Internationalization is vitally important to Amherst. Our programs prepare students for the realities of global interdependence.”
— Biddy Martin, 19th President of Amherst College

Amherst’s Students at a Glance


International students


Dual-citizenship students


Countries represented


Languages spoken


Students who study abroad


Students who graduate having completed a senior thesis


Classes with fewer than 30 students


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 41 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.


Amherst is among the country’s most diverse colleges. Our 1,898 bright, ambitious, high-spirited students come from all walks of life, from every U.S. state and 70 countries. Typically, 48% of our U.S. students identify as coming from traditionally underrepresented racial/ethnic groups and about 11% of our students are international. 

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 2022–2023, our average financial aid award for international students was $76,000 per year, and 80 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 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 offer merit or athletic scholarships.

Amherst Meets 100% of Calculated Need

Amherst provides financial aid to meet 100 percent of your family’s calculated 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, housing, meals, travel, health insurance, personal expenses, etc.) to find your family’s calculated financial need.


Demonstrated financial need met; no loans required


International students on aid last year


Average international financial aid reward, 2022-2023


Admission rate for Class of 2026

Where Does an Amherst Education Lead You?

93% of Amherst graduates in the Class of 2022 were either employed (80%) or attending graduate/professional school (13%) within six months of graduation.

Top Employer Industries (within six months of graduation) — Class of 2022

Healthcare, Management Consulting, Internet & Software, Investment Banking, Higher Education, Financial Services, Investment/Portfolio Management, Research, Non-Profit, K-12 Education

Sampling of Employers —
Class of 2022

  • Bain & Company
  • Microsoft
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Boston Children's Hospital
  • EY-Parthenon
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Accenture
  • Amazon
  • Credit Suisse
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google, Inc.
  • Yale School of Medicine
  • Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • Cognizant
  • Watson Foundation
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • New York Public Radio

Sampling of graduate/professional schools — Class of 2022

  • Duke University
  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Harvard University
  • University of California
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Washington
  • Boston University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • University of Essex
















** The following information represents outcomes data collected by the Loeb Center in accordance with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) standards.  Our knowledge rate was 89% for the class of 2022. Knowledge rate includes data collected through surveys, employers, staff, fellow graduates, LinkedIn profiles, or other online sources.

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Countries and Regions of Students Currently Enrolled

  • Afghanistan
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bangladesh
  • Bermuda
  • Brazil
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Korea, Republic of
  • Lithuania
  • Madagascar
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Sweden
  • Syria
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Türkiye
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Zimbabwe

For the 2024-25 Admission Cycle

Optional testing: SAT or ACT
Required testing (for non-native English speakers who have not had the most recent two years of school curriculum delivered in English): TOEFL iBT, TOEFL iBT Home Edition, Duolingo English Test, and IELTS Academic

Learn more about our application requirements...