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Amherst College

Amherst, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate7%

About Amherst

Amherst College is an elite liberal arts institution nestled in the picturesque New England town of Amherst, Massachusetts. Known for its rigorous academic programs and intimate class sizes, Amherst offers students the chance to explore their passions across a broad and diverse curriculum. Its open curriculum encourages intellectual curiosity and innovation. With a commitment to diversity, rich tradition of student activism, and exceptional faculty, Amherst cultivates a vibrant, collaborative learning community. 

Did You Know?

Amherst College is part of the "Five College Consortium" which includes Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. This allows Amherst students to take classes at any of these institutions, greatly expanding their academic possibilities.

Amherst College is a private, nonprofit college in the town of Amherst, Massachusetts. Amherst was founded in 1821. The college currently enrolls around 1,898 students a year, including 1,898 undergrads.

Amherst Acceptance Rate

It is extremely difficult to get into Amherst. The acceptance rate at Amherst is 7%. Out of 14,864 applications received in 2022, 1,079 students were offered admission.

Amherst College Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 7%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 32%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 41%

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Amherst Campus Tours

Amherst College is located in Amherst, Massachusetts,.

If you are interested in seeing Amherst for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 91 to Amherst, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Bradley International Airport.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Amherst College and Amherst are like without leaving home.

College Info

PO Box 5000 Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Campus Setting: Small Town

Amherst Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 3

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Amherst is Jan 3.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Amherst is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Amherst College is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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Amherst SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1450 - 1550


Math SAT Range

750 - 790


Reading SAT Range

710 - 770

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1550 and Above


1450 to 1550


1450 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Amherst students is 1497. Applicants with SAT scores of 1550 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Amherst, while applicants with SAT scores between 1450 to 1550 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1450 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Amherst.

Amherst Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Amherst is like? There are approximately 1,898 students enrolled at Amherst. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 15% percent are from MA and 85% percent of students are from other states.


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