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Amherst College



Amherst College
P.O. Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000


Founded in 1821, Amherst College is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian liberal arts college. Accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools, this Massachusetts liberal arts college seeks to provide talented students with intellectual freedom and leadership skills.

Students at Amherst College can choose from more than 30 majors in the arts, sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Amherst College offers a unique "open curriculum" in which students can design their own program and are not required to complete a pre-determined core curriculum. Freshmen choose from more than 20 first-year seminars to introduce them to interdisciplinary learning. Amherst College is part of a consortium that includes nearby Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst; students have access to courses and resources on these campuses as well.

Amherst College is an NCAA Division III school with more than 25 teams competing at the varsity level. Students can also participate in more than 140 organizations on campus, including performance groups, club sports, student media, academic groups, and community service.

Quick Facts:

  • More than 1,600 students are enrolled at Amherst College, with a student-to-faculty ratio of about 8:1.

  • Ninety-eight percent of Amherst College students live on campus.

  • More than half of all students receive financial aid; the average aid package totals more than $35,000.

  • More than 30 percent of students participate in varsity sports, and 80 percent compete in club and intramural sports.

  • Amherst College is highly selective; in the Class of 2011, fewer than 20 percent of applicants were accepted into the college.
  • This school profile has been compiled and updated by The CollegeBound Network. The school is not affiliated with The CollegeBound Network and shall not be considered a sponsor of this program.

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