ic S/general/checkmark circled Thanks for subscribing! Be on the lookout for our next newsletter.
ic S/general/checkmark circled
Saved to My Favorites. View My Favorites
Colleges / Amherst College

Amherst College

Amherst, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate9%
Acceptance Rate9%

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 institution in the town of Amherst, Massachusetts. Amherst was founded in 1821. The college currently enrolls around 1,971 students a year, including 1,971 undergrads.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Amherst College

It is extremely difficult to get into Amherst. In 2022, Amherst accepted 9% of applicants. In 2022, 1,224 out of 13,999 total applicants were accepted.

Amherst College Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 9%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 24%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 35%

Click below to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics, majors and more.


Student Life


Tuition & Aid

Amherst College Community Forums

Save Amherst To Your College List

Click the heart icon in the top left to save Amherst to the list of schools you're interested in applying to.

Interested In Schools in Massachusetts?

See a full list of colleges in Massachusetts and save your favorites to your college list.

Go See Amherst

Amherst College is locatedin Amherst, Massachusetts,.

If you want 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 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 2

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Amherst is Jan 2.

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.

Learn More

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

Tuition & Fees


In State


Cost Breakdown
In State
State Tuition

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.


Full Time


Part Time


In State



Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment


Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate


Tuition and Fees

In State




Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 2
Do You Work at a University?

Claim your page to customize your profile and connect with students!

Claim Free Account
Scholarship Tips

Want to find money for school that doesn’t need to be paid back? Access insights and advice on how to search and apply for scholarships!

Find Scholarships
Need Advice or Have a Question About Amherst?

Connect with the world's largest college forum for candid, authentic discussion.

Join the Conversation