International Student Applicants

We welcome first-year and transfer applications from international students!
Typically, about 12 percent of our students come from secondary schools or universities outside the United States: approximately 10% are non-U.S. citizens who come from over 55 countries; another 2% hold dual citizenship with the U.S. and another country and have lived or studied outside the U.S.

As a college that follows a need-blind policy in admission for international students and awards financial aid to international students on the same need-basis as domestic students, Amherst is in an exceptional position to admit the most accomplished and promising students from around the world without regard for ability to pay. 

Our Admission Committee is familiar with various education systems around the world.  In reviewing your application, we consider grades, standardized test scores, comprehensive exam predictions or results, essays, recommendations, independent work, the quality of your current academic program and your achievements outside the classroom. No one aspect will determine our decision; instead, we look at the sum total of your experiences.

Application requirements for international students

Regardless of your citizenship or geographic location, you should follow the same first-year or transfer application process that other students follow. 

The only additional application requirement for international student applicants (both first-year and transfer) is demonstration of English proficiency.

English Proficiency Testing Requirements

We require any applicant whose first language is not English to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a similar English-proficiency test (such as the International English Language Testing System - IELTS; or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery - MELAB)  with the following exceptions:

English proficiency testing is not required of international students who:

  • have conducted their entire secondary education at a school with English as the primary language of instruction;
  • have taken the SAT and scored 700 or above on the Critical Reading section;
  • have taken the ACT with Writing and scored 32 or above on the Reading section.

For international applicants required to submit evidence of English language proficiency, we recommend the following minimum scores: a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 on the computer-based TOEFL; a minimum score of 100 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT); a minimum overall band score of 7.5 for the IELTS; or a minimum final score of 84 on the MELAB.

You may register online to take these tests:
TOEFL: Amherst Code #3003
MELAB: No Codes Used
IELTS: No Codes Used

To begin an application  You should begin by reviewing the Apply to Amherst page.  Then, depending on your applicant status, you should continue to either the First-year Applicants page or the Transfer Applicants page, where you can find important information on our available admission options, our application requirements, and our approach to reviewing and evaluating applications for admission.  Finally, you can start your application at Common App Online.

For important dates and deadlines Click here.

Financial Aid Guidelines for International Students

As of the 2008-2009 admission cycle, Amherst College extended its need-blind admission policy to international students.  This means Amherst will admit international students without regard to their level of financial need or request for financial aid.  In addition, Amherst meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all international students who are admitted to the college and apply for need-based financial aid.  To review the requirements necessary for international students to apply for financial aid, visit the Office of Financial Aid web pages for international applicants.

Review ADMISSION STATISTICS for the Class of 2017 and Transfers in Fall 2012 and Spring 2013.


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