Apply Online for First-Year Admission

The Basics

To apply as a first-year student to Amherst, you must submit either the Common Application, the Coalition Application or the QuestBridge Application and the Amherst Writing Supplement, along with other supporting materials and a non-refundable $60 application fee or appropriate fee waiver. Applications must be submitted online; it is not possible to submit a paper application by mail.

The Details

Students who are interested in applying to Amherst should first be familiar with our available admission options, our application requirements and deadlines, and our approach to reviewing and evaluating applications for admission.  That's all available at our main First-Year Applicants page, so be sure to read that information thoroughly before beginning your application.

Special Circumstances

If you are a U.S. veteran, a homeschooled student, or an undocumented student, please read our relevant special information pages for additional guidance on the application process.


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