Amherst College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Scholarships, and More

Amherst College
Amherst College. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

Amherst is a very selective school, only admitting 14 percent of those who apply. Students need high scores from their SAT or ACT. Neither test is preferred over the other, but test scores from at least one are required.

Amherst uses the Common Application, with an additional writing supplement for the school. Applicants must also submit a high school transcript, two letters of recommendation from teachers, and optional supplements including art portfolios, research projects, or athletic achievements.


Admissions Data (2015)

Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile

Amherst College Description

Located in a small town in Western Massachusetts, Amherst usually stands at #1 or #2 in rankings of top liberal arts colleges. It is also one of the most selective colleges in the United States, and of course, it made the lists of top Massachusetts colleges and top New England colleges.

Students can round out the Amherst course offerings with classes from the other excellent schools in the five-college consortiumMount Holyoke CollegeSmith CollegeHampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Amherst has an interesting open curriculum with no distribution requirements, and the college is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

The campus is a low-crime area. However, there have been nine rapes reported yearly from 2013 to 2015, with the majority being in on-campus residence halls. A small number of burglaries are reported each year.

Enrollment (2015)

  • Total Enrollment: 1,795
  • Gender Breakdown: 50 percent male / 50 percent female
  • 100 percent full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $52,476 (up 3.8 percent from previous year)
  • Books: $1,000
  • Room and Board: $13,710
  • Other Expenses: $1,800
  • Total Cost: $68,986

Amherst College Financial Aid (2014 - 15)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 68 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 62 percent
    • Loans: 17 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $47,145
    • Loans: $5,124

Academic Programs:

The most popular majors at Amherst are Biology, Economics, English, History, Math, Political Science, and Psychology.

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 98 percent
  • Transfer-out Rate: 2 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 88 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 95 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Squash, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

    Amherst and the Common Application

    Amherst College uses the Common Application. These articles can help guide you: