Amherst College

Academic Highlights

  • Students can choose from 40 programs of study in the humanities, social sciences, arts, and sciences.

  • The student-to-faculty ratio is less than 8:1, and 86% of classes have fewer than 30 students.

  • Amherst offers an open curriculum, meaning students aren't restricted by general education requirements or distribution requirements. Amherst students have ownership over their own educational path. 

  • Through the Five College Consortium, students may access a much wider array of academic, extracurricular, and social resources at neighboring colleges (Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and UMass). 

  • All incoming first-year students take a First-Year Seminar, choosing from dozens of different topics.

  • First-year and second-year students considering careers in science may work as summer research fellows with faculty in an immersive laboratory research project.  

  • Amherst will open a state-of-the-art science research center in the fall of 2018.

  • Roughly 45% of students study abroad.

  • In the past five years, Amherst students and alumni have won nearly 70 Fullbright Scholarships, 11 Watson Fellowships, 4 Goldwater Scholarships, 2 Truman Scholarships, and have been frequent finalists for the Marshall and Rhodes Scholarships.