Amherst College Admissions

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

Amherst College
Amherst College. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

Amherst is a highly selective liberal art college--the acceptance rate was just 14 percent in 2016. Applicants will need strong grades in challenging courses as well as SAT or ACT scores that are well above average. Amherst uses the Common Application, and the requirements include the Common Application essay as well as a writing supplement. 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.

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Admissions Data (2016)

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.

Academics are supported by a healthy 8 to 1 student / faculty ratio.

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 (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 62 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 56 percent
    • Loans: 17 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $47,517
    • Loans: $6,984

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: 1 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 86 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 93 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: