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  • 88% of the students are from outside the state of Massachusetts
  • 9% of the students are from outside the US

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  • Amherst is a small liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts, which is located 90 miles from Boston, and 150 miles from New York City. Map.
  • Amherst enrolls approximately 1,800 undergraduate students. 
  • Amherst is part of the Five College Consortium in which Amherst students can also take classes at the four neighboring colleges: Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 
  • Amherst follows a need-blind financial aid policy to meet the full demonstrated need of every admitted student.
  • Amherst is among only a handful of colleges and universities in the country that do not require their students to acquire student loan debt in order to pay for their undergraduate educations.

Socio-economic Diversity

  • 23% of students who applied for financial aid at Amherst have family incomes below $60,000.
  • 20% of students at Amherst receive Federal Pell Grants, which mostly go to students whose family incomes are below $40,000.
  • 14% of students in the Class of 2015 are the first member of their family to attend a four-year college.

Racial Diversity
African American 13%
Asian American 14%
Caucasian 41%
Hispanic 13%
International 11%
Multiracial 4%
Native American 1%
Not Reported 2%


Gender Ratio
Female 51%
Male 49%



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    School Profile

    Campus Setting

    • Suburban
    • Town population: 38,000


    • 1,817 undergraduates
    • 463 freshmen


    • 13.7% applicants admitted
    • 83% in top 10% of HS class
    • SAT CR Mean: 717
    • SAT M Mean: 716
    • SAT W Mean: 715
    • ACT Mean: 32

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