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Contact Information

220 South Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Phone: (413)542-2328
Fax: (413)542-2040
Online Application: http://www.amherst.edu/admissi...
Email/Contact Info: admission@amherst.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Application Deadline: January 1
Application Fee: $60
Fee waiver available for students with financial need:
Early Action Offered:
Early Decision Offered:

Admissions Criteria

Academic Criteria
  Rigor of high school classes
  Class rank
  Academic GPA
  Standardized test scores
  Application Essay
  Recommendation(s)
 
Non-Academic Criteria
  Interview
  Extracurricular activities
  Talent/Ability
  Character/Personal qualities
  First generation
  Alumni/ae relation
  Geographical residence
 
   
  State residency
  Religious affiliation / Commitment
—   Racial/Ethnic status
  Volunteer work
  Work experience
  Level of applicant’s interest
Admissions Criteria Key
  = Very Important   = Important   = Considered   = Not Considered

Selectivity

Selectivity (% of Applicants Admitted): 15%
Yield (% Accepted that Enroll): 38%
  Male Female
Applied 3,289 4,456
Accepted 527 617
Enrolled 217 219
  SAT Scores ACT Scores
Percent of Freshman Submitting: 73% 27%

Wait List Policy

Place students on a waiting list:
# of applicants offered a place on waiting list: 1,832
# accepting a place on the waiting list: 806
# of wait-listed students admitted: 37
% of students admitted from waiting list: 5%

Transfer Admission

Accept transfer students:
Accept transfers students in:
Fall
Winter
Spring
Summer

High School Credits

Required/recommended high school credits for applicants:
Subject Recommended Required
  English 4
  Foreign Language 4
  History 2
  Mathematics 4
  Science 3
  Science Lab 1
  Social Studies 2

SAT and ACT Policies

Use SAT, ACT, or SAT Subject Test scores in admission decisions:
Policy for the following tests:
SAT or ACT
ACT only
SAT only
SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT Required
SAT Subject Tests
ACT Writing Component Recommended
Uses SAT or ACT writing component for:
SAT ACT
For admission
For placement
For advising
In place of an application essay
As a validity check on the application essay
No college policy as of now
Not using essay component

GPA/Class Rank of Entering Freshmen

Average High School GPA of Freshmen:
Percent of entering freshmen by GPA:
GPA % of Freshmen
3.75-4.0
3.5-3.74
3.25-3.49
3.0-3.24
2.5-2.99
2.0-2.49
1.0-1.99
0.0-0.99
Percent of entering freshmen by Class Rank:
Class Rank % of Freshmen
Top 10% 79%
Top 25% 95%
Top 50% 99%
Bottom 25% 0%
Bottom 50% 1%

Test Scores of Freshman Class

SAT Scores 25th
Percentile
75th
Percentile
  SAT Math 660 760
  SAT Critical Reading 660 760
  SAT Writing 660 760
ACT Scores
  ACT Composite 29 33
  ACT Math 28 34
  ACT English 30 34

Percent of entering freshmen with the following SAT and ACT scores:
Score Range SAT Critical Reading SAT Math SAT Writing
  700-800 63% 60% 60%
  600-699 31% 31% 32%
  500-599 6% 9% 8%
  400-499 0% 0% 0%
  300-399 0% 0% 0%
  200-299 0% 0% 0%
Score Range ACT Composite ACT Math ACT English
  30-36 72% 65% 78%
  24-29 27% 32% 19%
  18-23 1% 3% 3%
  12-17 0% 0% 0%
  6-11 0% 0% 0%
  1-5 0% 0% 0%

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS database. Survey files used include Institutional Characteristics, Enrollments and Student Financial Aid; Survey years include 2007-2008, 2008-2009, and 2009-2010. The information on this page is believed to be accurate for the 2009 school year, though College Toolkit does not guarantee such accuracy.