Additional Flexibility in the Evaluation of Transfer Credit

Due to the severe disruptions related to COVID-19, Amherst has adopted more flexible guidelines regarding transferable credit, which are not reflected in the information below. For the most up-to-date modifications to transferable credit policy, please see our COVID-19 Considerations webpage.

Please begin by downloading the Amherst College Community College Collaboration Agreement. The Collaboration Agreement outlines transfer student eligibility, transfer of credit guidelines, and campus resources for community college transfer students.

Amherst is committed to providing transfer opportunities for high-achieving community college students with limited financial resources. Since partnering with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation in 2006, Amherst has become a national leader among highly selective colleges in offering exceptional academic and scholarship options to community college students.  Our need-blind admission and need-based, no-loan financial aid policies make Amherst a particularly attractive and affordable school.

  • Over the past five years, Amherst has admitted more than 100 community college students.
  • Over 60% of our transfer students previously attended community college.
  • Nearly 100% of our community college transfer students are receiving need-based financial aid. The average scholarship grant for transfer students is typically around $60,000 per year.

Community College Transfer Application Guidelines

Community college students should apply as all transfer applicants do, submitting the Transfer Common Application or Apply Coalition with Scoir and the Amherst Supplement associated with those applications, along with other supporting materials.

Update: Please review the statement above regarding additional flexibility in the evaluation of credit for transfer applicants.

Special Circumstances?

Are you a U.S. veteran or active duty service member? An undocumented or DACAmented student? Please read our relevant special information pages for additional guidance on the application process.

For more information about transferring from a community college, please contact a member of our admission team at or 413-542-2328. If have remaining questions, feel free to contact Associate Dean of Admission Alexandra Hurd