Students who study abroad
Students who graduate having completed a senior thesis
Classes with fewer than 30 students
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.
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.
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.
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 1,850 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.
Amherst provides no-loan financial aid packages; student loans have been replaced by additional scholarship funds.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.
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 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.
Demonstrated financial need met; no loans required
International students on aid last year
Average international financial aid reward, 2019-2020
Admission rate for Class of 2023
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.
(within six months of graduation)
Amazon, Bain & Company, BlackRock, Dana-Farber Institute, Goldman Sachs, Google, Morgan Stanley, NASA, Teach for America.
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