1. Founded: 1821
  2. President: Biddy Martin
  3. Location: Amherst, Mass., population 35,000, in the heart of the Pioneer Valley
  4. College motto: Terras Irradient (“Let them give light to the world”)
  5. Enrollment: 1,795 students from 49 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and 54 countries
  6. Demographics: 51 percent women, 49 percent men; 98 percent live on campus
  7. Student/faculty ratio: 8:1
  8. Fulltime instructional faculty: More than 200
  9. Average class size: 16
  10. Classes with fewer than 30 students: 90 percent
  11. Fields of study: 38 majors in the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences
  12. Student organizations: More than 115
  13. Average financial aid package in 2016-17: $51,775 (Amherst follows a no-loan policy for all financial aid recipients and is need-blind for both domestic and international students)
  14. Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 55
  15. Size of campus: 1,000 acres, including a Wildlife Sanctuary of about 500 acres
  16. Library holdings: More than 1,517,000 volumes and more than 595,296 other media materials, including 330,394 e-books
  17. Number of visits to the library each week: 10,000
  18. Performance spaces: Several, including Kirby Memorial Theater, Holden Experimental Theater, Webster Hall (with an audio lab, a design resource library and four performance studios) and Buckley Recital Hall
  19. Laboratory and computing space: Dozens of teaching and research laboratories, as well as a confocal laser, an ICP-mass spectrometer and an NSF-funded computational cluster with more than 124 processors
  20. Endowment: $2.19 billion, or $1.2 million per student
  21. Number of living alumni: 22,700
  22. Percentage of Amherst students who study abroad: more than 40
  23. Average distance from home of an Amherst student: 1,361 miles, or 2,091 kilometers
  24. Percentage of students who graduate within six years: 96
  25. First-year retention rate: 98 percent
  26. Percentage of U.S. students who self-identify as students of color: 44
  27. Percent of international students in the student body: 10
  28. Number of courses at Amherst: More than 850, with more than 6,000 available through the Five College Consortium
  29. School colors: Purple and white
  30. Farms on campus: One, the Book & Plow Farm, which produces high-quality organic vegetables while hiring student workers and interns
  31. Year The Amherst Student was founded: 1868, making it the oldest independent weekly college publication in the country
  32. Major building projects: The construction of a new science center, new dormitories and a landscaped walkway that will transform the east campus
  33. How to get the coolest dorm room: Through Lip Sync, an annual show in which students perform skits and dances set to popular songs, all to get the highest Room Draw Number
  34. Number of NCAA titles won: 76 Division III individual titles and 11 team championships (and our Athletics program is the oldest in the country)
  35. Alumni who have attended graduate or professional school: 80 percent (this is a self-reported number)
  36. Number of museums: four, the Emily Dickinson Museum, Folger Shakespeare Library, Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum

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