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Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts

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Amherst College overview
Location Amherst, Massachusetts
Online amherst.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Town Fringe
Amherst College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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Amherst College, established in 1821 and located in Amherst, Massachusetts, is a prominent liberal arts institution situated in a suburban town within the picturesque Pioneer Valley, approximately 90 miles from Boston. The private undergraduate college emphasizes a comprehensive and rigorous education across a wide range of disciplines, with notable strength in political science, economics, and research sciences. Amherst is distinguished by its open curriculum, allowing students exceptional flexibility in their academic pursuits without the constraint of core requirements. The college's campus, reflecting a blend of traditional and contemporary architecture, provides a serene educational environment and includes on-campus housing options for the majority of its student body. Known for its highly selective admissions process, Amherst maintains an intimate learning atmosphere with small class sizes and a low student-to-faculty ratio. While not predominantly recognized for athletics, the college competes in the NCAA Division III as the Amherst Mammoths, emphasizing a balance between academic achievement and athletic participation.

In the most recent statistical year 14,864 prospective students applied, and 1,079 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 467 enrolled in the school.  1,898 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 0 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $63,500 plus fees of $600. Amherst is ranked 16 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Amherst is rated within the top 4% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 10 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated

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Admission Standards

Amherst College overview
SAT 1420/1550
ACT 32/35
Estimated GPA 3.91

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due Jan 2, 2024
Applicant Competition Extreme
Application Fee $65

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Amherst College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$600
Room and Board $16,750
Budget for Other Expenses$1,800
Total One Year Cost$83,650

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$82,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

96% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Amherst College students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 26%
English and Literature 12%
Foreign Languages 7%
Biology 7%
Psychology 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=164465 IPEDS survey data for Amherst College.

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