Amherst College Admission Requirements

Acceptance Rate

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

Can I get into Amherst College? The school has a 13% acceptance rate. Last year, 1,198 out of 9,285 applicants were admitted making Amherst College 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 2 percent. Only 39% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Amherst College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 720
SAT Math 25th 730
SAT Composite 25th 1450
SAT Scores for Amherst College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 770
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1570
Estimated Average SAT 1510
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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Amherst College?

Amherst College typically requires applicants to be in the top 2 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1450 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 1390. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1510 out of 1600. 33 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Amherst College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1570 and Above Good >20%
1510 to 1570 Avg + 13%-20%
1450 to 1510 Avg - 8%-13%
1390 to 1450 Reach 5%-8%
Less than 1390 Low <5%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Amherst College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 33
ACT Math 25th 29
ACT Composite 25th 32
ACT Scores for Amherst College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 34
ACT Composite 75th 34
Estimated Average ACT 33
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that Amherst College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 32 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 3 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 31 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 33 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 67 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Amherst College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Amherst College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
34 and Above Good >20%
33 to 34 Avg + 13%-20%
32 to 33 Avg - 8%-13%
31 to 32 Reach 5%-8%
Less than 31 Low <5%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Amherst College has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

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%

Admission Statistics

Amherst College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,160 4,125 9,285
Accepted 597 601 1,198
Acceptance Rate 12% 15% 13%
Enrolled 230 241 471
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 39% 40% 39%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2019
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2019.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Amherst College and what considerations affect 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

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