Amherst College

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world rank  582

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University Overview

Founded in 1821, Amherst College is a non-profit private liberal arts higher-education institution located in the suburban setting of the large town of Amherst (population range of 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), Massachusetts. Officially accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, Amherst College (AC) is a very small (uniRank enrollment range: 1,000-1,999 students) coeducational US higher education institution. Amherst College (AC) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 201 years old US higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 10-20% making this US higher education organization a most selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. AC also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, as well as administrative services.

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University Identity

Acronym AC
Founded 1821
Motto Terras Irradient
Let them give light to the world
Colours Purple and white

University Location

Address Boltwood Avenue
01002-5000 Massachusetts
United States
Tel +1 (413) 542 2000
Fax +1 (413) 542 2040

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
Not reported
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
Not reported

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University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
New Admission Requirements - Secondary school GPA is recommended
- Secondary school rank is recommended
- Secondary school record is required
- Completion of college-preparatory program is recommended
- Recommendations are required
- Formal demonstration of competencies is recommended
- Admission test scores are recommended
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required
- Other Tests (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) are neither required nor recommended
Admission Rate 10-20%
Admission Office PO Box 5000
Amherst 01002-5000
(413) 542 2328

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Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 1,000-1,999
Academic Staff 200-299
Control Type Private
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Suburban
Religious Affiliation None

Carnegie Classification New

Basic Classification Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
2000 Classification Baccalaureate Colleges--Liberal Arts
Size & Setting Four-year, small, highly residential institution
Enrollment Profile Exclusively undergraduate four-year
Undergraduate Profile Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in institution
Undergraduate Instructional Program Arts & sciences focus, no graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program Not Classified (Exclusively Graduate Programs)

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to Amherst College's Library
Amherst College's library collection is comprised of both physical (i.e. books, medium etc.) and digital/electronic items. In 2018 the library has reported 886,435 physical volumes, 40,659 physical media, 103,844 digital/electronic medium and 312 licensed digital/electronic databases. Amherst College's library has 2 branches.
Housing Yes
Amherst College provides on-campus housing. The total dormitory capacity, whether on or off campus, was about 1,837 students in the 2018 academic year.
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Not reported
Academic Counseling Yes
Career Services Yes
Institutional Hospital Not reported

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Memberships and Affiliations

  • 568 Group
  • Five College Consortium
  • National Athletic Association (NAA)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

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