Dear Students,

In recent months, a number of natural disasters have affected students in several locations. In the aftermath of those events, we in the Amherst College Office of Admission send our sincere thoughts of care and concern to all of you in affected areas. We hope that you, your families and your friends are safe.

Many students, teachers and counselors in affected locations are still dealing with difficult and stressful challenges of daily life -- lack of electricity and water, disruption of transportation, closed schools, damage to property, and even displacement from your homes. For students planning to apply for Early Decision or Spring Transfer admission, there is the added complication of trying to submit applications, school documents, and standardized test scores under these unusual and trying circumstances. We hope that the information provided here will make that one part of life a little easier.

Application and Financial Aid Deadline Extensions - Early Decision and Spring Transfer Applicants  For students affected by a recent natural disaster and experiencing disruptions that make it difficult to submit your application or supporting school documents by our standard November 1 deadline, we are offering application deadline extensions until Monday, November 19. If you are an Early Decision or Spring Transfer applicant who qualifies for an extension under these special circumstances, please email our Admission Office at to request an extension of the application deadline. Such students are also eligible to receive an extension of  deadline until Monday, November 19 for submission of all required financial aid materials. Email requests for extensions should be sent using the subject line "ED Application Extension Request" or "Transfer Application Extension Request" (as appropriate).

Application Fee Waivers - Early Decision and Spring Transfer Applicants  As further support, Amherst is offering waivers of the $65 application fee to Early Decision and Spring Transfer applicants affected by recent natural disasters. To access this fee waiver, simply select the "Special Circumstances Fee Waiver" option under the "school-specific fee waiver" question within the Amherst-specific sections of the Common Application or the Coalition Application.

Submission of SAT or ACT Scores - Early Decision Applicants The recent natural disasters have resulted in the cancellation of some SAT and ACT test administrations in affected areas. Both College Board and ACT, Inc., have been working to reschedule the cancelled tests and will notify students directly when makeup dates have been confirmed. (In addition, College Board is offering free November SAT registration and CSS Profile fee waivers to students in some hurricane-affected areas. For more information on those arrangements, consult the relevant College Board announcement on hurricane-related disruptions to SATs.)

If you are planning to apply to Amherst College under the Early Decision option and you have been affected by rescheduling of the SAT or the ACT, we offer the following advice on submission of your standardized test scores:

  • If the cancelled SAT and ACT will be rescheduled for special administration in late October, your score report should be available to you online in time for consideration at the Early Decision stage, assuming no unexpected delay in routine timelines for score reporting. If you will be taking the regular October 27 ACT or November 3 SAT, your scores should be available to you online starting November 13 (ACT) and November 16 (SAT), assuming no unexpected delay in routine timelines for score reporting. We will be able to consider those scores at the Early Decision stage if:
    • You self-report your new scores through your Amherst Application Status Portal (available to you after submission of an application for admission to Amherst), by fax to (413) 542-2040, or by email to with the subject line “ED SAT Test Scores”
    • We receive your self-reported scores not later than Monday, November 19.
  • Please note that those applicants who are admitted to Amherst and decide to attend Amherst will be required to submit official score reports. For more information, please read our Standardized Testing Policy.

We hope that these special arrangements will help to alleviate some of your concerns about your application and will make this one part of life a little less stressful. Should you face continued extenuating circumstances that necessitate consideration beyond those outlined above, please contact us at We will consider such special requests on a case-by-case basis and will be as accommodating as possible, within the constraints of the overall Early Decision admission process.

Again, we send our best wishes to you and those close to you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us, if you have any questions or concerns about the application process.

With warm regards,
Amherst College Office of Admission