Amherst Facts

The Chronicle of Higher Education called Amherst College the “best of the best” for supporting low-income, high-talent students, citing a report from the New America Foundation.

Founded 1821
President Biddy Martin
Students (as of November 2013) 1,785
Full-Time Instructional Faculty More than 200
Active Alumni More than 21,500
Comprehensive fee (2013-14) $57,970
Financial Aid About 60 percent of students receive scholarship aid.
Average financial aid package (2013-14): $46,809.
Endowment (as of June 30, 2013) $1.824 billion
Endowment per student (based on Fall 2013 enrollment) $1,021,848
Library holdings

More than 1,517,000 volumes
More than 595,296 other media materials

Student Organizations More than 115
School Colors Purple and white
College motto Terras Irradient
(“Let them give light to the world”)

For more information about Amherst, see our Frequently Asked Questions, Common Data Sets and our Reports to Secondary Schools.

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Class with Professor Barales