Program Dates: Saturday, October  1 - Monday, October 3

Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, August 17, 2022

DIVOH Students standing with Amherst Sign

As part of Amherst College's commitment to diversity, the Office of Admission will be hosting Access to Amherst (A2A) - formerly called Diversity Open House (DIVOH) - in the fall to introduce prospective applicants to Amherst's campus, student body, faculty, and classes. A2A is available to all prospective students, but the selection committee prioritizes the invitation of students from historically excluded groups, such as African-American, Hispanic/Latinx American, Native American, and Asian-American backgrounds, as well as first-generation students. To support socioeconomic diversity, the selection committee will also prioritize students from families with limited financial resources, regardless of cultural or racial background. Those are priorities for participation, but are not meant to imply any exclusivity regarding the program or selection process. Should you have an interest in attending, we encourage you to apply no matter your demographic or economic background.

Q: In light of COVID-19, will A2A participants be able to visit campus? 

We are excited to welcome A2A participants to visit campus in person this year! At Amherst, the safety of our community and visitors is our highest priority, so we require full vaccination including booster, or negative COVID test within 72 hours of your visit, for all campus visitors.

Benefits of an A2A Application

In addition to the possibility of participating in A2A, submitting an application offers some other benefits:

  • A fee waiver for Amherst's $65 admission application fee is provided to all students invited to participate in A2A. Some students who apply to A2A will also receive a waiver for the $65 application fee to encourage their applications to Amherst, regardless of whether they are invited to participate in A2A.
  • Some students who apply to A2A will be invited to participate in a virtual Mock Application Workshop with admission deans, regardless of whether they are invited to participate in A2A.
  • A2A applicants who eventually decide to apply for admission to Amherst College will have the option of using their A2A application essay in satisfaction of Amherst's Writing Supplement requirement.

Applying to A2A

To apply to participate in A2A, you must complete and submit our online A2A Application.

To be eligible for the program, you must:

  • be a high school senior residing in the US in the fall of 2022
  • complete an on-line application
  • submit a short essay in response to a prompt on the application (350 word max)
  • submit a copy of your transcript through your junior year (an unofficial copy will be accepted)
  • submit a list of confirmed or intended senior classes

Recommended additional materials:

  • academic writing sample (with comments from a teacher or evaluator, if possible)
  • school profile

2022 A2A Applications Now Closed

The 2022 application deadline has now passed and the application for our fall A2A program is no longer available.

If you submitted your application by the deadline, you may expect to be notified of our decision approximately three weeks after the deadline, so keep an eye on your email!

If you are a current junior, check back in May 2023 for the Fall 2023 A2A program application.

Funding Opportunities

Students selected to visit Amherst for Access to Amherst will receive 100% of round-trip transportation costs (airline, bus, or train) will be hosted on campus by current students. Typically, about 75% of the students who attend A2A decide to apply to Amherst, although they are under no obligation to do so. A fee waiver for Amherst's $65 admission application fee is provided to all students invited to attend A2A. Some students who apply to A2A will also receive a waiver for the $65 application fee to encourage their applications to Amherst, regardless of whether they are invited to attend.