Amherst, Massachusetts (MA) Colleges and Universities

While there are only 3 schools in Amherst, there are 25 schools located within a 25-mile radius. Learn more about some of these schools to decide if there is one in the Amherst area that offers what you are looking for in a college or university.

Students who want to study in central Massachusetts may want to consider one of the schools in and around Amherst. Here, you can get information on some of these schools, based on data collected by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Closest Schools to Amherst, Massachusetts

There are two small private colleges and one large public university in Amherst, Massachusetts. Two small women's colleges are only a short distance away.

  • Amherst College (0.0 miles)
  • Hampshire College (0.0 miles)
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst (2.5 miles)
  • Smith College (8.0 miles)
  • Mount Holyoke College (10.3 miles)

Largest Schools Near Amherst, Massachusetts

There is only one large university in the Amherst area. The next four largest schools are small-to-midsize institutions. Check out their student population sizes here.

  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst (28,635 students)
  • Springfield Technical Community College (6,622 students)
  • Holyoke Community College (6,604 students)
  • Westfield State University (6,321 students)
  • Western New England University (3,922 students)

Lowest Net Price

Individuals interested in finding the most affordable Amherst-area schools can compare their net prices. The NCES finds this figure by subtracting the average amount of financial aid from the total cost of attendance for full-time undergraduate students. Data presented here are from the 2014-2015 school year.

  • Holyoke Community College ($6,914 per year)
  • Springfield Technical Community College ($7,997 per year)
  • Greenfield Community College ($9,136 per year)
  • Westfield State University ($15,203 per year)
  • Amherst College ($16,861 per year)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES reports on graduation rates based on the number of full-time undergraduate students who complete their programs within 150% of 'normal' time. Prospective students who are particularly concerned about finishing on time may be interested in one of the five schools below, which had the highest graduation rates in the Amherst area for students finishing in 2015.

  • Amherst College (95%)
  • Smith College (87%)
  • Mount Holyoke College (85%)
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst (78%)
  • Springfield College (72%)

In summary, by evaluating information on location, student population size, net price, and graduation rate, you may be able to decide whether a school near Amherst fulfills your educational requirements.

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