Amherst College

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PO Box 5000

Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#2 Overall Score: 96 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Amherst College is a private institution that was founded in 1821. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,817, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 1,000 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Amherst College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 2. Its tuition and fees are $46,574 (2013-14).

Amherst College, located in Amherst, Mass., is known for its rigorous academic climate. Amherst is a member of the Five Colleges consortium, which also includes Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Students may take courses at any of these colleges. Amherst offers more than 100 student organizations; the college banned fraternities in 1984. Amherst claims to have the oldest athletics program in the nation, along with the third oldest football field. The Amherst Lord Jeffs participate in NCAA Division III sports in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. The school is also part of the unofficial Little Three athletic conference with Williams and Wesleyan, which has lasted more than 100 years. Freshmen are required to live on campus in one of seven residence halls.

Amherst is an undergraduate college that offers degrees in more than 35 different majors. Amherst, known as "the singing college," has many a cappella groups, including the Zumbyes, the Bluestockings and Route 9, to name a few. Amherst is also taking great strides to become more sustainable, and it protects 500 acres of open land and water in its wildlife sanctuary. Notable alumni include former U.S. President Calvin Coolidge, Prince Albert II of Monaco and former Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Harlan Fiske Stone.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Amherst College is widely regarded as one of the nation's very best liberal arts colleges. Enrolling 1,800 students from nearly every state and more than 40 countries, Amherst features an open curriculum and offers the BA in 33 fields of study. Amherst is part of the Five College Consortium with Smith College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1821
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $1,640,666,036


When applying to Amherst College, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1, and the early decision deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due December 31. The application fee at Amherst College is $60. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 13 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity most selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 13.0%
Application deadline January 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by December 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Amherst College is 8:1, and the school has 70.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 98 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 8:1
4-year graduation rate 86%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
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Student Life

Amherst College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,817, with a gender distribution of 51.2 percent male students and 48.8 percent female students. Amherst College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,817
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Amherst College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Amherst College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Amherst College, 35 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Amherst College.

Students who have cars on campus 35%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Amherst College, 55 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $43,424.

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Tuition and fees $46,574 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,170 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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