Amherst College
#89 Overall Influence#26 Desirability Rank

Amherst College

Liberal arts college in Massachusetts

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]).

Admissions

What does this school look for?

Annual Applications

9,723

Acceptance

13%

Graduation Rate

93%

Median SAT Score

1430

Median ACT Score

32

Costs

How much does it cost to attend?

Tuition (in-state)

$55,520

Fees (in-state)

$906

IncomeAverage Net Cost
0-30K$7,276
30K-48K$10,802
48K-75K$13,764
75K-110K$20,960
110K+$44,238

After Graduation

Averages for 10 years after enrolling

Avg Earnings

$83,300

Employed

89%

Campus Life

What's it like to attend this school?

The People

Full time on-campus stats

Student Body

2K

Under-Grads

2K

The Campus

Where will you be attending?

Location

Boltwood Avenue, Amherst MA 01002-5000

On Campus Crime Rates

Property Crime

32 per 100k

Violent Crime

6 per 100k

City Crime Rates

Property Crime

6 per 100k

Violent Crime

2 per 100k

What is Amherst College known for?

Our answer to this is to show you the disciplines in which a school's faculty and alumni have had the highest historical influence. A school may be influential in a discipline even if they do not offer degrees in that area. We've organized two lists to show where they are influential and offer corresponding degrees, and where they are influential through scholarship although they don't offer degrees in the disciplines.

Top areas of influence with degrees offered

#38 World Rank #19 USA Rank
Sociology
#39 World Rank #24 USA Rank
Economics
#48 World Rank #26 USA Rank
Law
#56 World Rank #28 USA Rank
Literature
#93 World Rank #32 USA Rank
Earth Sciences
#46 World Rank #34 USA Rank
Political Science
#91 World Rank #48 USA Rank
History
#134 World Rank #48 USA Rank
Philosophy
#109 World Rank #60 USA Rank
Biology
#185 World Rank #69 USA Rank
Mathematics
#186 World Rank #70 USA Rank
Chemistry
#144 World Rank #71 USA Rank
Religious Studies
#139 World Rank #71 USA Rank
Anthropology
#123 World Rank #72 USA Rank
Psychology
#177 World Rank #96 USA Rank
Computer Science
#297 World Rank #107 USA Rank
Physics

Other areas of influence

#70 World Rank #60 USA Rank
Business
#78 World Rank #52 USA Rank
Education
#81 World Rank #63 USA Rank
Social Work
#87 World Rank #70 USA Rank
Communications
#115 World Rank #85 USA Rank
Criminal Justice
#171 World Rank #91 USA Rank
Medical
#250 World Rank #166 USA Rank
Nursing
#414 World Rank #164 USA Rank
Engineering

Influential People

Who are Amherst College's Most influential alumni?

Amherst College's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Sociology, Economics, and Political Science. Amherst College’s most academically influential people include Talcott Parsons, Carl Woese, and Joseph E. Stiglitz.

Talcott Parsons
Talcott Parsons

American sociologist

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Carl Woese
Carl Woese

American microbiologist and biophysicist

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Joseph E. Stiglitz
Joseph E. Stiglitz

American economist, professor, and recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics

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David Foster Wallace
David Foster Wallace

American fiction writer and essayist

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Dan Brown
Dan Brown

American author

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David Suzuki
David Suzuki

Canadian popular scientist and environmental activist

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George N. Gillett, Jr.

British businessman

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Richard Wilbur
Richard Wilbur

American poet

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Francis Amasa Walker
Francis Amasa Walker

Union Army general and a Commissioner of Indian Affairs

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James Merrill
James Merrill

American poet

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Edmund Phelps
Edmund Phelps

American economist

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James Boyd White

American legal scholar

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