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Admission Policy and Peaceful Protest

A number of applicants to Amherst have expressed concerns about their admission being jeopardized by participating in protest regarding gun violence. First Amendment rights are among the most prized of Amherst's values and the college encourages all students to engage in civil and meaningful discourse on issues of critical importance. For that reason, the Office of Admission will, as always, consider the unique circumstances of any reported disciplinary action related to civic engagement. Peaceful protest has never been reason for a student to be denied admission or to have an offer of admission rescinded.

We search for exceptional students from across the country and around the world, including from places and populations that are historically underrepresented in higher education. Our financial aid policies are among the most generous in the nation. In all we do, our efforts are guided by the principles expressed in our Mission Statement.

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A successful Amherst student is someone who will embrace our open curriculum, engage our talented faculty and actively contribute to a student body that is diverse in both background and perspective.