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Amherst College

Amherst, MA 4-Year Private
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About Amherst

Amherst College Overview

Amherst College is a private, nonprofit school in the small town setting of Amherst, Massachusetts. Amherst was founded in 1821 and enrolls 1,971 undergrads and no graduate students. Amherst ensures housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2023 is January 2. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by April 1.

Student Activities at Amherst

Are you interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Amherst's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Amherst students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

There are no fraternities or sororities at Amherst, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? Amherst has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Amherst on the Student Life page.

2022 Amherst Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 9%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 24%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 35%
Tuition $63,500
Percent of Need Met 100%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $62,236

Is Amherst a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can provide a sense of how competitive a university is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better idea of what Amherst offers and if the college could be a good fit for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Amherst College

Amherst is extremely difficult to get into. Amherst admitted 9% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 13,999 applications received in 2022, 1,224 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Amherst

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It guages how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 98% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Amherstcome back their sophomore year. Amherst's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 92%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for Amherst Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Amherst by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with Amherst directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Amherst

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Amherst meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $62,236 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $16,405 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Amherst.

Based on this information, is Amherst the school for you? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Amherst a good school for you?

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Where is Amherst?

Amherst is located in the small town setting of Amherst, Massachusetts.

If you would like to see Amherst for yourself, be sure to 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 and Amherst are like without leaving home.

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College Info

PO Box 5000 Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Campus Setting: Small Town

Amherst Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

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 ACT Scores


ACT Range

32 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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Estimated Chance

35 and Above


32 to 35


32 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Amherst is 34. Students with an ACT score of 35 and above have a good chance of getting into Amherst. Students with an ACT score that falls between 32 and 35 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 32 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Amherst SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1440 - 1540


Math SAT Range

720 - 790


Reading SAT Range

720 - 780

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1540 and Above


1440 to 1540


1440 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Amherst students is 1470. Applicants with SAT scores of 1540 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Amherst, while applicants with SAT scores between 1440 to 1540 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1440 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 1,971 students enrolled at Amherst. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 14% percent are from MA and 86% percent of students are from other states.


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