Amherst College

Overview of Amherst College

Students attend Amherst in Amherst, MA, a town not far from a more urbanized area. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Amherst degrees go up to the Bachelor's degree.

Areas of Study

The school has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. Amherst is known for its programs in art studies, drama and performing arts, liberal arts, mathematics, music.

Amherst Selectivity

The school is selective and does not offer open admission. One sign of prestige is that Amherst only let in 15% of those who applied in 2007-2008. Three quarters of students in 2007-2008 had SAT verbal scores of at least 660. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 660 and 760.


Amherst maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. The school has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at Amherst is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Body

There are 1,683 students at the school (as of 2007-2008).

Student Life

Amherst has a residential or campus feel. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Amherst offers students meal plans. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the New England Small College Athletic Conference, New England Small College Athletic Conference, New England Small College Athletic Conference, New England Small College Athletic Conference.

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Amherst College
Boltwood Avenue
Amherst , MA 01002-5000
General Phone: (413) 542-2000

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Amherst Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts263American studies, Asian studies, European studies, African-American studies, women's studies, Russian language, German language, French language, Spanish language, ...
Science55biology, astronomy, chemistry, geology, physics
Therapy and Counseling36psychology
Religion and Philosophy17philosophy, religion
Art Studies16art studies
Law14legal studies
Computer Science and Engineering10computer science
Drama and Performing Arts4drama

Number of programs and degrees for Amherst in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree44534

Amherst Student Body

In 2007-2008, Amherst had a total enrollment of 1,683 students (1,820 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 50%
Women 50%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 44%
Black 9%
Hispanic 9%
Asian 12%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 20%
(Foreign Students) 7%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 47%
20-21 43%
22-24 7%
25-29 1%
30-34 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York16%
(International Students)10%
New Jersey5%
New Hampshire1%
New Mexico1%
North Carolina1%
Washington, DC1%

Amherst Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 96 %

Amherst Room and Board (2007)

Amherst offers campus housing for 1,728 of its 1,820 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Amherst, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Amherst Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal660760
SAT Math660760
SAT Writing660760
ACT Verbal3034
ACT Math2834
ACT Composite2933

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT74%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT27%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Amherst Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 37,640
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 37,640
Room and board $ 9,790
Room charge $ 5,250
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,540
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 1,800

Financial Aid:
Amherst participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 211500)

Amherst Faculty

Amherst has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year63$141,93736$124,033
Associate professoracademic year14$88,3719$86,944
Assistant professoracademic year20$77,56014$77,186
Lectureracademic year5$62,52014$58,136
No academic rankacademic year17$67,60613$64,308
All faculty totalacademic year119$110,86086$92,770

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Amherst Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football New England Small College Athletic Conference
Basketball New England Small College Athletic Conference
Baseball New England Small College Athletic Conference
Track New England Small College Athletic Conference

Amherst Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Legal Studies, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Asian Studies/Civilization
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, Other
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
European Studies/Civilization
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Latin Language and Literature
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General


Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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