Amherst College is widely considered to be one of the most selective liberal arts schools in the country, accepting approximately 1,080 or 7% of 15,000 applicants. 500 will enroll in the following fall, resulting in a 43% 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 none, but none 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 1,430 - 1,550 and ACT Composite scores in 32 - 35.

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 2022 Admissions Cycle
Applications
14,864
Male 6,260
Female 7,845

 

Acceptance
1,079
Male 451
Female 582

 

Enrollment Total
467
Male 210
Female 243


Acceptance Rate
7.3%
Male
7.2%
Female
7.4%

 

Yield
43.3%
Male
46.6%
Female
41.8%


Application Fees and Other Information

Application Fees

Undergraduate

$65


Graduate

Unknown



Credit from AP or Pre-college classes

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


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