College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.
According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, Amherst is ranked #65 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.
Amherst also holds the #9 spot on the Best Colleges in Massachusetts ranking.
With an acceptance rate of 9%, Amherst is one of the most selective schools in the country. Good grades and high test scores alone may not be enough to get you into the school, so do your best to submit a stellar application.
About 36% of students accepted to Amherst submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 680 and 760. Math scores were between 690 and 790.
At Amherst, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 7 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.
Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.
The full-time faculty percentage at Amherst College is 94%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.
Amherst College has a freshmen retention rate of 98%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.
The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Amherst for first-time, full-time students is 88%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.
During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,745 full-time undergraduates at Amherst.
|$0-30 K||$30K-48K||$48-75||$75-110K||$110K +|
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Amherst, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.
It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Amherst, approximately 11% of students took out student loans averaging $8,944 a year. That adds up to $35,776 over four years for those students.
Contact details for Amherst are given below.
|Address:||Boltwood Avenue, Amherst, MA 01002-5000|
|Most Popular Majors||Bachelor’s Degrees||Average Salary of Graduates|
|Child Development & Psychology||37||$41,688|
|Political Science & Government||29||$51,419|
|General English Literature||21||$27,744|
This is a decrease from the 1,733 students who took online classes the previous year.
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*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
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