Skip Navigation
College Navigator
College Navigator

Name of School

States (use map for more than 1 state)

use map
close
ZIP Code 
 
select

Programs/Majors

 0 Items Selected

Level of Award  help

Institution Type help

graphic
 
blank
waiting for map to load
Loading map...

IPEDS ID: 164465
OPE ID: 00211500
add to favorites
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:  1,795 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  8 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
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
12%
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 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty22324
Instructional22324
Research and public service00
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 year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees$44,610$46,574$48,526$50,5624.2%
Books and supplies$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,0000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$11,650$12,170$12,680$13,2104.2%
Other$1,800$1,800$1,800$1,8000.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$11,650$12,170$12,680$13,2104.2%
Other$1,800$1,800$1,800$1,8000.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other$1,800$1,800$1,800$1,8000.0%
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
On Campus$59,060$61,544$64,006$66,5724.0%
Off Campus$59,060$61,544$64,006$66,5724.0%
Off Campus with Family$47,410$49,374$51,326$53,3624.0%
close
This calculator uses estimated student expenses data to estimate the total tuition and fees charged over the duration of a typical 4-year program at this school.
1. Select starting academic year
2. Select tuition inflation rate
 
 

% (0-100 allowed)
  • The output is only an estimate and not a guarantee of the actual amount the student may be charged; it is not binding on the Secretary, the institution of higher education, or the State; and it may change, subject to the availability of financial assistance, State appropriations, and other factors. The student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible for, and receive, an actual financial aid award that includes federal grant, loan, or work-study assistance.
  • The estimated price does not include room and board, books and supplies, &c. (where applicable) and is based on previous years' tuition and fees data. Tuition and fees may vary by program. Please contact this institution for detailed price information.
  • Estimated yearly tuition and fees may not sum to totals because of rounding.
Estimate the total tuition and fee costs over the duration of a typical program.
 Multiyear Tuition Calculator
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
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 aid132068%————
Grant or scholarship aid29162%$13,719,301$47,145
Federal grants11224%$616,519$5,505
Pell grants11224%$539,519$4,817
Other federal grants7716%$77,000$1,000
State/local government grant or scholarships123%$30,624$2,552
Institutional grants or scholarships29162%$13,072,158$44,922
Student loan aid8017%$409,910$5,124
Federal student loans7115%$326,736$4,602
Other student loans153%$83,174$5,545
  • 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 aid11,11562%$49,867,551$44,724
Pell grants40423%$1,883,843$4,663
Federal student loans28116%$1,510,522$5,376
  • 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.
2012-20132013-20142014-2015
Average net price$16,550$14,687$16,861
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$1,936$3,700$3,953
$30,001 – $48,000$8,389$4,840$3,846
$48,001 – $75,000$10,016$10,759$12,559
$75,001 – $110,000$20,930$20,406$19,317
$110,001 and more$40,162$40,438$40,545
  • 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.
Net Price Calculator
An institution’s net price calculator allows current and prospective students, families, and other consumers to estimate the net price of attending that institution for a particular student.
Visit this institution's net price calculator
Fall 2015
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)1,795
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment20
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: 14%
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: 4%
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%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
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 (2015-2016): $60
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2015
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants8,5683,8824,686
Percent admitted14%15%13%
Percent admitted who enrolled39%39%40%
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 2015 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT25253%
ACT23549%
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 Reading680773
SAT Math680780
SAT Writing680770
ACT Composite3134
ACT English3235
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 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
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, 96 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2015.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 95%
Transfer-out rate: 2%
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 2007]
4-year: 89%
6-year: 96%
8-year: 97%
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 88%
6-year: 95%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2007 or Fall 2009
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 2009 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: 100%
Black or African American: 91%
Hispanic/Latino: 84%
White: 98%
Two or more races: 95%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 94%
Non-resident alien: 98%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
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, General5
Category total5
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African-American/Black Studies5
American/United States Studies/Civilization6
Asian Studies/Civilization12
European Studies/Civilization1
Women's Studies0
Category total24
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other6
Biology/Biological Sciences, General37
Neuroscience22
Category total65
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science22
Category total22
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, General3
French Language and Literature7
German Language and Literature2
Latin Language and Literature0
Russian Language and Literature0
Spanish Language and Literature6
Category total18
History
History, General38
Category total38
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Studies, General13
Category total13
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General26
Statistics, General0
Category total26
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other5
Category total5
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies9
Category total9
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy8
Religion/Religious Studies1
Category total9
Physical Sciences
Astronomy0
Chemistry, General17
Geology/Earth Science, General5
Physics, General5
Category total27
Psychology
Psychology, General33
Category total33
Social Sciences
Anthropology14
Economics, General69
Political Science and Government, General20
Social Sciences, General1
Sociology4
Category total108
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General17
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General1
Film/Cinema/Video Studies4
Music, General5
Category total27
Grand total471
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
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 10
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: $29,373
2014-2015 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III (with football) MenWomen
All Track Combined10699
Baseball34
Basketball1615
Field Hockey20
Football76
Golf1010
Ice Hockey2421
Lacrosse4528
Soccer3023
Softball16
Squash1516
Swimming16
Swimming and Diving24
Tennis1516
Volleyball14
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education(!)7/1/1929 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations020
Liquor law violations012
  • An individual was arrested and charged with minor in possession of alcohol along with other charges. It was missed in the 2012 report.
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations010
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible179
Rape9
Fondling3
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Incest0
Statutory rape0
Robbery000
Aggravated assault111
Burglary945
Motor vehicle theft010
Arson002
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible147
Rape7
Fondling1
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Incest0
Statutory rape0
Robbery000
Aggravated assault011
Burglary343
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson002
  • (!) 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.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • 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 Year201320122011
Default rate2.4%1.5%4.5%
Number in default326
Number in repayment123132133
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)