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Amherst Admissions

If you want to apply to Amherst, the regular decision application deadline is January 3 and the fee for the application costs $65. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Considering Applying Early to Amherst?

Amherst College offers early decision but not early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

The early decision acceptance rate at Amherst is 32%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 12%. Last year,, Amherst admitted 190 of the 598 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is Amherst Hard To Get Into?

Amherst is aextremely difficult school to get into. Amherst evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Amherst **accepted 12% of students, around 1,254 of the 10,603 students who applied.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like Amherst, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT. In 2021, Amherst waitlisted 1,640 students. Of those, 1081 eventually received an admissions offer.

What Does Amherst Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Amherst

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Important
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Important

Amherst 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Amherst must submit the following items. Double check with Amherst's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements Amherst College Supplement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Amherst?

Out of all students that were admitted, 32% submitted a class rank. At Amherst 85% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 96% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Amherst College, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 32%

Amherst is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 66% of Amherst's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 45% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Amherst?

To be competitive with other Amherst applicants, you should strive to earn between 1410 and 1530 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Amherst 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1530 and 25% of scored lower than 1410, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Amherst student is 1466.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Amherst students scored 790 or higher and 75% of students scored 700 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Amherst students scored 760 or higher, and 75% scored a 700 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Amherst?

To be most competitive at Amherst, you should strive to earn between 31 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Amherst's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 31 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Amherst students. Only one out of every four students scored below 31.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Amherst College

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Applicants should hear back by April 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Amherst during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term

Amherst Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Amherst?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Amherst.

Does Amherst accept transfer credits?

Amherst accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Amherst accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Amherst does not accept International Baccalaureate credits or Advanced Placement (AP) credits

Do I have to submit test scores to Amherst?

No, Amherst is test optional, so you can decide if you want to to submit your ACT or SAT scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..

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Amherst Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Selective

12%

How hard is it to get into Amherst? Amherst is a selective institution. The Amherst acceptance rate is 12%. This means that the institution accepts 11 out of every 100 applicants.

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Amherst Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 3

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Amherst is Jan 3.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Amherst is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Amherst ACT Scores

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ACT Range

31 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above

Good

31 to 34

Avg

31 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Amherst is 33. Students with an ACT score of 34 and above have a good chance of getting into Amherst. Students with an ACT score that falls between 31 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 31 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Amherst SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1410 - 1530

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Math SAT Range

710 - 790

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Reading SAT Range

700 - 760

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1530 and Above

Good

1410 to 1530

Avg

1410 and Less

Low

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Amherst students is 1466. Applicants with SAT scores of 1530 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Amherst, while applicants with SAT scores between 1410 to 1530 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1410 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Amherst.

Amherst GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

1,745

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

12%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$61,160

Out-of-State

$61,160

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Application Deadline

Jan 3
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