Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts
4-year Private university


Amherst College is a private institution established in 1821 with rural setting located at Amherst. It is ranked 2 in National Liberal Arts Colleges in 2024 edition of Best College. It practices semester-based academic calendar. Amherst is a member of the Five Colleges consortium, which also includes Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Students may take courses at any of these colleges. Amherst offers more than 100 student organizations; the college banned fraternities in 1984. Amherst is an undergraduate college that offers degrees in more than 35 different majors. Amherst, known as “the singing college,” has many a cappella groups, including the Zumbyes, the Bluestockings and Route 9, to name a few. Amherst is also taking great strides to become more sustainable, and it protects 500 acres of open land and water in its wildlife sanctuary.

#2 in National Liberal Arts Colleges
Location Amherst, Massachusetts
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1821
Selectivity Very High
Size Small
1,898 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Social Sciences
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Architecture And Related Services
  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • History
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $56,426
Outstate Tuition Fee $56,426
Room and Board Fees $17,560
$43,914 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


7% (Very High Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Most Difficult
$65 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
-- Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Recommended
SAT Subject Test Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Apply College's Own Application Portal

For International Students

100 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS, MELAB Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

Students have conducted their entire secondary education at a school with English as the primary language of instruction;
have taken the SAT and scored 700 or above on the Critical Reading section (CR) of the old SAT (pre-March 2016) OR 730 or above on the Evidence-based Reading & Writing section (ERW) of the newly redesigned SAT (post-March 2016);
have taken the ACT with Writing and scored 32 or above on the Reading section

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Early Decision Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$69,267 Average Financial Aid
Need-based Aid available for International Students

Need-based Aid

$68,051 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $83,650
56% Students with need received Financial Aid
100% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application --
Forms to be submitted FAFSA, CSS

Merit Scholarships

Not Available

Other Scholarships

Alumni Scholarships
Total Worth Varies
Details Several Amherst Alumni Associations provide special scholarships to students from their regions. This aid forms a special category of "outside" scholarships. The alumni associations choose the recipients in consultation with the Office of Financial Aid. No separate application is required. Scholarships are currently awarded by the Amherst Alumni Associations of Chicago, Connecticut, New York City, Northern California, Northern Ohio, St. Louis, Southern California, and Washington, D.C.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
Total Worth $4,000 a year
Details A federal program administered by the College. The program provides grants of as much as $4,000 a year to students with great financial need.


1,898 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Small
96% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
85% Students graduate within 6 years