Best Undergraduate Schools

Boasting one of the most substantial financial aid programs in the United States, Amherst College is an academic institution that takes great pride in its commitment to liberal arts studies, small class sizes, and diverse student body. Founded in 1821 in Amherst, Massachusetts, the college began as a place of learning for people who might not otherwise have had access to an education. Home to the world’s first intercollegiate baseball game, Amherst has evolved over the past two centuries to embrace and encourage the changing needs of different generations of students. No. 14 in 2017’s Vault Rankings of the Best Undergraduate Schools, Amherst maintains a commitment to social responsibility, inclusivity, and diversity.


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Student Body


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Average Test Scores Among Freshmen

  • 1492

    SAT Total

  • 742

    SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

  • 750

    SAT Math

  • 33

    ACT Composite

  • Fall Application Deadline:
    January 1
  • Fall Application Notification:
    April 1

Amherst College at a Glance

Amherst College

PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
(413) 542-2000
(413) 542-2040

  • Institution Type: Four-Year College; Private, Nonprofit
  • Degrees Offered: Bachelor's
  • Founded: 1821
  • On-Campus Housing: Yes
  • School Calendar: Semesters
  • Total Enrollment: 1,836
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 1,836
  • Undergraduate Retention: 96%
  • Total Full-Time Undergraduate Men Enrolled: 928
  • Total Full-Time Undergraduate Women Enrolled: 908

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