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
Our sports are very good, often winning national/conference championships, but games are typically not very well attended. I get the sense that people generally only go if they have a friend on the team or if it's a particularly important game (NESCAC finals, Williams game, homecoming). Socially, being on a team, varsity or club (particularly frisbee and crew), is generally very helpful, and a lot of teams seem to exclusively socialize with themselves or other athletes, leading to what some call an athlete-nonathlete divide. There's definitely certain areas of campus that are seen as where athletes hang out, or where athletes live. It will be interesting to see if the demolition of the Socials and decrease of suite-style housing will do anything to bridge that divide. On the administrative side, there's definitely been complaints about lack of funding for club and intramural sports, in which a lot of people participate, particularly when it comes to field time. Club sports are administered and funded by the student government, but people seem to think it would be better to consolidate all athletic activities under the athletic department. Overall, though, Amherst has many opportunities for students to get involved in sports at different levels, and it is easy to start a new intramural league for anything that isn't already available.
  • College Sophomore
  • 9 months ago
The physical condition of most dorms is great. They're well maintained, clean, and usually spacious. The furthest dorms from campus are still only about a 10 minute walk through a safe area. Furthermore, dorm RCs are, at least in my experience, helpful when you need them, but not too nosy or heavy handed. Generally, if you don't regularly make a mess, cause dorm damage, or disturb your hall mates, they will give you a pass on most things. Room draw can be a stressful process, especially if you have a big group, but the college seems to be doing all it can to streamline it and make it as fair as possible. I do think that many of the dorms are lacking in amenities, especially upperclassmen dorms. It seems a little basic to put things like water fountains and vending machines in all dorms. Some of the common rooms are also under furnished and not containing many incentives for students to gather there. Something like a ping pong table or foosball would definitely turn many common rooms into more of a social space rather than a place for one or two people to quietly study. Also, several dorms don't have elevators, so if you suffer an injury during the school year, good luck? Finally, the social atmosphere in dorms can be very hit or miss. Some freshman dorms (particularly when the whole building is sub-free) form close bonds and stay friends throughout their time at Amherst. Others (Pratt) seem to have trouble forming a community.
  • College Sophomore
  • 9 months ago