Originally suggested as a replacement for Williams College, which was struggling to stay open, Amherst College was founded in 1821 and has thrived ever since; becoming one of the perennial competitive liberal arts colleges in the United States. It is nicknamed the “singing college” for its multiple a cappella and singing groups, the oldest of which is the Glee club.
Thought to house the oldest athletic program in the nation, dating back to 1860, most students are active in athletics on the intercollegiate or intramural levels. Amherst prides itself on its dedication to rigorous student-professor interaction and quality teaching while sporting an “open curriculum” that does away with most core requirements in favor of a student-driven undergraduate experience.
It also collaborates with nearby schools in the ‘Five College Consortium’ allowing students to bus between nearby colleges and universities to take classes at no extra cost. One of the few institutions in the United States dedicated to need-blind admission both domestically and internationally, Amherst competes with Harvard, Princeton and Yale for the world’s best and brightest.
|Admissions Phone||413 542-2328|
|Codes||SAT: 3003 ACT: 1774 FAFSA: 002115 CSS Profile: 3003|
|Location||Amherst, Massachusetts: Large town 90 miles from Boston.|
|College Type||Private (nonprofit)|
|College Newspaper||The Amherst Student|
|Enrollment||~2,000 undergraduate students|
|Popular Programs||Social Sciences, English, Foreign Languages|
|Student Life||With over 150 student organizations from the medieval sword-fighting club to a club dedicated to random acts of kindness, an abundance of athletic activities and singing groups to choose from and a rigorous academic program Amherst students remain occupied and satisfied for the four years they spend in college.|
|International||~16% of undergrads; TOEFL: Recommended; SAT or ACT: Required; Financial Aid Available|
|Crossover||Dartmouth, Brown, Williams, Wesleyan|
|Other||Most Selective (<15% admitted), Early Decision, Common Application|
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