Amherst College

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition
$53,430
3.51% growth from 2016
2017 Average Net Price
$19,519
After Financial Aid
2016 Student Loan
1.49%
Default Rate
2017 Acceptance Rate
12.9%
9,285 Applicants
2017 Enrolled Students
1,836
100% Full-Time
2017 Graduation Rate
95.2%
438 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 (77 degrees awarded), Other Research & Experimental Psychology (56 degrees), and General Mathematics (53 degrees).

In 2017, 666 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Amherst College. 52.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 47.6% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (258 degrees), 2.66 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (97 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Amherst College is $53,430, which is $28,236 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Amherst College is $53,430, which is $28,236 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $19,519.

In 2017, 59% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 18% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$53,430
2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Amherst College was $53,430. The cost of tuition at Amherst College is $28,236 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

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Average Net Price

$19,519
2017 Value
2.44%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 Amherst College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $19,519. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Amherst College grew by 2.44%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,710
Room and Board
$1,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Amherst College was of $13,710 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of room and board increased by 3.79% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

59%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
18%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

59% of undergraduate students at Amherst College received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 3.28% with respect to 2016, when 61% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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1.49%
2016 Default Rate
2
Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Amherst College was 1.49%, which represents 2 out of the 134 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 9,285 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 10.6% annual growth. Out of those 9,285 applicants, 1,198 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 12.9% acceptance rate.

There were 1,836 students enrolled at Amherst College in 2017, and 33% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Amherst College has an overall enrollment yield of 39.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

12.9%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
1,198
Accepted Out of 9,285

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Amherst College was 12.9% (1,198 admissions from 9,285 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 13.7%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 10.6%, while admissions grew by 4.26%.

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SAT Scores

33%
Submission Percentage
157
Scores Submitted

33% of enrolled first-time students at Amherst College in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Amherst College has a total enrollment of 1,836 students. The full-time enrollment at Amherst College is 1,836 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 43.8% White, 14.3% Asian, 12.7% Hispanic or Latino, 11.4% Black or African American, 5.23% Two or More Races, 0.599% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0545% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Amherst College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (23.7%), followed by White Female (20.1%) and Asian Female (8.33%). 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 1,836 students. The full-time enrollment at Amherst College is 1,836 and the part-time enrollment is 0. This means that 100% of students enrolled at Amherst College are enrolled full-time compared with 80.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

97%
2017 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 97%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), 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
    804
  2. Asian
    262
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    234

The enrolled student population at Amherst College is 43.8% White, 14.3% Asian, 12.7% Hispanic or Latino, 11.4% Black or African American, 5.23% Two or More Races, 0.599% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0545% 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 54.9% White, 14% Black or African American, and 12.6% 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, 50 students (2.72%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 32 more women than men received degrees from Amherst College. The majority of degree recipients at Amherst College are white (258 degrees awarded). There were 2.66 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (97 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Amherst College is General Economics (77 degrees awarded), followed by Other Research & Experimental Psychology (56 degrees) and General Mathematics (53 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 (36 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (63 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (50 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 (171,102 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (145,432 people), Postsecondary teachers (124,851 people), Other managers (101,409 people), and Secondary school teachers (76,134 people).

The most specialized majors at Amherst College are Cultural & Gender Studies (36 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (63 degrees), Language & Linguistics (50 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (22 degrees), and History (31 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Amherst College are Chemists & materials scientists, Dentists, Surgeons, Sales managers, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Amherst College are Cultural & Gender Studies (36 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (63 degrees), Language & Linguistics (50 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (22 degrees), and History (31 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 (323,670 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (223,864 people), Legal services (110,992 people), Computer Systems Design (106,955 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (75,545 people).

The most specialized majors at Amherst College are Cultural & Gender Studies (36 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (63 degrees), Language & Linguistics (50 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (22 degrees), and History (31 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. 77 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 56 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 53 degree-majorss awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Amherst College was General Economics with 77 degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men
  1. 317
  2. 349

In 2017, 317 degrees were awarded to men at Amherst College, which is 0.908 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (349).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 51 degrees were awarded to men at Amherst College in General Economics, which is 1.96 times more than the 26 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 39 degrees were awarded to women at Amherst College in Other Research & Experimental Psychology, which is 2.29 times more than the 17 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

88%
100% Completion Time
95%
150% Completion Time

In 2017, 88% of students graduating from Amherst College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 95% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 96% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (97.6%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Amherst College is Female and White (97.6% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 6.16% of graduates (27 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    258 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    97 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    96 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Amherst College is white (258 degrees awarded). There were 2.66 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (97 degrees).

4.2% of degree recipients (28 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Male
    140 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    118 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    56 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Amherst College is white male (140 degrees awarded). There were 1.19 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 $2.25B, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $333M (14.8%), compared to the 7.76% average return ($2.88M on $37.1M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2017, Amherst College had a total salary expenditure of $195M. Amherst College employs 102 Professors, 72 Assistant professors, and 32 Lecturers. Most academics at Amherst College are Male Professors (62), Female Assistant professors(44), and Female Professors (40).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Amherst College are: Service, with 151 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 125 employees, and Management with 98 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$2.25B
2017 Endowment
10.6%
growth from 2016

Amherst College has an endowment valued at about $2.25B, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Amherst College grew 10.6% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $2.21B 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. $1.64M - Federal
  2. $108k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Amherst College received $1.64M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $108k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$72.6M
2017 Salaries
5.64%
growth from 2016

In 2017, Amherst College paid a median of $72.6M in salaries, which represents 37.3% of their overall expenditure ($195M) and a 5.64% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 7.98% decline from 2015 and a 6.15% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 14.2M (38.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$27.7M
Instructional Salaries
237
Number of Employees

In 2017, Amherst College paid a total of $27.7M to 237 employees working as instructors, which represents 38.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $8.01M (34.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
102 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
151 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Amherst College were Professor with 102 employees; Assistant professor with 72 employees; and Assistant professor with 32 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Amherst College were Service with 151 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 125 employees; and Management with 98 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Assistant professor
  3. Female Professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Amherst College was Male Professor with 62 employees, Female Assistant professor with 44 employees, and Female Professor with 40 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Amherst College.

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