A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B+
Amherst College is ...
Private not-for-profit
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

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
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.24 responses
21%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.24 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,795Undergrads
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 14 responses
Report
  • Academic, passionate, open-minded
    93%
  • Critical thinker, disciplined, loving
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
89%
of students say they don't have Greek life.18 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.28 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 16 responses
Report
  • Awesome.
    50%
  • Better than Williams.
    31%
  • You'll know everybody!
    13%
  • Awkward
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$56,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
93%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
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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Starting my Junior year at Amherst. It is a fantastic place to learn. Quality professors, an administration that cares for the students, faculty and staff, a ridiculously strong and loyal alumni network, a beautiful and historic campus that is meticulously maintained and thoughtfully preserved. What's not to love!
The academics at Amherst rival any college in the country. The professors are all tops in their field, and also make themselves available at any time. This is really an important thing. The student body has the same "on paper diversity" as most colleges, but everyone here is highly academically accomplished, including the athletes. It is not, however, an outwardly "competitive" place. That's not the culture here. People are friendly and there are parties and social engagements almost all Fridays and Saturdays, but from Sunday through Thursday people study and work hard. Sports events (football, basketball, etc) are surprisingly well attended and fun events. Very hard school to get into, esp. if you are not a recruited athlete.