Amherst College

Mission Statement

Terras irradient LET THEM GIVE LIGHT TO THE WORLD. 1821 Amherst College educates students of exceptional potential from all backgrounds so that they may seek, value, and advance knowledge, engage the world around them, and lead principled lives of consequence. Amherst brings together the most promising students, whatever their financial need, in order to promote diversity of experience and ideas within a purposefully small residential community. Working with faculty, staff, and administrators dedicated to intellectual freedom and the highest standards of instruction in the liberal arts, Amherst undergraduates assume substantial responsibility for undertaking inquiry and for shaping their education within and beyond the curriculum. Amherst College is committed to learning through close colloquy and to expanding the realm of knowledge through scholarly research and artistic creation at the highest level. Its graduates link learning with leadershipin service to the College, to, and to the world beyond.

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Type Price
Undergraduate Tuition(approx.) Comprehensive fee (tuition, room and board): $75,800
Other Expenses Other student fees (student activities, campus center programs and residential governance): $1,000 Health insurance (may be waived): $2,358 Tuition insurance (may be waived): $118 (per semester) Books and supplies (estimated): $1,000 Personal expenses (estimated): $1,800 Travel/Transportation** (estimated; varies by location): $50-$2,500
Total Cost(approx.) $82,008 $84,458


Strong/Popular Majors Mathematics, General; Econometrics and Quantitative Economics; English Language and Literature, General; Research and Experimental Psychology, Other; and Political Science and Government, General
Location Amherst,, MA
Student Population 1,849
Student to Faculty Ratio 8 to 1
Acceptance Rate 13%
Graduation Rate 95%
Average GPA Requirements(4.0 scale) 4.07
Average SAT Requirements(new 1600 sat) 1480
Need Blind vs. Need Aware Need Blind
Ed vs. EA (Note: ED is binding and EA is non-binding) Early Decision


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Baseball Basketball Cross Country Football Golf Ice Hockey Lacrosse Soccer Squashj Swimming & Diving Tennis Track & Field Basketball Cross Country Field Hockey Golf Ice Hockey Lacrosse Soccer Softbal Squash Swimming & Diving Tennis Track & Field Volleyball


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