Amherst College, located in Amherst, Massachusetts, may be a small college in a small town but it is considered to be one of the premier liberal arts colleges, not just in the state of Massachusetts, but in the entire United States.
Amherst College has a student body of 1,679, with more than half the number of students (868) being women. The college has a very good student to faculty ratio of 8 to 1, which is one of the factors that contribute to the students’ excellent academic performance as well as satisfaction (80% of alumni give contributions to the institution).
Admissions in Amherst College is highly selective with an acceptance rate of only 15% for the class of 2012. The test scores of admitted students are reflective of Amherst’s high standards with a median SAT I (Critical Reading and Math only) scores of 1340-1560 and median ACT scores of 30-35.
Amherst College offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in 34 majors including American Studies, Creative Writing Center, Geology, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Religion, and
Theater and Dance. Its degree programs have an open curriculum design which means that students can choose their own majors and mix and match courses. The only required classes are the first year seminars with 20 topics to choose from. As of now there are no online programs available.
The comprehensive fee for studying in Amherst College is $48,400, which includes tuition, mandatory fees, room and board and other charges. The high cost of study is no barrier to education in this institution though because it has earned reviews for having one of the best financial aid programs. Starting in 2008-2009 students are not even asked to take out student loans in order to pay for their education.
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