Student Body

  • Enrollment: 1,898 students from 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 70 countries
  • Demographics: 52% women, 48% men; 97% live on campus 
  • U.S. students who self-identify as students of color: 48%
  • International students in the student body: 11%
  • Undergraduates in the Five College Consortium (which includes Amherst and four nearby schools—Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts): 31,000


  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1
  • Full-time instructional faculty: 209
  • Average class size: 19
  • Classes with fewer than 30 students: 85%
  • Fields of study: 42 majors in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences
  • Number of courses each term at Amherst: 400+, with more than 6,000 available through the Five College Consortium
  • Amherst students who study abroad as part of their Amherst experience: 45%
  • Students who graduate within six years: 92%

Admission Numbers, Class of 2026

  • Admission rate, all applicants: 7%
  • Pell Grant eligible: 22%
  • First-generation students: 16%
  • Finished in the top 10% of their secondary school class: 92%

Student Life

  • Student organizations: 150+
  • Number of NCAA titles won: 76 Division III individual titles and 11 team championships (and our Athletics program is the oldest in the country)
  • Alumni who self-report that they have attended graduate or professional school: 80%
  • Size of campus: 1,000 acres, including a Wildlife Sanctuary of about 500 acres
  • First-year retention rate: 95%
  • Students who live on campus during a typical academic year: 97%

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