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Amherst College Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Amherst College ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Amherst College Ranked?

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2020 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Amherst College was awarded 58 badges in the 2020 rankings.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Amherst as #29 out of 1,727 colleges and universities in the country on its 2020 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation.

Amherst also holds the #5 spot on the Best Colleges in Massachusetts ranking.

See all of the rankings for Amherst College.

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 8 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

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Amherst College is 93%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  93 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Amherst College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 97% 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  97 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Amherst the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 88%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  88 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Amherst

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,836 full-time undergraduates at Amherst.

Amherst Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 99.50 out of 100, Amherst is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  99.50 out of 100
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How Much Does Amherst College Cost?

The overall average net price of Amherst is $22,463. 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 +
$5,311 $10,383 $11,372 $19,829 $46,118

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Amherst, approximately 15% of students took out student loans averaging $5,460 a year. That adds up to $21,840 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Amherst is 3.3%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Amherst make about $65,000 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Amherst graduates since it is 59% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year.


See which majors at Amherst College make the most money.

Location of Amherst College

Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, Amherst College is a private not-for-profit institution. Amherst is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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Location of Amherst College

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 74 $61,000
Economics 64 $69,800
General English Literature 52 $31,400
Child Development & Psychology 44 NA
Political Science & Government 38 $49,500
History 37 NA
Romance Languages 35 NA
Computer Science 30 NA
General Biology 25 NA
Area Studies 24 $32,100

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

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