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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
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  1,792 (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
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 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty22225
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-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 year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees$42,898$44,610$46,574$48,5264.2%
Books and supplies$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,0000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$11,200$11,650$12,170$12,6804.2%
Off Campus
Room and board$11,200$11,650$12,170$12,6804.2%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
On Campus$56,898$59,060$61,544$64,0064.0%
Off Campus$56,898$59,060$61,544$64,0064.0%
Off Campus with Family$45,698$47,410$49,374$51,3264.0%
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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, 2013-2014
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 aid131868%————
Grant or scholarship aid26657%$12,463,928$46,857
Federal grants11124%$573,416$5,166
Pell grants11124%$498,944$4,495
Other federal grants7516%$74,472$993
State/local government grant or scholarships133%$36,000$2,769
Institutional grants or scholarships26657%$11,854,512$44,566
Student loan aid8618%$560,057$6,512
Federal student loans7215%$326,825$4,539
Other student loans163%$233,232$14,577
  • 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 aid11,08461%$46,758,934$43,136
Pell grants39122%$1,744,350$4,461
Federal student loans28816%$1,504,971$5,226
  • 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.
Average net price$22,022$16,550$14,687
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$3,614$1,936$3,700
$30,001 – $48,000$6,248$8,389$4,840
$48,001 – $75,000$11,350$10,016$10,759
$75,001 – $110,000$16,818$20,930$20,406
$110,001 and more$43,743$40,162$40,438
  • 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 2014
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)1,792
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment17
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 100%
Part-time: 0%Student Gender:
Male: 52%
Female: 48%
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: 5%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 5%
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: 11%
Out-of-state: 77%
Foreign countries: 12%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
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 (2014-2015): $60
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants8,4773,8894,588
Percent admitted14%15%13%
Percent admitted who enrolled40%40%40%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2014 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  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 Reading670778
SAT Math680770
SAT Writing670770
ACT Composite3034
ACT English3135
ACT Math2834
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 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
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 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 94%
Transfer-out rate: 3%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
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 2006]
4-year: 86%
6-year: 95%
8-year: 95%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 87%
6-year: 94%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
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: 92%
Female: 96%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 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:
Asian: 96%
Black or African American: 88%
Hispanic/Latino: 96%
White: 96%
Two or more races: 92%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 94%
Non-resident alien: 92%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
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 Studies7
American/United States Studies/Civilization7
Asian Studies/Civilization14
European Studies/Civilization0
Women's Studies1
Category total29
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other11
Biology/Biological Sciences, General27
Category total54
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science18
Category total18
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General48
Category total48
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature0
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General6
French Language and Literature17
German Language and Literature1
Latin Language and Literature0
Russian Language and Literature2
Spanish Language and Literature4
Category total30
History, General32
Category total32
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Studies, General18
Category total18
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General11
Category total11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other4
Category total4
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies9
Category total9
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies3
Category total11
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General13
Geology/Earth Science, General11
Physics, General4
Category total29
Psychology, General34
Category total34
Social Sciences
Economics, General66
Political Science and Government, General30
Category total118
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General16
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General2
Film/Cinema/Video Studies1
Music, General7
Category total26
Grand total473
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 13
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $30,928
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III (with football) MenWomen
All Track Combined7796
Field Hockey21
Ice Hockey2521
Swimming and Diving3223
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education(!)7/1/1929 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations002
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations001
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible14179
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)100
Aggravated assault111
Motor vehicle theft001
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible13147
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault001
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) 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
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate1.5%4.5%4.5%
Number in default266
Number in repayment132133131
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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