Admission

Frequently Asked Questions for Current Applicants

I'm an Amherst applicant. How do I get an Amherst username and password?
About a week after we receive your application, we will create an Amherst account for you and send you an e-mail explaining how you can set up your Amherst username and password. (If your e-mail server uses a filtering system, please be sure to add admissapp@amherst.edu to your list of acceptable e-mail senders so that you receive this important email.) The username and password that you establish can be used to log in to your "My Amherst" webpage to confirm biographical information we have received from you and will want you to verify.  The same username and password can be used to login to the ACData website to check whether or not we have received specific application materials. 

What happens if I already set up my Amherst username and password, but I can't remember them now?
Don't worry!  Just following these easy steps:

  1. Go to any page on the Amherst College website, where you will see a drop-down menu labeled "Campus Tools" in the upper-right corner.
  2. Select “Change/Manage Password” from the menu, then select the link indicated for applicants.  You’ll then be prompted to enter your e-mail address.  You should enter the e-mail address that is associated with your application to the College.
  3. Within moments, you will receive an e-mail containing a link to a secure page for setting your new password.  Above the password entry boxes will be your username.  Please make a note of this, as you will need it to access your account.  Follow the instructions on the screen to set your new password.

Soon after submitting my application, I received your email explaining how to access my Amherst username and set up my  password, but I never actually did that and I can't find the email now.  What can I do?
Easy! The procedure for retrieving you Amherst username and setting up your initial password is the same as the procedure for resetting a forgotten password.  Just follow the three steps listed in the above answer.

I checked my biographical information at the "My Amherst" webpage and some of it is incorrect.  What should I do?
If you find any errors in any section of your "My Amherst" profile, you should us the "Applicant Information Change Form" to make corrections.  You should fill in only corrections on that form; don't make any entries in fields for information that is already accurate.  Please note that it may take several days to view your corrections on your My Amherst profile.

What happens if I change my e-mail address during the application process?
You should promptly notify us of your new e-mail address by submitting an Applicant Information Change Form,  completing the initial "name box" using your previous e-mail address and then entering your new e-mail in the "new e-mail" field following.  Once your new e-mail address has been changed in our system (which you can verify in your "My Amherst" profile), you will need to use your new e-mail address to create or retrieve your forgotten username and password for your Amherst account.  (See instructions above for forgotten username/password.)  We frequently communicate with our applicants via e-mail, so it's important that we have an accurate e-mail address on file.  You don't want to miss an important e-mail message!

What if my online record doesn't indicate that Amherst has received admission Application materials that I believe were sent?
Don't panic! Remember, it often takes up to three weeks for us to process application materials and enter them into our database, so please give us some time and check the online system again later. [Please note that first-year applicants are required to submit two essays, one from the Common Application and another from our Supplement. Transfer applicants are required to submit three essays.] If you think we've had plenty of time to process your materials and they are still listed as missing, feel free to contact us by e-mail at admissions@amherst.edu

I sent scores for two SAT II subject scores. Why doesn't the system show that you received them?
The SAT is marked as received only after both the SAT I and two SAT II Subject Test scores are received.

Why does my online record say that the ACT or SAT was waived?
First-year applicants are required to submit either the SAT I and two SAT II/Subject Tests or the ACT. Therefore, if we receive all your SAT scores before we receive your ACT score, our system will mark you waived for the ACT. If we receive your ACT score before we receive your complete SAT and SAT II/Subject Test results, the system will indicate that your SAT scores have been waived. In fact, however, we record all test scores we receive. Amherst's policy is to focus on your strongest standardized test results.