Admission

U.S. Veteran Applicants

Jacob Worrell ’12e

videoJacob Worrell ’12E, above, is an American veteran who transferred to Amherst. Watch videos of Jacob and other transfer students talking about transitioning to Amherst.
Jacob was recently inducted into the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame.

Mark Hellmer '13, a geology major and student of Russian, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship.

Read more stories about U.S. veterans at Amherst.

 

Amherst is actively seeking to enroll qualified men and woman who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. In 2008, Amherst created a permanently endowed scholarship fund for veterans who are accepted and enroll at the college. The Veterans Scholarship Fund provides enough financial aid to cover the full demonstrated financial need of qualified former American servicemen and servicewomen. 

Applying to Amherst as a U.S. Veteran  Since the creation of the Veterans Scholarship Fund, most well-qualified veterans who have enrolled at Amherst began their academic careers at community colleges or other educational institutions.  U.S. veterans interested in transfer admission to Amherst, should consult our information pages for transfer applicants and the Amherst Community College Collaboration Agreement to learn more about the transfer requirements and transfer application process.  Alternatively, qualified U.S. veterans may also apply to Amherst as first-year students.

Special Information for U.S. Veteran Applicants  In general, U.S. veterans follow the same first-year or transfer application process as other applicants do. There are, however, some exceptions to the general process that apply selectively to U.S. veteran applicants:

  • Active Duty U.S. Veteran Applicants:  Ordinarily, applicants for admission to Amherst College are required to submit two academic evaluations from former instructors.  However, if you are currently engaged in active duty in the U.S. military and you are consequently experiencing difficulty obtaining two academic evaluations for your application, please contact Alexandra Hurd, Associate Dean of Admission, to discuss possible alternatives.
  • U.S. Veteran Applicants for Transfer Admission:  Ordinarily, the submission of standardized test results is optional for transfer applicants.  However, if you are a U.S. veteran and you have not been enrolled for the past five years in academic coursework eligible for transfer credit, you are strongly advised to submit standardized testing.  Recommended testing includes:
    • SAT I Reasoning Test and two SAT II Subject Tests;
      or
    • ACT (Writing Test recommended).
  • U.S. Veteran Applicants for First-Year Admission: U.S. veteran applicants are not exempt from the standardized testing requirements for first-year applicants and must submit the same required standardized testing as other first-year applicants. You should submit either of the following:
    • SAT I Reasoning Test and two SAT II Subject Tests;
      or
    • ACT (Writing Test recommended).

Application Fee Waiver  The college is proud to offer an application fee waiver to any veteran interested in applying through our Quick Pass fee waiver quiz.

Questions?  For more information about applying as a veteran, please contact Associate Dean of Admission Alexandra Hurd at 413-542-2328.



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Yellow Ribbon Program  Amherst College participates in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program.  As part of our commitment to enrolling U.S. Veterans, Amherst has unlimited Yellow Ribbon spaces and an unlimited maximum school contribution. Should you fully qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program, your tuition at Amherst College will be 100% free. For additional information about the Yellow Ribbon Program at Amherst College, please contact Jennifer Christian-Wright, Assistant Dean of Financial Aid and Amherst College's School Certifying Official.


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Leadership Scholar Program  Amherst College is a college partner of the United States Marine Corps Leadership Scholar Program (LSP). If you are a transitioning active-duty Marine, you may be eligible to participate. The LSP will guide you through the application and admission process and assist you in meeting the entrance requirements for college. 


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Service2School
  Amherst College is a college partner with Service2School, an organization that matches student-veteran mentors to other veterans interested in applying to undergraduate or graduate institutions.  Mentors provide advice on standardized testing, applications, essays, resumes, interviewing and networking.


 

 

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