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 traditionally underrepresented 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.

Benefits of an A2A Application

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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

At Amherst, the safety of our community and visitors is our highest priority, so we’ve moved our programming to online platforms. We’re sad that we won’t be able to welcome you to campus in person, but we’re looking forward to welcoming you virtually!

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 in the fall of 2020
  • 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 senior classes
  • submit an academic writing sample (with comments from a teacher or evaluator, if possible)

Recommended additional materials:

  • letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or community member
  • school profile

Fall 2020 Access to Amherst Program

DATE:  Sunday, October 4 - Thursday, October 8

The program will include sessions with Amherst College admission deans, financial aid deans, faculty, staff, and students. Programming will last about two hours per day, with pre-recorded videos and real-time programs. The real-time programs will consider student schedules and time zones, and there will be no expectation to miss any school commitments.

2020 A2A Applications Now Closed

The 2020 application deadline has now passed and the application for our fall A2A programs is no longer available.

If you submitted your application by the deadline, you may expect to be notified of our decision before the end of September, so keep an eye on your email!

If you are a current junior, check back in May 2021 for the Fall 2021 A2A program application.