President Biddy Martin, wearing glases, smiles while sitting in front of a window Internationalization is vitally important to Amherst. Our programs prepare students for the realities of global interdependence.”
— Biddy Martin, President of Amherst College

Amherst’s Students at a Glance

10%

International students

6%

Dual-citizenship students

58

Countries represented

60+

Languages spoken

45%+

Students who study abroad

40%

Students who graduate having completed a senior thesis

88%

Classes with fewer than 30 students

150+

Student organizations

Located in scenic western Massachusetts, Amherst College is one of the premier, highly selective liberal arts colleges in the United States.

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Discover What Makes Amherst Distinctive

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Explore Our Majors

Amherst offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in 40 majors in the arts, sciences, social sciences and humanities. Students can carry more than one major, create their own interdisciplinary major or engage in independent scholarship.

Open Curriculum

Amherst College offers an open curriculum: There are no distribution requirements, so our students can focus on the courses that are most interesting to them. This allows each student, in consultation with faculty advisors, to chart an individualized program from among the more than 850 courses offered at Amherst.

Small Classes and Approachable Faculty

With an average class size of 19 students, and a student-faculty ratio of 7-to-1, Amherst faculty are committed to their students’ success. They work with students from the first year through graduation—and often beyond—to choose courses, conduct research and make career decisions.

Five College Consortium

Amherst is a member of the Five College Consortium, along with nearby Smith, Mount Holyoke and Hampshire Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students may take courses at any of the Five Colleges, and the schools’ proximity (within a 10-mile/16-kilometer radius) adds to Amherst’s rich academic, social and extracurricular life.

Diversity

Amherst is among the country’s most diverse colleges. Our 1,850 bright, ambitious, high-spirited students come from all walks of life, from almost every U.S. state and 58 countries. A full 45 percent of our U.S. students identify as coming from traditionally underrepresented racial/ethnic groups. About 10 percent of our students are international.


Juan Guaracao
JUAN GUARACAO
Bogota, Colombia
Mathematics
Daniella Bennett
DANIELLA BENNETT
London, United Kingdom
Math and French
Kieran Bellew
KIERAN BELLEW
Invercargill, New Zealand
Computer Science and Asian Civilizations & Languages

Nayareh Doosti
NAYEREH DOOSTI
Shiraz, Iran
Asian Languages & Civilizations and English

Asia 44%, Africa 16%, Europe 17%, Central and South America and Caribbean 13%, Canada 6%, Middle East 4%

Geographic Distribution of International
Students

Elijah Koome
ELIJAH KOOME
Maua, Kenya
English and Black Studies

Jade Loh
JADE LOH
Singapore, Singapore
Political Science and Art History
Trisha Iyengar
TRISHA IYENGAR
Mumbai, India
Economics, Five College International Relations Certificate
Yuanzhe Liu
YUANZHE LIU
Wuhan, China
History and Mathematics

Admission and Financial Aid

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No Loans Required

Amherst provides no-loan financial aid packages; student loans have been replaced by additional scholarship funds.

In 2019–2020, our average financial aid award for international students was $69,434 per year, and 82 percent of our current international students received need-based aid.

Need-Blind for All Applicants

Amherst is one of only a handful of U.S. institutions (and the only liberal arts college) committed to need-blind evaluation of ALL applicants, domestic and international. That means that your need for financial aid will not negatively affect your chances of admission.

Amherst follows a need-based financial aid policy. All financial aid is awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need; we do not award merit or athletic scholarships.

Amherst Meets 100% of Demonstrated Need

Amherst provides financial aid to meet 100 percent of your family’s demonstrated financial need. If you are admitted—based on your merit and accomplishments—Amherst will review your family’s financial circumstances and use a “need analysis” formula to determine what you and your family can afford to pay (called your “family contribution”). Amherst subtracts your family contribution from our total cost of attendance (tuition, room, board, travel, health insurance, personal expenses, etc.) to find your family’s demonstrated financial need.

100%

Demonstrated financial need met; no loans required

82%

International students on aid last year

$69,434

Average international financial aid reward, 2019-2020

11%

Admission rate for Class of 2023

Where Does an Amherst Education Lead You?

95% of Amherst graduates in the Class of 2019 were either employed (82%), attending graduate/professional school (12%) or volunteering (1%) within six months of graduation.

80% of Amherst alumni report attending graduate or professional schools within five years of graduation.

Employment by Industry —
Class of 2019

(within six months of graduation)

  • Education Professions 19%
  • Financial Services 19%
  • Business & Consulting 17%
  • Science & Technology 15%
  • Healthcare & Public Health 13%
  • Arts & Communications 7%
  • Government & Non-Profit 7%

Sampling of graduate/professional schools — Class of 2019

  • Columbia University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • Yale University

Sampling of Employers — Class of 2019

Amazon, Bain & Company, BlackRock, Dana-Farber Institute, Goldman Sachs, Google, Morgan Stanley, NASA, Teach for America.

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Countries and Regions of Students Currently Enrolled

  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Ethiopia
  • France
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong SAR.
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Latvia
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Zimbabwe

For the 2020-21 Admission Cycle

Optional testing: SAT or ACT
Required testing (for non-native English speakers): TOEFL, iBT, IELTS, TOEFL Special Home Edition, TOEFL Paper-Delivered, TOEFL ITP for China, or IELTS Indicator

Learn more about our application requirements...