Using the U.S. Decennial Census

Amherst launches Sports Analytics initiative, seeking to leverage success of its “Moneyball” alumni

Submitted on Monday, 4/14/2014, at 3:47 PM

By Peter Rooney 

In the basement of Amherst College’s Alumni Gymnasium, men’s soccer coach Justin Serpone is on a mission to introduce students to the analytical side of college athletics, and continue building a pipeline from Amherst College to the business side of sports.Justin Serpone and Megan Robertson ’15

Not Like the Old Days

This fall, the college’s new chief information officer, Gayle Barton, put together an “IT Index” that begins to illustrate just how much has changed since Bennison’s days in the Computer Center. Here are some items from the index.

Percentage of applicants to the Class of 2016 who applied online: 99

Number of applicants without an email address: 1 (out of 8,461)

Percentage of the Class of 2016 who are members of their class Facebook page: 79, down from 99 percent four years ago

An Introduction to ProjectTemplate

John Myles White, a Ph.D student in the Princeton psychology department, wrote an indispensable package for R, ProjectTemplate, which I use for managing both trivial and complex R projects. 

The Record-Breaking Class of 2014

Applications received: 8,088*

Applications accepted: 1,240, or 15.3%

Members of the class: 490*

Self-identified students of color: 42%*

First-generation college students: 18%

Non-U.S. citizens: 9%

Languages spoken: 23

Receiving Amherst financial aid: 59%*

Most common names: Alexandra and Daniel

*A record high

Source: Amherst Office of Admission

Winter by the Numbers

The Class of 2013 by the Numbers

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    Applications received: 7,679
  • Applications accepted: 16 percent
  • Members of the class: 467
  • Countries represented: 24
  • States represented: 39 plus Washington, D.C.
  • Top three states represented: New York, M

Finding data and statistics

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