Amherst College

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#56, overall score 59.75/100

Fun Fact:

In addition to a diploma, each Amherst graduate receives a cane, to symbolize the way that the college will support graduates throughout their lives.

CAMPUS INFORMATION

  • Location: Amherst, Mass.
  • Region: New England
  • Campus type: College town
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 1,849
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 180
  • Jewish population share: 10%
  • Student origin: 14% in-state / 86% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Amherst Student
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Mammoths
  • Ultimate Frisbee team names: Army of Darkness / Sparkle Motion

COST & AID Score: 12.5/15

  • Score: 12.5/15
  • Tuition: $54,310
  • Room & board costs: $14,190
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $52,482
  • Average loan debt: $19,075
  • Starting median salary: $60,200

ACADEMICS Score: 20/20

  • Score: 20/20
  • Acceptance rate: 13%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 7.5:1
  • Median SAT range: 1430-1560
  • Jewish Studies program: No
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 10/20

  • Score: 10/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 10
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: None
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: No
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 10/11

  • Score: 10/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 10.28/1,000 students (high)
  • City crime rate: 8.16/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 7.25/34

  • Score: 7.25/34
  • Hillel: Amherst College Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad at the Four Colleges
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: No
  • Jewish sororities: No
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 2 (1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Joseph Stiglitz

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