Admission

Special Hours for the Office of Admission: Mid-December 2014 to Mid-January 2015

Each year the Amherst College Office of Admission is closed to the public (visitors and callers) for approximately four weeks, so that our office staff can concentrate fully on initial processing of the large number of application materials submitted around our January 1st deadline. These preliminary tasks of entering, assembling and cross-checking tens of thousands of application documents in our system requires a concerted staff effort and must be completed as quickly and accurately as possible, so that all applicants' files may be thoroughly read and evaluated in time for the release of admission decisions in late March.

We appreciate your patience during this period of office closing and we hope the information provided here will be helpful, should you wish to contact the Admission Office during this time.

Special Admission Office Hours:

  • Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - Monday, January 20, 2015: Office of Admission is closed.
    Note:  All offices, buildings and departments of Amherst College will be entirely closed on the following days: December 24, 25 & 26; December 31st; January 1 & 2; and January 19.
  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015: Office of Admission reopens for regular office hours, Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Contact with the Admission Office:
During the period of closing (December 24 – January 19), please make note of the following information about contacting the Office of Admission:

    Current Applicants:

  • Within one week of receiving your Common Application and your Amherst Supplement to the Common Application, the Admission Office will send you an email confirming receipt of those materials.  The email will also include instructions on how to access an on-line Amherst account that will allow you to verify the status of all required application materials and the accuracy of your biographical information in our data system.  You will be given an opportunity to update your file.  
  • To allow sufficient time for our staff to enter and confirm all application materials in our system, please do not contact the Admission Office about the status of your application until after our office reopens on Tuesday, January 20.
  • Please consult the “Current Applicants” section of our website for further information.  If you are planning to visit Amherst College, please refer to the information available at the “Visit Amherst” section of our website, especially the information on “Tours and Information Sessions.” 
  • Questions not answered at the Office of Admission website or the general Amherst College website can be emailed to the Admission Office at admission@amherst.edu.  Even though the office will be closed to visitors and callers, emails will be monitored on a regular basis, Monday - Friday, except on those days when the College is entirely closed (see above).
  • Please do not contact other Amherst College departments with your questions regarding the Office of Admission, as other College offices will not be able to assist you with admission-related issues.

    All Others:

  • For information about applying to Amherst College, please start at the Admission Office website and, especially the “Applying to Amherst” section. 
  • For general information about Amherst College, visit the College website.
  • If you are planning to visit Amherst College, please refer to the information available at the “Visiting Amherst” section of our website, especially the information on “Tours and Information Sessions.” 
  • Questions not answered at the Office of Admission website or the general Amherst College website can be emailed to the Admission Office at admission@amherst.edu .  Emails will be monitored on a daily basis, Monday - Friday, even though the office is closed to visitors and callers.
  • Please do not contact other Amherst College departments with your questions regarding the Office of Admission, as other College offices will not be able to assist you with admission-related issues.

Thank you very much for your interest in Amherst College and for your patience during the weeks when the Office of Admission is closed.  Much appreciated!