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About Amherst

Amherst College is a private, nonprofit school in a small town setting in Amherst, Massachusetts. Amherst was founded in 1821 and now enrolls around 1,745 students a year, including 1,745 undergrads. Amherst offers housing for students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Amherst! Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Amherst's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or 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.

Learn more about life at Amherst on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is January 3. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should hear from Amherst by April 1.

2021 Amherst Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 12%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 32%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 66%
Tuition $60,700

Is Amherst a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

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

Amherst Acceptance Rate 2021

It is extremely difficult to get into Amherst. Amherst admitted 12% of all applicants in 2021. In 2021, just 1,254 out of the 10,603 students who applied were accepted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Amherst

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Amherst, around 91% return for their sophomore year. Amherst's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 95%. 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 statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Amherst

Cost 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. First-year students that attend Amherst full-time are awarded $59,861 a year in financial aid, on average.

Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $21,772 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available 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! No one should ever pay to fill out 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, how does Amherst sound? Remember, the best school 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 College Located?

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

If you want to see 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 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

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


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Amherst ACT Scores


ACT Range

31 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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Estimated Chance

34 and Above


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Amherst is 33. Students with an ACT score of 34 and above have a good chance of getting into Amherst. Students with an ACT score that falls between 31 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 31 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Amherst SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1410 - 1530


Math SAT Range

710 - 790


Reading SAT Range

700 - 760

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Estimated Chance

1530 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Amherst students is 1466. Applicants with SAT scores of 1530 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Amherst, while applicants with SAT scores between 1410 to 1530 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1410 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 1,745 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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