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Amherst Demographics & Diversity

Amherst, Massachusetts

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity
Very High

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at Amherst are predominantly White with a smaller Asian population. The school has very high racial diversity. 58% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Racial demographics of Amherst College students
Race Percent of Students
White 42%
Black 12%
Hispanic 13%
Asian 14%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 5%
International 10%
Race Unknown 4%

Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity
Very High

There are 7% more female students than male students enrolled at Amherst College with a gender ratio of 52% women to 48% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, Amherst has a higher gender diversity than other US colleges and is very inclusive of both genders.

Male to female gender ratio for Amherst College students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 48%
Women 52%
Enrollment by gender for Amherst College students
Gender Number of Students
Men 845
Women 900

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity
High

Amherst serves a high number of out-of-state students with 89% of the student body residing outside of Massachusetts or from other countries.

Enrollment by geographic location for Amherst College students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 11%
Out of State 74%
Foreign 13%
Unknown Location 2%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$82,187 per year

24% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Enrollment
1,745
Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 1.5%
Part time Undergrads 0%

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