Amherst College

Amherst College Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Amherst College Ranked?

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2023 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 468 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is computer and information sciences.

Overall Quality

Amherst is ranked #61 out of 2,241 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2023 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

Amherst also holds the #8 spot on the Best Colleges in Massachusetts ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Amherst?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 12%, 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.

Average Test Scores

About 59% 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 710 and 770. Math scores were between 720 and 790.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Amherst College  ( 710 to 770 )

SAT Math Scores for Amherst College  ( 720 to 790 )
Amherst received ACT scores from 42% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 32 and 35.

ACT Composite Scores for Amherst College  ( 32 to 35 )

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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 94%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  94 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Amherst College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 91% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Amherst College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  91 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 85%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  85 out of 100

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Amherst College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,745 full-time undergraduates at Amherst.

How Much Does Amherst College Cost?

The overall average net price of Amherst is $21,657. 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 +
$4,468 $4,459 $7,793 $21,718 $50,268

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 14% of students took out student loans averaging $9,904 a year. That adds up to $39,616 over four years for those students.

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How Much Money Do Amherst Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Amherst make about $71,567 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Amherst students since it is 68% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Amherst College make the most money.

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
Mathematics 50 $64,970
Economics 37 $78,775
Child Development & Psychology 37 $41,688
Computer Science 34 $96,310
Political Science & Government 29 $51,419
History 25 $43,271
Statistics 23 NA
General Biology 22 $24,621
General English Literature 21 $27,744
Legal Research 21 NA

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

Online Learning at Amherst

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 1,733 students took at least one online class at Amherst College. This is an increase from the 0 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 1,733 1,108
2018-2019 0 0
2017-2018 0 0
2016-2017 0 0
2015-2016 0 0

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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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