Amherst College to Extend Need-Blind Admission Policy to International Students

Submitted by Emanuel Costache
April 9, 2008 Contact: Caroline Jenkins Hanna Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417

Calendar and Deadlines - International First-Year Applicants

The following deadlines are for first-year international student applicants.  To see transfer student deadlines, please visit the Calendar and Deadlines page for transfer applicants.

Important Information for International Students Intending to Study Medicine

International students who perform well academically at Amherst College often have opportunities for further study in the U.S. For example, international students have graduated from Amherst and entered Ph.D. programs at U.S. universities with substantial scholarship support. However, there is one important exception for students interested in medical training leading to the M.D. degree.

International Student Applicants

We welcome first-year and transfer applications from international students!
Typically, about 12 percent of our students come from secondary schools or universities outside the United States: approximately 10% are non-U.S. citizens who come from over 55 countries; another 2% hold dual citizenship with the U.S. and another country and have lived or studied outside the U.S.

Renewal of Financial Aid

A student is eligible to receive financial aid at Amherst for a total of eight semesters, providing the following requirements are met:

Gift Aid

"Outside" Scholarships

If you receive any assistance from an organization outside of the College, this aid must be taken into consideration in calculating your financial aid award.  For this reason, you are required to report any such aid, regardless of amount, to the Office of Financial Aid.

Frequently Asked Questions
about Financial Aid for International Students

Is Amherst "need-blind"?

Amherst College is  "need-blind" in evaluating international students. In considering you for admission, Amherst will not take into consideration whether or not you have applied for financial aid.

Financial Need

All financial aid at Amherst is awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need.  You show financial need if the resources that are available to you are not sufficient to cover your student budget.  The College expects that your parents will assist to the greatest extent their income and assets will permit and that you will share in the cost of your education through working, borrowing, and saving.

Aid for International Students

Amherst College is "need blind" with respect to admission;  Amherst will not take into account whether or not you have applied for financial aid in the admission process.

The College has a comprehensive program of financial aid that provides assistance in the form of scholarships and grants, loans, and student employment.

Browse the links on the left to learn about Amherst's aid program and procedures for applying.

Canadian and International Students

Canadian Students

Students from Canada are eligible for all financial assistance provided from Amherst College funds.  Canadian students may be referred to their provincial student loan programs in fulfilling the self-help component of a financial aid award.  Application instructions are found in Applying for Aid.  All financial entries in the Financial Aid PROFILE form or other documents (except tax returns) submitted to the College shoul