You start by knowing something.
And then you wrestle with it, pull it apart, connect it to other things, see it differently. You search and question and reimagine. And this leads to a new kind of knowledge — deeper, more creative, more profound. That’s how great ideas are born. That’s how effective communities thrive. That’s how learning at Amherst works. We start by knowing this: Amherst is not simply a preparation for your professional life. It is a preparation for your life-long journey of learning — exhilarating and surprising, rewarding and vast.
We search for exceptional students from across the country and around the world, including places and populations that are historically underrepresented in higher education. And we offer one of the most comprehensive, ambitious financial aid programs in the country.
Your financial circumstances will never affect whether you’re admitted or not. Learn about our generous scholarships and financial aid packages.
Amherst’s application materials for first-year admission in Fall 2016 and transfer admission in Spring 2016 or Fall 2016 will be available online at Common App Online starting August 1, 2015.
Redesigned SAT The College Board has announced that a redesigned version of the SAT I will be launched in March 2016. Learn more about the effect of the SAT redesign on application requirements for Fall 2017 first-year admission to Amherst.