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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Environmental Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Asian Studies/Civilization
European Studies/Civilization
African-American/Black Studies
Women's Studies
Computer Science
Russian Language And Literature
German Language And Literature
French Language And Literature
Spanish Language And Literature
Classics And Classical Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics, General
Ancient/Classical Greek Language And Literature
Latin Language And Literature
English Language And Literature, General
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biochemistry, Biophysics And Molecular Biology, Other
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Religion/Religious Studies
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General
Research And Experimental Psychology, Other
Drama And Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Music, General
History, General
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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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