Amherst College

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$51,620

3.8% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$19,055

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

3.31%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

13.7%

8,396 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

1,849

100% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

93.5%

457 Graduates

About

Amherst College is a higher education institution located in Hampshire County, MA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Amherst College were General Economics (73 degrees awarded), General Mathematics (59 degrees), and Other Research & Experimental Psychology (56 degrees).

In 2016, 605 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Amherst College. 49.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 50.2% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (261 degrees), 3.22 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (81 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Amherst College is $51,620, which is $27,205 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($24,415).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Amherst College is $51,620, which is $27,205 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($24,415).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $19,055.

In 2016, 61% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 17% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$51,620

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Amherst College was $51,620. The cost of tuition at Amherst College is $27,205 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($24,415).

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Average Net Price

$19,055

2016 Value

13%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Amherst College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $19,055. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Amherst College grew by 13%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,210

Room and Board

$1,000

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Amherst College was of $13,210 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of room and board increased by 4.18% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

61%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

17%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

61% of undergraduate students at Amherst College received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a decline of 1.61% with respect to 2015, when 62% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

3.31%

2015 Default Rate

5

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Amherst College was 3.31%, which represents 5 out of the 151 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Amherst College received 8,396 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 2.01% annual decline. Out of those 8,396 applicants, 1,149 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 13.7% acceptance rate.

There were 1,849 students enrolled at Amherst College in 2016, and 52% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Amherst College has an overall enrollment yield of 41%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

13.7%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

1,149

Accepted Out of 8,396

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Amherst College was 13.7% (1,149 admissions from 8,396 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 14.1%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants declined by -2.01%, while admissions declined by -5.04%.

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SAT Scores

52%

Submission Percentage

243

Scores Submitted

52% of enrolled first-time students at Amherst College in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Amherst College has a total enrollment of 1,849 students. The full-time enrollment at Amherst College is 1,849 students and the part-time enrollment is 0. This means that 100% of students enrolled at Amherst College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Amherst College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 42.7% White, 14.1% Asian, 13.7% Hispanic or Latino, 11.6% Black or African American, 4.87% Two or More Races, 0.433% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Amherst College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (23.4%), followed by White Female (19.4%) and Asian Female (8.22%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

100%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Amherst College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,849 students. The full-time enrollment at Amherst College is 1,849 and the part-time enrollment is 0. This means that 100% of students enrolled at Amherst College are enrolled full-time compared with 81% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

96%

2016 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Amherst College was 96%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (74%), Amherst College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    790

  2. Asian

    260

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    253

The enrolled student population at Amherst College is 42.7% White, 14.1% Asian, 13.7% Hispanic or Latino, 11.6% Black or African American, 4.87% Two or More Races, 0.433% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 55.6% White, 14% Black or African American, and 12.4% Hispanic or Latino.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 60 students (3.24%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 3 fewer women than men received degrees from Amherst College. The majority of degree recipients at Amherst College are white (261 degrees awarded). There were 3.22 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (81 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Amherst College is General Economics (73 degrees awarded), followed by General Mathematics (59 degrees) and Other Research & Experimental Psychology (56 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Amherst College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Cultural & Gender Studies (41 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (63 degrees), and History (38 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Amherst College are Elementary & middle school teachers (180,907 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (136,531 people), Postsecondary teachers (130,026 people), Miscellaneous managers (111,693 people), and Secondary school teachers (73,408 people).

The most specialized majors at Amherst College are Cultural & Gender Studies (41 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (63 degrees), History (38 degrees), Language & Linguistics (32 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (13 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Amherst College are Physicians & surgeons, Real estate brokers & sales agents, Chief executives & legislators, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Credit counselors & loan officers

The most specialized majors at Amherst College are Cultural & Gender Studies (41 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (63 degrees), History (38 degrees), Language & Linguistics (32 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (13 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Amherst College are Elementary & secondary schools (327,335 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (226,983 people), Legal services (112,566 people), Computer Systems Design (104,192 people), and Insurance carriers & related activities (83,374 people).

The most specialized majors at Amherst College are Cultural & Gender Studies (41 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (63 degrees), History (38 degrees), Language & Linguistics (32 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (13 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Amherst College.

Most Common

  1. 73 degrees awarded

  2. 59 degrees awarded

  3. 56 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Amherst College was General Economics with 73 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 304

  2. 301

In 2016, 304 degrees were awarded to men at Amherst College, which is 1.01 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (301).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 46 degrees were awarded to men at Amherst College in General Economics, which is 1.7 times more than the 27 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 36 degrees were awarded to women at Amherst College in Other Research & Experimental Psychology, which is 1.8 times more than the 20 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

87%

100% Completion Time

94%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 87% of students graduating from Amherst College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 94% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 95% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Asian Female

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Amherst College is Female and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 6.13% of graduates (28 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    261 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    81 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    69 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Amherst College is white (261 degrees awarded). There were 3.22 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (81 degrees).

5.45% of degree recipients (33 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Male

    143 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    118 degrees awarded

  3. Asian Female

    44 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Amherst College is white male (143 degrees awarded). There were 1.21 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (118 degrees).

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Operations

Amherst College has an endowment valued at nearly $2.19B, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $124M (5.64%), compared to the 2.13% average return ($717k on $33.6M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2015, Amherst College had a total expenditure of $180M. Of that $180M, they spent $74.7M on salaries and $180M on benefits.

Amherst College employs 94 Professors, 70 Assistant professors, and 30 Associate professors. Most academics at Amherst College are Male Professors (56), Female Professors(38), and Female Assistant professors (38).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Amherst College are: Service, with 153 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 124 employees, and Management with 99 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$2.19B

2015 Endowment

2.06%

growth from 2014

Amherst College has an endowment valued at about $2.19B, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Amherst College grew 2.06% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $2.16B higher than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $2.71M - Federal

  2. $109k - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2015, Amherst College received $2.71M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $109k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$74.7M

Salary Expenditure

$180M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Amherst College had a total expenditure of $180M. Of that $180M, they spent $74.7M on salaries and $180M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

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Salary Expenditure

$74.7M

2015 Salaries

6.15%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Amherst College paid a median of $74.7M in salaries, which represents 41.5% of their overall expenditure ($180M) and a 6.15% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 7% growth from 2013 and a 3.93% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 13.3M (38.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$25M

Instructional Salaries

223

Number of Employees

In 2015, Amherst College paid a total of $25M to 223 employees working as instructors, which represents 33.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.52M (34%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

94 Employees

Service

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

153 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Amherst College were Professor with 94 employees; Assistant professor with 70 employees; and Assistant professor with 30 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Amherst College were Service with 153 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 124 employees; and Management with 99 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Female Professor

  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Amherst College was Male Professor with 56 employees, Female Professor with 38 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 38 employees.

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