Amherst College

247 reviews
  1. Amherst, MA
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    A-
Amherst College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New England Small College Athletic Conference
Address
Boltwood Avenue
Amherst, MA 01002

Amherst College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
14%
SAT Range
1350-1548
ACT Range
30-34
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended

Cost

Net Price
$14,687/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $3,700/ year
  • $30-48k
    $4,840/ year
  • $49-75k
    $10,759/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,406/ year
  • $110k+
    $40,438/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
8:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
100%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.19 responses
83%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.18 responses
22%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.18 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,792Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
24%
Varsity Athletes
31%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 8 responses
Report
  • Academic, passionate, open-minded
    88%
  • Critical thinker, disciplined, loving
    13%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
83%
of students say they don't have Greek life.12 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.22 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 10 responses
Report
  • Better than Williams.
    50%
  • Awesome.
    20%
  • You'll know everybody!
    20%
  • Awkward
    10%

After Amherst College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$56,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
94%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
82%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.11 responses

Reviews

247 reviews
  • Excellent
    64
  • Very Good
    96
  • Average
    74
  • Poor
    6
  • Terrible
    7
Amherst College no longer has official/off-campus-but-still-open-to-the-administration Greek life. There are a couple underground frats which still live together and throw parties, and their membership is generally known to most students, but they have no official events or organization. It's unclear how long they will last with this status. There are no sororities. Recently, a pilot program of five social clubs have been founded. These are basically co-ed fraternities that are directly controlled/funded by the college. The aim of these is to provide more social options for Amherst students and encourage students to meet people outside of particular interest/activity groups (BSU, GAP, orchestra, sports teams) while not letting them develop the apparent exclusivity of the former fraternities. Time will tell if these clubs improve social life at Amherst or just further increase the way that students here tend to categorize themselves and ignore potential relationships outside their existing groups.
  • College Sophomore
  • 9 months ago
About half the time, the menu for the day is actually not bad. Don't expect anything award-winning though. The biggest complain is that the dishes get repeated fairly often. Even if you don't like what they're serving, there's always a salad bar with a lot of fresh options and a deli. This year, dining services started implementing a program called Grab'N Go, which is a godsend! You pick up a packed lunch (they're always yummy!) and eat wherever. No waiting in super long lines during lunch rush hour. Also, there are TONS of great places to eat in town.
  • College Freshman
  • Mar 26 2013
Love It! Amherst is a great community of people (students, faculty and staff) who are all happy to be there and eager to make others feel the same way. I found a nuturing environment almost from the begining, in everything from the social sphere to athletics and academics. There is the occasional student who might not fit in entirely but for the most part the student body seems to have found their variable niches and settled into a happy educational experience at Amherst. I dred leaving campus even for a weekend visit home and miss it constantly when I'm not there, Amherst is really an absolutly great place to be.
  • College Sophomore
  • June 7 2012