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IPEDS ID: 164465
OPE ID: 00211500
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Amherst College
Boltwood Avenue, Amherst, Massachusetts 01002-5000
General information:  (413) 542-2000
Website:  www.amherst.edu
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  1,785 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  8 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate Colleges--Arts & Sciences
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Navy)
Teacher certification
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Institution does not accept dual, credit for life, or AP credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty22522
Instructional21920
Research and public service62
Total graduate assistants-0
Instructional-0
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees$40,862$42,898$44,610$46,5744.4%
Books and supplies$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,0000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$10,660$11,200$11,650$12,1704.5%
Other$1,800$1,800$1,800$1,8000.0%
Off Campus
Room and board-$11,200$11,650$12,1704.5%
Other-$1,800$1,800$1,8000.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other-$1,800$1,800$1,8000.0%
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$54,322$56,898$59,060$61,5444.2%
Off Campus$41,862$56,898$59,060$61,5444.2%
Off Campus with Family$41,862$45,698$47,410$49,3744.1%
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Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid130265%————
Grant or scholarship aid26457%$11,222,626$42,510
Federal grants8017%$438,800$5,485
Pell grants8017%$379,800$4,748
Other federal grants5913%$59,000$1,000
State/local government grant or scholarships92%$5,850$650
Institutional grants or scholarships26457%$10,777,976$40,826
Student loan aid4911%$297,250$6,066
Federal student loans398%$187,071$4,797
Other student loans163%$110,179$6,886
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid11,10261%$45,821,215$41,580
Pell grants36320%$1,630,777$4,492
Federal student loans24013%$1,372,357$5,718
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2010-20112011-20122012-2013
Average net price$17,574$22,022$16,550
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$448$3,614$1,936
$30,001 – $48,000$929$6,248$8,389
$48,001 – $75,000$963$11,350$10,016
$75,001 – $110,000$3,256$16,818$20,930
$110,001 and more$27,120$43,743$40,162
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)1,785
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment13
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 100%
Part-time: 0%Student Gender:
Male: 50%
Female: 50%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 13%
Black or African American: 12%
Hispanic/Latino: 13%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 42%
Two or more races: 6%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 6%
Non-resident alien: 10%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 99%
25 and over: 1%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 12%
Out-of-state: 77%
Foreign countries: 11%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $60
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants7,9273,6014,326
Percent admitted14%15%14%
Percent admitted who enrolled41%43%39%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
RecommendationsX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2013 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT29463%
ACT19241%
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
NOTES:
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading670760
SAT Math680770
SAT Writing670760
ACT Composite3034
ACT English3135
ACT Math2934
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 98%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 97 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 96%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2005]
4-year: 87%
6-year: 96%
8-year: 97%
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 89%
6-year: 96%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2005 or Fall 2007
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 94%
Female: 97%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 100%
Asian: 96%
Black or African American: 90%
Hispanic/Latino: 95%
White: 97%
Two or more races: 96%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 98%
Non-resident alien: 92%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Architecture and Related Services
Architectural History and Criticism, General2
Category total2
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African-American/Black Studies20
American/United States Studies/Civilization6
Asian Studies/Civilization18
European Studies/Civilization4
Women's Studies4
Category total52
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other7
Biology/Biological Sciences, General36
Neuroscience19
Category total62
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science16
Category total16
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General42
Category total42
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature0
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General2
French Language and Literature20
German Language and Literature1
Latin Language and Literature0
Russian Language and Literature3
Spanish Language and Literature11
Category total37
History
History, General53
Category total53
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Studies, General14
Category total14
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General35
Category total35
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other6
Category total6
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies17
Category total17
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy15
Religion/Religious Studies8
Category total23
Physical Sciences
Astronomy1
Chemistry, General16
Geology/Earth Science, General9
Physics, General12
Category total38
Psychology
Psychology, General36
Category total36
Social Sciences
Anthropology17
Economics, General70
Political Science and Government, General47
Sociology19
Category total153
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General11
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General5
Film/Cinema/Video Studies3
Music, General20
Category total39
Grand total625
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III (with football) MenWomen
All Track Combined8897
Baseball32
Basketball1910
Field Hockey19
Football76
Golf108
Ice Hockey3018
Lacrosse4126
Soccer3028
Softball14
Squash1714
Swimming and Diving3430
Tennis2519
Volleyball11
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education(!)7/1/1929 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession100
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession100
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible141417
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)010
Robbery100
Aggravated assault011
Burglary6139
Motor vehicle theft100
Arson200
  • For 2011, Line C Sex Offenses was changed from 15 to 14 after an incident was found counted twice from another law enforcement agency. For 2010, Line C Sex Offenses was changed from 14 to 17 as additional reports were located, but had not been reported to the Clery Officer
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible131314
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary6113
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson100
  • For 2011, Line C Sex Offenses was changed from 14 to 13 after an incident was found counted twice from another law enforcement agency. For 2010, Line C Sex Offenses was changed from 13 to 16 as additional reports were located, but had not been reported to the Clery Officer
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201120102009
Default rate4.5%4.5%1.3%
Number in default662
Number in repayment133131147
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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