The Amherst College Office of Admission is monitoring developments related to the recent outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov). We are aware that the activities of many schools in affected areas have been indefinitely suspended, causing potentially significant impact on all aspects of school life.

Consistent with our commitment to the holistic evaluation of applicants, Amherst always strives to take such extenuating circumstances into consideration. If you are an applicant who has been affected by the coronavirus outbreak or the associated school suspensions, we encourage you to update us with any relevant information by emailing us at We will be as accommodating as possible, within the constraints of the overall admission process.

We hope this additional consideration will help to alleviate some of your concerns about your application. Most importantly, we hope that you, your family and your community will be safe and healthy.