduates are the foundations of the Amherst College education, where approximately 1,800 students choose their own intellectual path from forty majors, numerous research opportunities, and additional classes and resources available from other members of the Five College Consortium. It’s an “academically rigorous undergraduate education,” but there are multiple resource centers to foster awareness and help students “continue and worship our identities” as well, including the Center for International Engagement, Women’s and Gender Center, and Multicultural Resource Center. The “open curriculum offers the student a perfect level of curricular control over their own education,” and students can supplement this with “fully-funded field trips or interesting guest lecturers” and a “plethora of research opportunities for undergraduates.” Students still need to declare a major and fulfill the requirements, but they find this “gives you so much space and freedom to take a variety of classes at this liberal arts college.”

Faculty at Amherst “always leave their door open” with “ridiculously extensive and lenient office hours,” and small class sizes further encourage “strong relationships with professors.” They “help you think of paper topics, read drafts, and give active feedback.” One student shares, “My professors have treated me like family—literally, I have been invited over for dinner … and academically and professionally pushed and helped to do my best.” Classes are mainly “small group discussions that require students to teach other students,” and students have the opportunity to engage in a variety of subjects with “different perspectives through collaboration.”

Student Body

The people on this “fairly diverse campus” are “a collection of different ethnicities, gender identities, sexual preferences, and various background lives.” Students find that “personalities and interests vary widely,” but believe “everyone at Amherst has a story” and “everyone has a space.” That environment is cultivated since Amherst students are incredibly generous and “help each other because they want the best for one another.” Overall, people are “academically and intellectually engaged and curious,” and they “collaborate because they know that it’s the best way to learn.” The busy nature of the school and the “quite varied interests” of the student body naturally creates peers who seek eclectic experiences: “No one is just a football player or a violinist, they are also a singer or an [on-campus organization’s] senator,” one student offers as an example.

Campus Life

The packed weekdays at Amherst follow a pretty standard formula: “Go to class. Work. Generally participate in at least one activity a day. Study. Socialize. Repeat.” That socializing takes many forms: “People see movies, bowl, and hike,” but they also just hang out in the campus center. They also fill their time “cooking, spending time in town or in neighboring towns or cities,” and going to recitals. Students here “are constantly moving and busy with packed schedules that encompass a variety of activities,” and when the weather cooperates, “people will be found lounging in the grassy quads, playing Frisbee, [and] going out to nearby towns or ponds [and] mini-beaches.” On the weekends, students attend “parties at night and events during the day, [including] sporting events.” Most who attend call the campus home— 98 percent of those enrolled live on campus.

Overview

Applicants
9,724
Acceptance Rate
13%

SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
690 - 760
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
700 - 780
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
31 - 34

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

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


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
7.21:1
Total Faculty
300
with Terminal Degree
283

157
Men
143
Women
66
Minority
14
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
85%
Graduate in 5 years
92%
Graduate in 6 years
93%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architectural History and Criticism, General.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • Asian Studies/Civilization.
  • European Studies/Civilization.
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Neuroscience.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Russian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.
  • Statistics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Astronomy.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

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

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies.
  • Music, General.


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

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

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


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
85%
Graduate in 5 years
92%
Graduate in 6 years
93%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

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

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$62,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$123,700

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$65,200

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$133,300

Percent High Job Meaning
43%

Percent STEM
32%


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 Career Network list job and internship opportunities for gaining professional experience. Students 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 $60,200, and 47 percent believe their work makes the world a better place.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$58,880

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$54,715

Average Need-Based Loan
$449

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
30%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$13,710

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$58,880

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$57,640
Required Fees
$1,000
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$7,010
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
$15,310
Comprehensive Fee

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 Private Scholarships
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

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,855
Foreign Countries Represented
61

Demographics

15.09%
Asian
10.73%
African-American
12.83%
Hispanic
43.50%
Caucasian
2.43%
Unknown
8.14%
International

50% female
50% male
87% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

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

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Jodi Foley

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
150
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
6

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports ()
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 ()
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

82/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
No

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
16%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
We have special pricing with Apple and Dell.

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Admission Office
Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone
4135422328

Email
admission@amherst.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Mead Art Museum
Beneski Museum of Natural History
Russian Cultural Center
Japanese Peace Garden
Wilder Observatory
War Memorial, Bassett Planetarium

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Emily Dickinson Homestead
Yankee Candle Flagship Store
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

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
https://www.amherst.edu/admission/visit/

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Other

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.


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