DIVOH Students standing with Amherst Sign

As part of Amherst College's commitment to diversity, the Office of Admission hosts two weekend Diversity Open Houses (DIVOH) in the fall to introduce prospective applicants to Amherst's campus, student body, faculty, classes, and residence halls. Up to 100 students are selected to attend each weekend. The Diversity Open Houses are available to all prospective students, but the DIVOH selection committee prioritizes the invitation of students from traditionally under-represented groups, such as African-American, Hispanic/Latinx American, Native American, and Asian-American backgrounds, as well as first-generation students. To support socio-economic 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.

Funding Opportunities

Students selected to visit Amherst for a DIVOH weekend will receive 100% of round-trip transportation costs (airline, bus, or train) for DIVOH attendance and will be hosted on campus by current students. Typically, about 75% of the students who attend one of our DIVOH programs 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 a DIVOH weekend. Some students who apply to the Open House will also receive a waiver for the $65 application fee to encourage their applications to Amherst, regardless of whether they are invited to attend the Open House.

Benefits of a DIVOH Application

In addition to the possibility of attending one of our DIVOH weekends, submitting a DIVOH application offers some other benefits, as well.

  • A fee waiver for Amherst's $65 admission application fee is provided to all students invited to attend a DIVOH weekend. Some students who apply to DIVOH will also receive a waiver for the $65 application fee to encourage their applications to Amherst, regardless of whether they are invited to attend one of the DIVOH weekends.
  • DIVOH applicants who eventually decide to apply for admission to Amherst College will have the option of using their DIVOH application essay in satisfaction of Amherst's Writing Supplement requirement.

 

Fall 2019 Diversity Open House Weekends

  • Saturday, September 28 - Monday, September 30
  • Saturday, October 19 - Monday, October 21

Special programming for the DIVOH weekends includes information sessions with our admission deans, a faculty panel, and opportunities to attend classes and spend time with current Amherst College students, faculty and staff. You can get an idea of the typical weekend activities by reviewing our DIVOH Sample Program.

Applying for DIVOH

To apply for attendance at one of the Fall 2019 DIVOH weekends, you must complete and submit our online DIVOH Application. 

To be eligible for the programs, you must:

  • be a high school senior in the fall of 2019
  • reside in the U.S.
  • complete an on-line DIVOH application (essay required)
  • submit a copy of your transcript (an unofficial one will be accepted) through your junior year and a list of senior classes.

2019 DIVOH Applications Now Closed

The 2019 DIVOH application deadline has now passed and the application for our fall DIVOH 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 August, so keep an eye on your email!

If you are a current junior, check back in May 2020 for the Fall 2020 DIVOH program application.