1,836
Students
Financial aid thermometer
53,052
Avg. Financial Aid
Most Selective
Admission Difficulty
12
12%
Acceptance Rate
Small town
Setting
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Overview

Amherst College is a 4-year institution located in Amherst, MA, in a small town setting.

Location & Contact

Address PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA  01002-5000
United States
Contact Katharine L. Fretwell
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Email: admission@amherst.edu
Phone: 413-542-2328
Fax: 413-542-2040

Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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American Studies Checkmark
Asian Studies Checkmark
European Studies Checkmark
Women's Studies Checkmark
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Biochemistry, Biophysics And Molecular Biology Related Checkmark
Biology/biological Sciences Checkmark
Neuroscience Checkmark
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
English Checkmark
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
Ancient/classical Greek Checkmark
Classics And Classical Languages Checkmark
French Checkmark
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Latin Checkmark
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History Associate Bachelors
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Legal Professions And Studies Associate Bachelors
Legal Studies Checkmark
Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
Environmental Studies Checkmark
Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Astronomy Checkmark
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Geology/earth Science Checkmark
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
Anthropology Checkmark
Economics Checkmark
Political Science And Government Checkmark
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Dramatic/theater Arts Checkmark
Fine/studio Arts Checkmark
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Admissions

Acceptance Rate

9,285
Applied
1,198
Accepted
1,836
Enrolled
13%
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Female Admissions

5,160
Females Applied
597
Females Accepted
12%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

4,125
Males Applied
601
Males Accepted
15%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

65
Application Fee
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Essay
3 recommendations
Other requirements exist (see below)
Other requirements: Amherst College Supplement

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen January 1st April 1st
Early decision plan November 1st December 15th
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer March 1st May 15th

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
SAT Critical Reading 742 720 770
SAT Math 750 710 790
ACT Composite 33 32 34

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

55,520
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Fees

906
Full-time student fees
14,740
Room & board
7,990
Room only
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes

Financial Aid

53,052
Avg. Financial Aid Package
53,209
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
62,022
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
505
Avg. Loan Aid
0
Avg. Grant Aid
51,841
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
100% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
100%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
100%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

1,836
Total undergrad students
9%
International Students
86%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 12.75%
Black or African American 11.38%
White or Caucasian 43.79%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.6%
Asian 14.27%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.05%
Two or more races 5.23%
Other 2.72%

Gender

Male (50.54%)
Female (49.46%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Cooperative housing
Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Women-only housing
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 97%

Student Activities

Student-run campus newspaper Checkmark
Drama/theatre group Checkmark
Student-run radio station Checkmark
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Marching band Checkmark
Choral groups Checkmark
Campus events:
Homecoming, Fall/Winter/Spring Carnivals and Spring Concert

Student Services

Health clinic Checkmark
Personal/psychological counseling Checkmark
Women's center Checkmark
International students advisor Checkmark

Student Organizations

Greek fraternities
Greek sororities
Local fraternities
Local sororities
Most popular organizations:
Association of Amherst Students, Black Students Union, Student Publications (e.g., Amherst Student, Indicator), A Capella Groups (e.g., Zumbye's, Bluestockings) and Amherst Dance

Campus Security & Safety

24-hour emergency telephone/alarm services Checkmark
24-hour patrols by trained officers Checkmark
Student patrols Checkmark
Late-night transport/escort services Checkmark
Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Checkmark

Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No Division 3 No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Cheerleading No No No
Crew No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Equestrian Sports No Checkmark No
Fencing No Checkmark No
Field Hockey No No No
Football No Division 3 No
Golf Checkmark Division 3 No
Ice Hockey Checkmark Division 3 No
Lacrosse No Division 3 No
Rock Climbing Checkmark No No
Rugby No Checkmark No
Sailing No Checkmark No
Skiing (downhill) No Checkmark No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball Checkmark No No
Squash Checkmark Division 3 No
Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Tennis Checkmark Division 3 No
Track And Field Checkmark Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee No Checkmark No
Volleyball Checkmark Checkmark No
Water Polo No Checkmark No
Wrestling No Checkmark No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Cheerleading No Checkmark No
Crew No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Equestrian Sports No Checkmark No
Fencing No Checkmark No
Field Hockey No Division 3 No
Football No No No
Golf Checkmark Division 3 No
Ice Hockey Checkmark Division 3 No
Lacrosse No Division 3 No
Rock Climbing Checkmark No No
Rugby No Checkmark No
Sailing No Checkmark No
Skiing (downhill) No Checkmark No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball Checkmark Division 3 No
Squash Checkmark Division 3 No
Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Tennis Checkmark Division 3 No
Track And Field Checkmark Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee No Checkmark No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 3 No
Water Polo No Checkmark No
Wrestling No Checkmark No

Faculty

291
Total Faculty
8:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 223
Part-time - 68
Male - 155
Female - 136