Amherst College is widely considered to be one of the most selective liberal arts schools in the country, accepting approximately 1,150 or 14 of 8,400 applicants. 500 will enroll in the following fall, resulting in a 41 yield.

All applications must be turned in through the Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application. For Early Decision students, these are due by November 15th, with decisions coming within a month. Regular Decision students should have theirs in by January 1st and expect to hear back by April 1st. Response forms are due by May 1st. All applications should include ACT/SAT scores, Recommendations, and a Secondary school record, but the completion of college-preparatory program, Formal demonstration of competencies, Secondary school GPA, and Secondary school rank should also be added. Some majors may require more materials.

Amherst looks for students to have high academic standing and a motivation that will embrace the open curriculum system, engaging with professors and contributing to the school. They request that applicants have taken four years of English, math, science, social studies, and foreign language, though this is not required. SAT Combined scores should be in the 1,400 - 1,550 and ACT Composite scores in 30 - 34.

Every application is reviewed by at least two admission deans who evaluate for grades, rigor of studies, recommendations, quality of writing, extracurricular activities, accomplishments, and leadership.

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Student ACT Scores

25th %
75th %



Student SAT Scores

25th %
75th %



First-Year Admission Statistics

Application, Acceptance, Enrollment Statistics from the 2016 Admissions Cycle
Applications
8,396
Male 3,773
Female 4,623

 

Acceptance
1,149
Male 599
Female 550

 

Enrollment Total
471
Male 237
Female 234


Acceptance Rate
13.7%
Male
15.9%
Female
11.9%

 

Yield
41%
Male
39.6%
Female
42.6%


Application Fees and Other Information

Application Fees

Undergraduate

$60


Graduate

Unknown



Credit from AP or Pre-college classes

  • Institution does not accept dual, credit for life, or AP credits

    Admission considerations

    Required

    Admission test scores
    Recommendations
    Secondary school record
    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language


    Recommended

    Completion of college-preparatory program
    Formal demonstration of competencies
    Secondary school GPA
    Secondary school rank