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Amherst College
Amherst College Boltwood Avenue Amherst, MA 01002 Phone: (413) 542-2000
  • General Information
    About Amherst College

    Amherst College educates men and women of exceptional potential from all backgrounds so that they may seek, value, and advance knowledge, engage the world around them, and lead principled lives of consequence. Amherst brings together the most promising students, whatever their financial need, in order to promote diversity of experience and ideas within a purposefully small residential community. Working with faculty, staff, and administrators dedicated to intellectual freedom and the highest standards of instruction in the liberal arts, Amherst undergraduates assume substantial responsibility for undertaking inquiry and for shaping their education within and beyond the curriculum. Amherst College is committed to learning through close colloquy and to expanding the realm of knowledge through scholarly research and artistic creation at the highest level. Its graduates link learning with leadership—in service to the College, to their communities, and to the world beyond.


    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 4-year, Private not-for-profit
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • ROTC (Navy)
    • Teacher certification
    • Study abroad
    Student Services
    • Academic/career counseling service
    • Employment services for students
    • Placement services for completers
    Credit Accepted
    • Institution does not accept dual, credit for life, or AP credits
    Religious Affiliation
    • Not applicable
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • Bachelor's degree
    Campus Setting
    • Town: Fringe
    Disability Services Student
    • 3% or Less
  • Admission
    Total Applicants 7,679
    Percent Admitted 16%
    Men Admitted 17%
    Women Admitted 15%
    Full Time Retention Rate 96%
  • Submitted ACT & SAT Scores

    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Critical Reading 660 760
      Math 660 760
      Writing 660 760
    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Composite 29 33
      English 30 34
      Math 28 34
      Writing 28 33
  • Student Demographics
    Total Enrolled 1,819
    Native American 3
    Asian 188
    African American 186
    Hispanic 174
    Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 1,795
    Enrolled FullTime Graduates 0

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