Amherst College

Quick Facts

One of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation.


Amherst, MA



Popular Majors

Economics, Biology, History, Psychology, English

Total Students

Undergrad Students



Undergrad Tuition

Room and Board




 Average Net Price *



Distance from Boston

School Website

70 miles


* Average Net Price is is the actual average cost to students for attending the college. This is calculated by adding the cost of attendance (tuition, fees and room and board where applicable) and subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship.

Amherst College is located in Amherst, MA. It was founded in 1821 and is widely regarded as one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation. The college is renowned for its committed faculty and rigorous academic life. It offers Bachelor of Arts degrees.

The school offers 36 fields of study with 850 courses in the sciences, arts, humanities, mathematics, computer sciences, social sciences, foreign languages, and classics. Several interdisciplinary fields including premedical studies are offered with an unusually open curriculum. Students are not required to study a core curriculum and may even design their own unique interdisciplinary major. Freshmen may take advanced courses, and seniors may take introductory ones.

Diversity, defined in its broadest sense, is fundamental to Amherst’s mission. The college enrolls students from nearly every state, from more than 40 countries, and across the entire economic spectrum. 

The school has 27 men's and women's sports teams, including soccer, tennis, golf, basketball, volleyball and softball. It also offers several club athletic teams, including rugby, water polo, ultimate, equestrian, mountain biking, crew, fencing, sailing, and skiing.

The college’s scenic 1,000-acre campus is near the center of the town of Amherst, about 70 miles from Boston, the epitome of a small college town. Public transportation is available via bus, shuttle and Commuter Rail to Boston and beyond.