Founded in 1821, Amherst College enjoys a reputation as one of the finest educational institutions in the US.

An undergraduate, residential, liberal arts college of 1850 students from over 55 countries, Amherst is located in western Massachusetts, 150 km/90 miles west of Boston and 260 km/160 miles north of New York City. With an emphasis on small classes (average class size of 16), close contact with faculty (student-faculty ratio of 7 to 1) and extensive undergraduate research opportunities, we award the bachelor’s degree in 41 areas of study and students can also create their own interdisciplinary majors.

We are need-blind in our admission of all students (US and international) and our generous need-based financial aid policies support our commitment to broad diversity across national, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic dimensions.

Our open curriculum affords students unusual freedom of choice to study a wide range of courses across the breadth and depth of academic disciplines (sciences, humanities, arts) and, through our membership in the Five College Consortium, Amherst students may also take courses at Smith, Mount Holyoke and Hampshire Colleges, as well as the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


Basic details

  • Region: Northeast
  • Location: Amherst, Massachussetts
  • Campus setting: Rural
  • Type of institution: Liberal Arts College

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of applicants admitted: 9%
  • Average ACT range: 32-35
  • Average SAT range: 1440-1560 
  • Test optional? Yes
  • Common Application accepted? Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Anthropology; Area Studies; Art History; Arts; Astronomy; Biology; Biochemistry; Biophysics; Chemistry; Computer Science; Creative Writing; Dance; Drama/Theatre Arts; Economics; Ethnic/Cultural Studies; English; Environmental Sciences; Film/Cinema Studies; Gender Studies; Geology; History; Humanities; International Relations; Languages; Liberal Arts; Mathematics; Music; Neuroscience; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Statistics; Theology/Religion
  • Full list of majors available:


  • International students are eligible for: Need based aid
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $77,260


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division III
  • Varsity sports: Men's American Football; Men's Baseball; Women's Softball; Men's Basketball; Women's Basketball; Women's Field Hockey; Men's Football / Soccer; Women's Football / Soccer; Men's Golf; Women's Golf; Men's Ice Hockey; Women's Ice Hockey; Men's Lacrosse; Women's Lacrosse; Men's Rowing; Women's Rowing; Men's Swimming and Diving; Women's Swimming and Diving; Men's Tennis; Women's Tennis; Women's Volleyball

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