Below you will find answers to some frequently asked questions about Amherst College, visiting campus and the application process. If you cannot find the answer to your question, feel free to call the Office of Admission Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time or email us at


A few days after we receive your application, we will create an Amherst account for you and send you an e-mail explaining how you can set your Amherst username and password. The username and password that you establish can be used to login to your "My Amherst" page to confirm biographical information we have received from you and will want you to verify.  These systems are multi-purpose and, therefore, some of the fields that appear are not relevant to your status as an applicant.  Instead, these fields may be used later if you enroll as an Amherst students.  The same username and password can be used to login to the ACData Website to check whether or not we have received specific application materials.  If your e-mail server uses a filtering system, please be sure to add to your list of acceptable e-mail senders so that you receive this important email. 


  1. Go to any page on the Amherst College Website and, in the upper-right corner you will see a drop-down menu labeled “Campus Web Tools.” 
  2. Select “Set New/Reset Forgotten Password” from the menu.  You’ll then be prompted to enter your e-mail address.  Enter the email address that is associated with your application to the College.
  3. Within moments, an e-mail will be sent to your address containing a link to a secure page for setting your password.  Above the password entry boxes will be your username.  Please make a note of this, as you will need it to access your account.  Follow the instructions on the screen to set your password.


In lieu of the SAT, an applicant may take just the ACT (with essay recommended), but must submit the composite score and all corresponding sub-scores.  If the applicant submits multiple ACT results (from different test administrations), our database uses the highest subscore for each test component (regardless of test date) to recalculate the composite and provide the highest "score of record" for evaluation of the student's application.


Amherst College has set the following deadlines for applications:

Early Decision deadline:  November 1st 

Regular Decision deadline:  January 1st 

Transfer - Spring deadline:  November 1st 

Transfer - Fall deadline:  March 1st 

Visiting Student deadline: December 1st 



Students who have special talents in music, dance, theater or visual arts may wish to submit supplementary arts materials for evaluation by Amherst faculty. Information about your arts background and samples of your artistic work must be submitted online through the Amherst College SlideRoom site.  Depending on the specific artistic medium, certain materials are either required or recommended. Before proceeding to SlideRoom, read carefully our website section on Special Information for Arts Supplement Submission


Please check the our On the Road page to see if we will be coming to your area for a high school visit, college fair or evening program. The page is updated frequently.


See our Tuition & Fees page to see a breakdown of our cost of attendance.