Diversity Open House

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/Latino 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. The above-mentioned are priorities, 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, seventy-five percent of the students who attend one of our DIVOH programs choose to apply to Amherst, although they are under no obligation to do so. A fee waiver of the $60 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 Amherst College $60 application fee in order to encourage their applications to Amherst, regardless of whether they are invited to attend the Open House.

Fall 2016 Diversity Open House Weekends

  • Saturday, September 24 - Monday, September 26
  • Saturday, October 15 - Monday, October 17

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 2016 DIVOH weekends, you must complete and submit our online DIVOH Application, which will be available on this webpage in mid-May. The application deadline for both DIVOH weekends is 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Monday, August 15, 2016.

To be eligible for the programs, you must:

  • be a high school senior in the fall of 2016
  • 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

2016 DIVOH Applications Now Closed

The 2016 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 next spring for the 2017 DIVOH program application.