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Rank: 70

Amherst College

Amherst, MAwww.amherst.edu
Amherst, a traditionally top-ranked liberal arts school, has many qualities that set it apart among small elite colleges. Its graduation rate of 94% is 6% higher than expected for students with similar test scores and economic backgrounds, according to MONEY's evaluations. Unlike most top schools, which dictate a variety of basic classes that lower classmen must take, Amherst has no required courses apart from a first-year seminar emphasizing writing and critical thinking. A consortium with nearby schools University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith allows students to cross-register for courses for no additional fee. The college is recognized for its commitment to teaching and close interaction between professors and students and boasts an eight-to-one student-faculty ratio. With fewer than 2,000 students, Amherst's campus offers an intimate experience; 43% of its students venture farther afield by taking part in study abroad programs. In addition to its attractive 200-year-old campus, Amherst mantains a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary with wetlands, woodlands and more. Amherst also is one of a tiny group of schools that pledge to meet 100% of every student's demonstrated financial need. As a result, the majority of students -- approximately 80% -- graduate from Amherst without taking out federal student loans. Sports have always been popular on campus, especially competitions between Amherst and friendly rival Williams College. The annual football game between the two Division III schools is known as the Biggest Little Game in America, a hat tip to the "Big Game" played annually by rivals Stanford and UC-Berkeley. Williams has won more games overall (72-55), but Amherst has claimed victory in six out of the seven last match-ups.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$73,000
% of students who get any grants
61%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$20,500
Average price for low-income students
$6,200
admissions
Acceptance rate
14%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1460/33
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
1,945
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
100%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
0%
Average merit grant
$0
student success
Graduation rate
93%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$13,000
Average salary within 3 years
$60,200
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
46%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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