Amherst College

Amherst College Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Amherst College Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

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.

Amherst College was awarded 318 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is other biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology.

Overall Quality

Amherst landed the #29 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

Out of the 72 colleges in Massachusetts, Amherst is ranked at #4.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Amherst?

Acceptance Rate

Amherst College has a very low acceptance rate of 13%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to Amherst just in case you don't make the cut.

Average Test Scores

About 33% 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 700 and 770. Math scores were between 700 and 790.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Amherst College  ( 700 to 770 )

SAT Math Scores for Amherst College  ( 700 to 790 )
Amherst received ACT scores from 67% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 32 and 34.

ACT Composite Scores for Amherst College  ( 32 to 34 )

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Amherst College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

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.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

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 92%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  92 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Amherst College

Freshmen Retention Rate

Amherst College has a freshmen retention rate of 97%. 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.

Freshmen Retention Rate  97 out of 100

Graduation Rate

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%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  88 out of 100

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Amherst College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,839 full-time undergraduates at Amherst.

How Much Does Amherst College Cost?

The overall average net price of Amherst is $18,524. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Amherst

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$6,079 $4,423 $8,219 $24,193 $45,700

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.

Student Loan Debt

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 19% of students took out student loans averaging $5,626 a year. That adds up to $22,504 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Amherst is 3.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Amherst Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Amherst make around $65,000 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Amherst graduates since it is 63% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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Location of Amherst College

Amherst College is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Amherst, Massachusetts. Amherst is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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Contact details for Amherst are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Boltwood Avenue, Amherst, MA 01002-5000
Phone: 413-542-2000

Amherst College Majors

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Economics 74 $69,800
Mathematics 68 $61,000
Child Development & Psychology 55 NA
Computer Science 46 NA
Political Science & Government 40 $49,500
General English Literature 39 $31,400
History 33 NA
Area Studies 28 $32,100
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 26 NA
General Biology 25 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Amherst College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

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Notes and References


*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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