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.

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Amherst College Admissions, Retention, and Graduation Information

Annual ApplicationsAcceptanceGraduation RateMedian SAT ScoreMedian ACT Score

How Much Does Amherst College Cost To Attend?

Tuition (in-state)
Price by Family Income
IncomeAverage Net Cost
0 - 30K$4,468
30K - 48K$4,459
48K - 75K$7,793
75K - 110K$21,718

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 BodyUnder-Grads

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 Sociology, Economics, and Law. Here are some of Amherst College's most famous alumni:

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

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