Amherst College

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Liberal arts college in Massachusetts

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About Amherst College

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Joseph Stiglitz ranks among our Top Influential Legal Scholars Today.

Amherst College was founded in 1821. It is a four-year, liberal arts college with an enrollment of over 1,850 undergraduates.

Amherst offers some 850 courses in 36 different academic disciplines. Among the most popular programs are those in mathematics, in economics, and in psychology. Amherst does not offer online courses.

Amherst is associated with six Nobel laureates:

Other distinguished Amherst connected individuals include the following:

Amherst is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) (formerly known as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges [NEASC]).

According to Wikipedia, Amherst College is a private liberal arts college in Amherst, Massachusetts. Founded in 1821 as an attempt to relocate Williams College by its then-president Zephaniah Swift Moore, Amherst is the third oldest institution of higher education in Massachusetts. The institution was named after the town, which in turn had been named after Jeffery, Lord Amherst, Commander-in-Chief of British forces of North America during the French and Indian War. Originally established as a men's college, Amherst became coeducational in 1975.

Amherst College Admissions, Retention, and Graduation Information

Annual Applications Acceptance Graduation Rate Median SAT Score Median ACT Score
10,603 12% 95% 1415 32

How Much Does Amherst College Cost To Attend?

Tuition (in-state)
Price by Family Income
Income Average Net Cost
0 - 30K $6,079
30K - 48K $4,423
48K - 75K $8,219
75K - 110K $24,193
110K+ $45,700

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

How Much Do Amherst College Graduates Make?

If you graduate from Amherst College, then you can expect to earn an average of $83,300 per year. You also have a 89% chance of being employed after 10 years.

Amherst College's Demographics

Demographic data is for full-time, on-campus students.

Student Body Under-Grads
1,991 1,991

Where is Amherst College?

Amherst College is located at Boltwood Avenue, Amherst MA 01002-5000

How Safe is Amherst College?

Amherst College has a violent crime rate of less than .01% and a property crime rate of less than .01%. Amherst has a violent crime rate of less than .01% and a property crime rate of less than .01%.

What Is Amherst College Known For?

Amherst College is known for it's academic work in the following disciplines:

Amherst College's Top Areas of Influence With Degrees Offered

Who Are Amherst College's Most Influential Alumni?

Amherst College's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Economics, Sociology, and Law. Here are some of Amherst College's most famous alumni:

Talcott Parsons
Talcott Parsons
An American sociologist.
Joseph Stiglitz
Joseph Stiglitz
An American economist, professor, and recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics.
Stephen Cole Kleene
Stephen Cole Kleene
An American mathematician and theoretical computer scientist.
Edmund Phelps
Edmund Phelps
An American economist.
Carl Woese
Carl Woese
An American microbiologist.
John Bates Clark
John Bates Clark
An American neoclassical economist .
Daniel Goleman
Daniel Goleman
An American psychologist & journalist.
Henry Ward Beecher
Henry Ward Beecher
An American clergyman and activist .
John J. McCloy
An American lawyer and banker .
David Foster Wallace
David Foster Wallace
An American fiction writer and essayist.
William H. Webster
A First Chairperson of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.
Dan Brown
Dan Brown
An American author.

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