Amherst College Ranking Profile

Founded in 1821, Amherst College is a leading private liberal arts college located in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Amherst is also a member of the Five Colleges, a consortium with nearby Smith, Mount Holyoke and Hampshire Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Notable Amherst alumni include: Edward Duffield Neill (first Chancellor, University of Minnesota, 1858-1861), Julius Hawley Seelye (fifth president of Amherst College), Henry Martin Tupper (founder of Shaw University), Francis Amasa Walker (third president of MIT, 1881-1897), William Jacob Holland (fifth Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh), Calvin Coolidge (Thirtieth President of the United States), David Bradford (former member of President's Council of Economic Advisors), Toshikazu Kase (Japan's first Ambassador to the United Nations), Charles H. Allen (first civil Governor of Puerto Rico), etc.

Ranking Profile:

- Amherst College is rated 2nd among Tier 1 National Liberal Arts Colleges by US News & World Report 2012.

- In 2009, Forbes ranked Amherst College as the top 10 (8th) college/university in the United States.

- It has the second-highest graduation rate of any institution in the United States, second only to Harvard according to a 2009 American Enterprise Institute Study.

- Ranked 1st in the 2009 Washington Monthly rankings.

- It has one of the lowest Acceptance Rates in the nation (with 14.8% in Fall 2008) according to the US News Top 100 Colleges for Lowest Acceptance Rates.

- Amherst College is rated 2nd overall in 2007 according to the fifth annual report by the National Collegiate Scouting Association, which ranks colleges based on student-athlete graduation rates, academic strength, and athletic prowess.

- Placed in the Top 20 among all colleges and universities in the nation for "Students Satisfied With Financial Aid," "School Runs Like Butter," and "Top 10 Best Value Private Schools" (The Princeton Review).

- 9th in a 2004 Wall Street Journal survey of the "feeder schools" to the top fifteen business, law, and medical schools in the country.

- According to The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education (Winter 2000/2001 edition), Amherst College is one of only five institutions with graduation rates of 90 percent or more.