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Study at Amherst College

Amherst is in a town not far from a more urbanized area, in Amherst, MA. The school is classified as a private, not-for-profit college. Students at Amherst earn degrees up to the Bachelor's degree.

Course Topics

There are more programs of study at the school than you'll find at most colleges of similar size. The most common major fields study at Amherst include music, mathematics, art studies, drama and performing arts, and liberal arts.

Amherst Selectivity

The school does not admit all applicants. of people who applied to Amherst in 2007, 18% were accepted. The middle range of verbal SAT scores in 2007 was 670 to 770 for students at the school. While math SAT scores among applicants varied, those accepted commonly had scores between 660 and 760.


One indicator of school quality is the number of students per professor, and here Amherst does well in comparison to most schools. Some professors at the school are awarded tenure, allowing the school to retain good faculty members. Faculty salaries at Amherst are higher than most.

Student Enrolment

The school, in 2007, had 1, 683 students (1, 683 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

Amherst is not thought of as a commuter school, and many students live on campus or nearby. Dorm living is common. Amherst makes available student meal plans. Athletic teams at the school belong to the New England Small College Athletic Conference for major sports.

Amherst Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts240economics, English, political science, history, French language, Asian studies, Spanish language, African-American studies, . . .
Science45biology, geology, chemistry, physics, astronomy
Therapy and Counselling39psychology
Law20legal studies
Art Studies18art studies
Religion and Philosophy9religion, philosophy
Computer Science and Engineering8computer science
Drama and Performing Arts2drama

Contact: Amherst

Amherst College

Boltwood Avenue

Amherst, MA 01002-5000

General Phone: (413) 542-2000


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