First-Year Applicants should submit one of the following set of standardized tests:

  • SAT (Essay Section recommended)  OR
  • ACT (Writing Test recommended) 

For TOEFL requirements, please visit the International Student Applicants page.


Amherst College hosts a variety of summer programs and camps for people of all ages.

Learn about our Summer Programs and Youth Camps.

TOEFL / English Language Proficiency Testing

Amherst requires any applicant whose first language is not English to submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a similar English-proficiency test (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 (CR) section of the old SAT (pre-March 2016) OR 730 or above on the Evidence-based Reading & Writing section (ERW) of the newly designed SAT (post-March 2016);
  • 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 require the following minimum scores: 600 on the paper-based TOEFL; 100 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT); 7.5 overall band score  for the IELTS; or 84 final score on the MELAB.

Learn more on our International Student Applicants page.


Please submit the Transfer Common Application and Amherst Transfer Supplement online via Common Application.

Transfer deadines are:

  • Spring transfer enrollment: November 1st.
  • Fall transfer enrollment: March 1st

For more details about applying to Amherst College as a transfer student, including additional application materials required, please visit:

Apply Online for Transfer Admission


To remain on the wait list for admission, you must submit the online webform indicated in your online wait list notification. 

To remove your name from the wait list, you can email us at: Please include the following information in your email: full name; mailing address; date of birth.


To formally withdraw your application from Amherst College, we ask that you email us at:

Please include the following information:

Full Name

Mailing Address

Date of Birth