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Amherst SAT Scores

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SAT scores needed to get into Amherst College

Average Score and SAT Requirements

Amherst College is a test optional school meaning you are not required to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the school is "considered but not required". If you do elect to submit your SAT scores, the following information is helpful to understand how you compare with other applicants.

Average SAT Score 1495

The average composite SAT score for admitted Amherst College freshman is 1495 out of 1600. Amherst students have the 19th highest average SAT score in the United States. For perspective, a 1495 is in the 99th percentile of all SAT test takers.

SAT Score Range 1430 to 1560

The middle fifty percent of incoming students have SAT composite scores ranging from 1430 to 1560. The 75th percentile score is 1560 while the 25th percentile score is 1430.

Minimum SAT score requirement

The lowest SAT score accepted is not reported by Amherst but we estimate it to be around a 1360 total composite SAT score.

Average SAT Math Score 755

The average score for Amherst students on the math portion of the SAT is 755 out of 800. The 25th percentile of students score a 720 and the 75th percentile score 790.

Average SAT Reading Score 740

The 25th and 75th percentile range for SAT reading scores range from 710 to 770 and the average score for Amherst College students is 740.

Number of Students Submitting SAT Scores

47 percent of students submit SAT scores with their application to Amherst College

Admission Chances by SAT Score

Below are estimated chances of being accepted at Amherst College based on SAT score ranges and the overall admission rate of 11.8%. These chances assume you have an average GPA for the school, around 3.91.

Can I get into Amherst with a 1560 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Very Good

An SAT score of 1560 or higher is very competitive at Amherst and is a better score than three quarters of students who are accepted. While having an above average chance of acceptance, admission is very competitive. The estimated chance of getting in is around 21% or higher.

Can I get into Amherst with a 1500 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Above Average

Scores between 1500 to 1550 are above average giving you an advantage over most applicants. While scores in this range are higher than many who apply, admission is extremely competitive. The estimated chance of being accepted is around 13% to 19%.

Can I get into Amherst with a 1430 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Below Average

SAT scores between 1430 to 1490 are still in the middle range of accepted students a but a little lower than the average. You can get in and have about a 7% to 11% percent chance of being admitted.

Can I get into Amherst with a 1360 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Reach

SAT scores from 1360 to 1420 are on the very low end of the range where students are accepted. Scores in this range are not competitive with most other applicants but you still have a chance. We estimate scores in this range have less than a 6% chance of admission to Amherst. SAT scores below 1360 likely fall out of the range where students are regularly accepted.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class
Admission chances to Amherst College by SAT score
SAT Score Admission Chances
1600 28%
1590 26%
1580 24%
1570 22%
1560 21%
1550 19%
1540 18%
1530 16%
1520 15%
1510 14%
1500 13%
1490 11%
1480 11%
1470 10%
1460 9%
1450 8%
1440 7%
1430 7%
1420 6%
1410 6%
1400 5%
1390 5%
1380 4%
1370 4%
1360 3%
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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=164465 IPEDS survey data for Amherst College.