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Fast Facts

45% of Amherst students self-identify as students of color

Student Body

  • Enrollment: 1,849 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries
  • Demographics: 50% women, 50% men; 98% live on campus
  • U.S. students who self-identify as students of color: 45%
  • International students in the student body: 9%
  • Find detailed statistics about Amherst’s student body and more in our Common Data Sets.
8-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio


  • Student/faculty ratio: 8:1
  • Fulltime instructional faculty: 209
  • Average class size: 19
  • Classes with fewer than 30 students: 84%
  • Fields of study: 40 majors in the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences
  • Number of courses at Amherst: More than 850, with more than 6,000 available through the Five College Consortium
  • Amherst students who study abroad: 43%
  • Students who graduate within six years: 93%
Amherst College has a 13 percent admission rate

Admission Numbers, Class of 2021

  • Admission rate, all applicants: 13%
  • Admitted students who enrolled: 39%
  • Pell Grant eligible: 20%
  • First-generation students: 11%
  • Finished in the top 10% of their secondary school class: 83%
96 percent first-year retention rate

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: 96%
55 percent of Amherst College students receive financial aid


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Common Data Sets

Find detailed statistics about Amherst College.