Amherst Admission Requirements

Amherst, Massachusetts

Chances of getting into Amherst College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Amherst College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High

How hard is it to get into Amherst and can I get accepted? The school has a 13% acceptance rate ranking it #3 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,246 out of 9,723 applicants were admitted making Amherst a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 8 percent. Amherst College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 39% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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Amherst SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Amherst College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 660
SAT Math 25th 670
SAT Composite 25th 1330
SAT Scores for Amherst College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 750
SAT Math 75th 780
SAT Composite 75th 1530
Average SAT Score 1430

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Amherst College?

Amherst College typically requires applicants to be in the top 10 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1330 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1230. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1430 out of 1600. The school ranks #7 in Massachusetts for highest average SAT composite score. 47 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Amherst College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1530 and Above Good >20%
1430 to 1530 Avg + 13%-20%
1330 to 1430 Avg - 8%-13%
1230 to 1330 Reach 5%-8%
Less than 1230 Low <5%
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Amherst ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Amherst College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 32
ACT Math 25th 28
ACT Composite 25th 31
ACT Scores for Amherst College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 34
ACT Composite 75th 34
Average ACT Score 32

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Amherst?

Admission data indicates that Amherst regularly accepts students with ACT's of 31 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 5 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #6 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 54 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Amherst College.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Amherst College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
34 and Above Good >23%
32 to 34 Avg + 13%-23%
31 to 32 Avg - 9%-13%
30 to 31 Reach 7%-9%
Less than 30 Low <7%
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Amherst GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

What GPA do you need to get into Amherst College?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Amherst. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Amherst College was 3.91 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #5 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as Amherst is a very selective school.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.91 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

High School Class Rank

83% of Amherst College freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Amherst College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 83%
Top 25% of class 95%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House


Admission Statistics

Amherst College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,380 4,342 9,723
Accepted 654 592 1,246
Acceptance Rate 12% 14% 13%
Enrolled 256 236 492
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 39% 40% 39%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2020
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Amherst College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Amherst College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Amherst College
AP Credit No
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Other Colleges to Consider

Other Colleges to Consider
Subject Percent of Class
Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, Massachusetts

Williams College

Williamstown, Massachusetts

Wellesley College

Wellesley, Massachusetts

Brandeis University

Waltham, Massachusetts

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, New York

Olin College of Engineering

Needham, Massachusetts

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=164465 IPEDS survey data for Amherst College.


Does Amherst College prefer SAT or ACT?

47% of students submit their SAT scores to Amherst. 54% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Amherst College?

13% of those who apply are granted admission to Amherst. Admission competition is very high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Amherst College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1330 and 1530. 47% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Amherst College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 31 and 34. 54% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.

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