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.
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.
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.
There are 1,683 students at the school (as of 2007-2008).
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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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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