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  1. Academics
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  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    A-
Amherst is a highly rated private college located in Amherst Center, Massachusetts in the Springfield, MA Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,849 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the Amherst acceptance rate is 14%. Popular majors include Economics, Research and Experimental Psychology, and Mathematics. Graduating 93% of students, Amherst alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $42,300.
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New England Small College Athletic Conference
Address
Boltwood Avenue
Amherst, MA 01002
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Amherst College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
14%
Application Deadline
January 1
SAT Range
1360-1555
ACT Range
31-34
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$19,055/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $6,228/ year
  • $30-48k
    $4,764/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,268/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,290/ year
  • $110k+
    $43,142/ year
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Academics

Professors
A+
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Student Faculty Ratio
8:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
100%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.19 responses
88%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.26 responses
23%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.26 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,849Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
21%
Varsity Athletes
31%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 16 responses
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  • Academic, passionate, open-minded
    88%
  • Critical thinker, disciplined, loving
    13%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
90%
of students say they don't have Greek life.20 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.30 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 18 responses
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  • Awesome.
    50%
  • Better than Williams.
    28%
  • You'll know everybody!
    17%
  • Awkward
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$59,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
93%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
82%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.11 responses
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Amherst is simply an amazing institution. The student body here is top notch academically, yet friendly, not cutthroat. The professors are genuinely available, almost 24/7, and have an interest in seeing their students succeed. Make no mistake, the academic environment is rigorous - for the most part the student body is made of of academic "1%-ers," and the pace and expectation is what you'd expect from that.
The town of Amherst is a quintessential beautiful Northeastern college town.
People are super successful coming out of Amherst. The acceptances to top medical, law and other graduate schools each year is mind-blowing. Same with people going into finance/Wall Street.
All in all, Amherst is a magical place to spend 4 years!
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I love Amherst. It’s definitely small and rural, so you have to be prepared to find most of your social life on campus itself. But if you’re ready for that, the academics are great, professors are helpful, people are wonderful, and campus is beautiful! The financial aid packages are amazing, because Amherst intentionally makes the hard part gaining admission—not paying!
Small School, for sure. Everyone knows each other's business, but if you are ok with that, the academics are truly unparalleled. The professors are all incredibly intelligent and helpful, and they really pushed me to think through a problem with all its complexity, without the pressures of simplification that often characterize modern issues. My classmates were all amazing, which was intimidating at first, but which I also grew to appreciate and hopefully grow from. The administration tries its best, but at times, students feel they aren't heard and the administration feels it is coddling students. Definitely more work to be done (in and outside the college) on understanding and making space for identities, but Amherst's diversity really pushes everyone to make that space (successfully at times and unsuccessfully at times.)