Amherst College

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$59,890
3.9% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$18,832
After Financial Aid
2020 Acceptance Rate
11.8%
10,603 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
1,745
100% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
94.7%
444 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 Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (74 degrees awarded), General Mathematics (68 degrees), and Other Research & Experimental Psychology (55 degrees).

In 2020, 641 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Amherst College. 52.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 47.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (280 degrees), 2.92 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (96 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Amherst College is $59,890, which is $31,490 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Amherst College is $59,890, which is $31,490 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $18,832.

In 2020, 60% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 15% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$59,890
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Amherst College was $59,890. The cost of tuition at Amherst College is $31,490 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

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Average Net Price

$18,832
2020 Value
15.3%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Amherst College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $18,832. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Amherst College grew by 15.3%.

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Other Student Expenses

$15,310
Room and Board
$1,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Amherst College was of $15,310 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of room and board increased by 3.87% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

60%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
15%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

60% of undergraduate students at Amherst College received grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2019, when 60% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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0%
2018 Default Rate
0
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Amherst College was 0%, which represents 0 out of the 145 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 10,603 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 0.322% annual growth. Out of those 10,603 applicants, 1,254 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 11.8% acceptance rate.

There were 1,745 students enrolled at Amherst College in 2020, and 59% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Amherst College has an overall enrollment yield of 34.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

11.8%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
1,254
Accepted Out of 10,603

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Amherst College was 11.8% (1,254 admissions from 10,603 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 11.3%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 0.322%, while admissions grew by 4.94%.

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SAT Scores

59%
Submission Percentage
258
Scores Submitted

59% of enrolled first-time students at Amherst College in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Amherst College has a total enrollment of 1,745 students. The full-time enrollment at Amherst College is 1,745 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 40.4% White, 15.5% Asian, 14% Hispanic or Latino, 10.4% Black or African American, 7.05% Two or More Races, 0.573% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.172% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Amherst College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (20.2%), followed by White Female (20.2%) and Asian Female (8.65%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly 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 1,745 students. The full-time enrollment at Amherst College is 1,745 and the part-time enrollment is 0. This means that 100% of students enrolled at Amherst College are enrolled full-time compared with 80.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

91%
2020 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 91%. 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
    705
  2. Asian
    270
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    244

The enrolled student population at Amherst College is 40.4% White, 15.5% Asian, 14% Hispanic or Latino, 10.4% Black or African American, 7.05% Two or More Races, 0.573% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.172% 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 54.8% White, 13.8% Black or African American, and 13.4% 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, 30 students (1.72%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 29 more women than men received degrees from Amherst College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Amherst College is white (280 degrees awarded). There were 2.92 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (96 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Amherst College is Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (74 degrees awarded), followed by General Mathematics (68 degrees) and Other Research & Experimental Psychology (55 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 (48 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (81 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (18 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 Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (148,064 people), Postsecondary teachers (127,983 people), Secondary school teachers (126,854 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (112,577 people), and Other managers (106,949 people).

The most specialized majors at Amherst College are Cultural & Gender Studies (48 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (81 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (18 degrees), History (33 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (32 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 Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Other financial specialists, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, and Dentists

The most specialized majors at Amherst College are Cultural & Gender Studies (48 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (81 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (18 degrees), History (33 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (32 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 (322,976 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (224,157 people), Computer Systems Design (121,901 people), Legal services (113,113 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (68,104 people).

The most specialized majors at Amherst College are Cultural & Gender Studies (48 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (81 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (18 degrees), History (33 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (32 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. 74 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 68 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 55 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Amherst College was Econometrics & Quantitative Economics with 74 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

306
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
335
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 306 degrees were awarded to men at Amherst College, which is 0.913 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (335).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 51 degrees were awarded to men at Amherst College in Econometrics & Quantitative Economics, which is 2.22 times more than the 23 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 35 degrees were awarded to women at Amherst College in Other Research & Experimental Psychology, which is 1.75 times more than the 20 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

85%
100% Completion Time
93%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 85% of students graduating from Amherst College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 93% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 93% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Amherst College is Male and Two or More Races (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 3.6% of graduates (16 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

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

The most common race/ethnicity at Amherst College is white (280 degrees awarded). There were 2.92 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (96 degrees).

2.96% of degree recipients (19 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Male
    142 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    138 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    63 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Amherst College is white male (142 degrees awarded). There were 1.03 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (138 degrees).

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Operations

Amherst College has an endowment valued at nearly $2.57B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $167M (6.52%), compared to the 2.06% average return ($820k on $39.8M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2020, Amherst College had a total salary expenditure of $233M. Amherst College employs 100 Professors, 85 Assistant professors, and 38 Associate professors. Most academics at Amherst College are Male Professors (57), Female Assistant professors(45), and Female Professors (43).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Amherst College are: Service, with 161 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 133 employees, and Management with 95 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$2.57B
2020 Endowment
3.71%
growth from 2019

Amherst College has an endowment valued at about $2.57B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Amherst College grew 3.71% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $2.53B 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. $3.19M - Federal
  2. $98.5k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Amherst College received $3.19M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $98.5k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$97M
2020 Salaries
17.5%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Amherst College paid a median of $97M in salaries, which represents 41.7% of their overall expenditure ($233M) and a 17.5% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.29% growth from 2018 and a 7.95% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.4M (40.8% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$30.3M
Instructional Salaries
262
Number of Employees

In 2020, Amherst College paid a total of $30.3M to 262 employees working as instructors, which represents 31.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.78M (31%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
100 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
161 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Amherst College were Professor with 100 employees; Assistant professor with 85 employees; and Assistant professor with 38 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Amherst College were Service with 161 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 133 employees; and Management with 95 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Amherst College was Male Professor with 57 employees, Female Assistant professor with 45 employees, and Female Professor with 43 employees.

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

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