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.
Students who are interested in applying to Amherst as transfer students should first be familiar with our available admission options, our application requirements, our deadlines, and our approach to reviewing and evaluating applications for admission. Keep reading.... It's all here!
You are eligible for transfer admission to Amherst if you have completed a minimum of 32 transferrable credits while enrolled in a liberal arts curriculum at a college or university. To be competitive, you should have at least an A- average in your college courses. We do not accept applications from individuals who have already earned a bachelor's degree. Nor do we accept transfer applications from students who have completed college coursework as part of any program of early graduation from secondary school or other accelerated completion of secondary school. (Such students should apply as first-year applicants.)
For more important information on transfer eligibility and transfer of credit, please read our Transferring to Amherst information sheet.
Transfer Admission Options and Application Deadlines
Transfer applicants may apply for enrollment starting in either the fall or the spring semester.
If accepted, you must respond to our offer immediately. Due to fluctuations in our transfer enrollment, accepted transfer candidates may not defer their enrollment.
Transfer Application Requirements
Required Application Materials Transfer applicants must submit the following materials by the appropriate deadline -- November 1 for spring enrollment or March 1 for fall enrollment:
Optional Standardized Testing Results Standardized tests (SAT I, SAT II Subject Tests, ACT) are not required for transfer admission, but can be helpful. If you are currently a first-year student or sophomore in a four-year college or university and you enrolled immediately after secondary school, we recommend that you send the results of standardized testing, if those scores are not already included on your secondary school transcript.
Note: If you are a U.S. veteran applicant, please consult our U.S. veteran page for specialized information on standardized testing guidelines.
Optional Application Materials Students with exceptional accomplishments in specific areas may wish to submit additional information for consideration. This optional material is neither required nor necessary and should be submitted only if the applicant has achieved at an exceptionally high level.
Special Circumstances? If you are a U.S. veteran, a community college student, a homeschooled student, or an undocumented student, please see the relevant special information pages for additional guidance on the application process.
Transfer Application Deadlines
Spring enrollment : November 1
Fall enrollment : March 1
Application Review and Evaluation
Amherst takes great care to review every application thoroughly. Each application is read by at least two admission deans before being presented to the Admission Committee for discussion. In evaluating your application, we pay closest attention to your:
We give the greatest weight to your academic transcript. The rigor of the courses you've taken, the quality of your grades and the consistency with which you've worked over time give us the clearest indication of how well you will do at Amherst. Recommendations, the quality of your writing, and extra- and co-curricular accomplishments also help us draw fine distinctions among very talented applicants.
To begin an application Get started at the Common App Online.
Application materials: Transfer applications 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 now a completely online system and will be available in electronic form only; paper versions will not be available.
For important dates and deadlines: Click here.
Are you an international student? Be sure to check out our special information pages for international students applicants.
Are you an undocumented student? Be sure to check out our special information pages for undocumented and DACA-designated applicants.