Amherst College is a private liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts, United States. Amherst is an exclusively undergraduate four-year institution,and enrolled 1,744 students in the fall of 2009. Students choose courses from 35 major programs, in an unusually open curriculum.
Founded in 1821 as an attempt to relocate Williams College by its President Zephaniah Swift Moore, Amherst is the third oldest institution of higher education in Massachusetts. Amherst remained a men’s college until becoming coeducational in 1975.
Amherst has historically had close relationships and rivalries with Williams College and Wesleyan University which form the Little Three colleges and is a member of the Five College Consortium.
Amherst College was founded in 1821, Amherst College developed out of the secondary school Amherst Academy. The college was originally suggested as an alternate to Williams College, which was struggling to stay open. Although Williams remained open, Amherst was formed and diverged from its Williams roots into an individual institution.
When we calculate an aid award, we use a student expense budget that includes both direct charges and out-of-pocket expenses. In 2010-11, the budget includes:
Comprehensive fee (tuition, room and board): $50,820
Other student fees (student activities, campus center programs and residential governance): $702
Health insurance (estimate; may be waived): $1,212
Books and supplies (estimate): $1,000
Personal expenses (estimate): $1,800
Travel (estimate; varies by location): $50-$2,000
|Anthropology and Sociology*||German|
|Art and the History of Art||History|
|Asian Languages and Civilizations||Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought|
|Biochemistry and Biophysics||Music|
|European Studies||Theater and Dance|
|Film and Media Studies||Women’s and Gender Studies|