The Basics

What is my Application Status Portal?
Your Application Status Portal is a secure online applicant system that allows you to monitor the status of your admission application, such as whether all your required application materials have been received by Amherst. It's also the place where we post important updates to the status of your application, including the release of admission decisions.

What is my Financial Aid Portal?
The Financial Aid Portal is a secure online system that allows applicants to monitor the status of financial aid applications. If you've applied for financial aid from Amherst, you can use the Financial Aid Portal to check your personalized document list to be certain that you've submitted all the material needed for a financial aid determination to be made. It's also the place where decisions about your financial aid eligibility are posted.

What's the difference between the Application Status Portal and the Financial Aid Portal?
The Application Status Portal allow monitoring of admission applications, whereas the Financial Aid Portal allows monitoring of financial aid applications. All applicants for admission to Amherst will have an Application Status Portal, but only students who have also applied for financial aid from Amherst will have a Financial Aid Portal account (in addition to an Application Status Portal).

How do I access my Application Status Portal and Financial Aid Portal?
Application Status Portal and the Financial Aid Portal accounts are secure, password-protected sites that require users to create separate user credentials for each portal. Amherst's Office of Admission will create an Application Status Portal for you and will send you a detailed e-mail explaining how you can establish your Application Status Portal user credentials. Similarly, if you have applied for financial aid, the Office of Financial Aid will send you an email with instructions on how to establish your Financial Aid Portal user credentials.

I never set up my user credentials and now I can't find those emails. Help! What do I do now?
Help is on the way! See the FAQs below on access to the Application Status Portal and the Financial Aid Portal . Remember... You must set up separate user credentials for Application Status Portal and Financial Aid Portal access, so be sure to check each section below that is relevant to you.


Application Status Portal Access

I already set up my user credentials for my Application Status Portal, but now I can't remember my password. What should I do?
Don't worry!  Just follow these easy steps:

  1. Go to the Application Status Portal login page.
  2. Click on the "Forgot Your Password?" link.
  3. Enter the email address that you provided in your admission application and your birthdate. Then click "Reset" button. Within minutes, you will receive an email containing a temporary pin and a link to access your portal.
  4. Make note of your temporary pin and click the "Access Account" link within the email.
  5. On the next Login page, enter your temporary pin and your birthdate. Then click "Login" button. This will bring you to the "Change Password" page, where you can set a new password!

Soon after submitting my application, I received the email explaining how to access my Application Status Portal and establish my user credentials, but I never actually did that and I can't find the email now.  What can I do?
Easy! The procedure for initially setting up user credentials for your Application Status Portal is the same as the procedure for resetting a forgotten password. Just follow the five steps listed in the "Forgot my Application Status Portal password" FAQ above.


Financial Aid Portal Access

I applied for financial aid and have already set up my Financial Aid Portal user credentials, but now I can't remember my password. What should I do?
Don't worry!  Just follow these easy steps:

  1. Go to the Amherst College Password Reset page.
  2. Enter the email address that you provided in your admission application and click the "Submit" button. You will immediately be sent an email that will include your username, a temporary password, and a link to the "Change Password" screen. (Make note of the temporary password before moving on to the next step.)
  3. At the "Change Password" screen, enter the temporary password sent in the email. (The temporary password is time-sensitive, so it is important to complete this step promptly.)
  4. Create a new strong password that satisfies the password rules.

Once you've established your new password, you can access the Financial Aid Portal at https://www.amherst.edu/go/netpartner.

I applied for financial aid and received an email explaining how to set up my username and password to access the Financial Aid Portal, but I never actually did that and I can't find the email now. What can I do?
Easy! The procedure for setting up your initial Financial Aid Portal credentials is the same as the procedure for resetting a forgotten password. Just follow the four steps listed in the "Forgot my Financial Aid Portal password" FAQ above.


More FAQs for Current Applicants

Once I've submitted my application online, when can I expect to hear something from Amherst?
We begin downloading applications from the Common Application and the Coalition Application platforms around mid-to-late September, so - if you submitted your application before then - don't worry! Once we begin downloading submitted applications, we send a brief email to each applicant confirming that we've received your application. A few days later, we will send another longer, more detailed email with important instructions on next steps. If your email server uses a filtering system, be sure to add admission@amherst.edu to your list of acceptable email senders, to ensure that you receive these important emails.

I'm an Amherst applicant and I want to be sure that I've submitted all the documents required. How do I do that?
Within a week of downloading your application, we will create a secure online Application Status Portal for you and send you an email explaining how you can establish your user credentials. (If your email server uses a filtering system, please be sure to add admission@amherst.edu to your list of acceptable e-mail senders, to ensure that you receive this important email.)  The credentials that you establish will allow you to log into your Application Status Portal, where you will find a handy checklist of required application materials and information on the status of each item: received, awaiting, or waived. At the same online portal, you will be able to review the contact information we have downloaded from your application and you will also be able to make any changes in that information that may be needed.

What if my online account indicates that Amherst has not received application materials that I believe were sent?
Don't panic! Remember, it can take some time for your application materials to be processed and entered into our database, so please check your Application Status Portal again later. 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 admission@amherst.edu.

I reviewed the contact information in my Application Status Portal and some of it is incorrect. What should I do?
If you need to change the mailing and/or permanent addresses listed for you in your account, you can use the "Edit Addresses" option in the "Verify Address" section of your Application Status Portal. To change your email address, use the "Change Email Address" option in the Account Tools section at the bottom of your Application Status Portal. If you need to change other contact information, you can use the Applicant Information Change Form. Remember that you should fill in only corrections on that form; don't make any entries in any field containing information that is already accurate.

What happens if I change my email address during the application process?
To change your email address, use the "Change Email Address" option in the Account Tools section at the bottom of your Application Status Portal.

What if I have other questions that aren't covered in this FAQ?
We want to be certain that you have the information you need, so don't hesitate to contact us by email at admission@amherst.edu or by phone at (413) 542-2328. We are eager to help!