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.

Please note that all dates are in mm/dd/yy format.

First-Year Application and Financial Aid Deadlines

11/1/16 (Early Decision)
All required financial aid forms and supporting documentation must be received by the Office of Financial Aid for all Early Decision 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 15% 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 5% hold dual citizenship with the U.S. and another country and have lived or studied outside the U.S.

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.

Last year Amherst received 1,873 admission applications from international students. Of these, 1,498 also applied for financial aid. 116 applicants were admitted, and 85 were admitted with a financial aid award; 34 of these students enrolled at Amherst.

Financial Need

All financial aid at Amherst is awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need. You demonstrate 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.

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.