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Applying To Amherst
Amherst seeks, above all, to enroll men and women of strong and vibrant intellectual promise who have the demonstrated qualities of mind and character that will enable them to thrive in our dynamic academic and social environment and to take full advantage of the remarkable resources our community offers. A successful Amherst student is someone who will embrace the academic freedom provided by our open curriculum, engage with our talented and accomplished professors, and contribute significantly to a student population whose diversity of both background and perspective fosters a process of mutual education within and beyond the classroom curriculum.
See ADMISSION STATISTICS for the Class of 2018 and Fall 2013 & Spring 2014 Transfers.
Prospective students may apply to Amherst as either first-year students or transfer students. First-year students submit their applications for the Early Decision or Regular Decision deadline and transfer students may apply for entry in fall or spring semester. To learn more about the requirements and criteria used to evaluate applications and select applicants, please follow the link below that corresponds to your applicant status. In addition, international students, home-schooled students, U.S. veterans, and community college transfer students should review the special supplementary information concerning their applications to Amherst. Please note that Amherst College does not accept applications from individuals who have already earned a bachelor's degree.
Application materials for first-year admission for Fall 2016 enrollment and transfer admission for Spring 2016 or Fall 2016 enrollment will be available at Common App Online starting August 1, 2015. Please note that the Common Application is a a completely online system, so applications will be available in electronic form only; paper versions will not be available.
Are you an International Student? First-year or transfer student applicants who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents should read our International Student Applicant information page in addition to the relevant pages above.
Are you a U.S. Veteran? First-year or transfer student applicants who are U.S. armed forces veterans should read our U.S. Veteran Applicant information page in addition to the relevant pages above.
Are you a Home-Schooled Student? Please read our home-schooled student information page in addition to the relevant pages above.
Statement of Non-Discrimination: Amherst College does not discriminate in its admission or employment policies and practices on the basis of factors such as race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, color, religion, national origin, disability or veteran status. The College complies with federal and state legislation and regulations regarding non-discrimination. Inquiries should be addressed to the Interim Chief Diversity Officer, Amherst College, P.O. Box 5000, Amherst, MA 01002-5000.
Clery Act Disclosure Report : In accordance with the federal requirements of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, Amherst College annually reports information about campus crimes and campus security. An online copy of the report is available at the website of the Amherst College Campus Police; a paper copy may be obtained by contacting Campus Police at (413) 542-2291.