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Amherst Admission Requirements

Amherst, Massachusetts

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Chances of getting into Amherst College

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
12%
Admission Difficulty for Amherst College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Elite 
Applicant Competition Very High 
How hard is it to get into Amherst and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Amherst is 12%.  It ranks #3 in Massachusetts and #26 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. Amherst is a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants. Last year, 1,254 out of 10,603 applicants were admitted.

The school has exceptionally high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 3 percent (SAT 1430/1560 ACT 32/35). Amherst College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.91. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 35% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Amherst application fee is $60 and applications are due by Jan 1.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Amherst College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 47% of students submitted SAT scores and 54% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Amherst SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1430-1560
Applicants Submitting SAT 
47%
SAT Scores for Amherst College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 710
SAT Math 25th 720
SAT Composite 25th 1430
SAT Scores for Amherst College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 770
SAT Math 75th 790
SAT Composite 75th 1560
Average SAT Score 1500

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Amherst College typically prefers applicants to be in the top 3 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1430 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 1360. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1500 out of 1600. Amherst ranks #4 in Massachusetts and #19 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 47 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Amherst College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1560 and Above Good >21%
1495 to 1560 Avg + 12%-21%
1430 to 1495 Avg - 7%-12%
1365 to 1430 Reach 4%-7%
Less than 1365 Low <4%
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Amherst ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
32-35 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
54%
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 36
ACT Math 75th 34
ACT Composite 75th 35
Average ACT Score 33

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 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 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 34 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #5 in Massachusetts and #22 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 54 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Amherst College.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Amherst College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
35 and Above Good >24%
33 to 35 Avg + 12%-24%
32 to 33 Avg - 8%-12%
31 to 32 Reach 5%-8%
Less than 31 Low <5%
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Amherst GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.91*
Typical High School Grades 
A-

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 #6 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as Amherst is a very selective school.

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*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.

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High School Class Rank

85% 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 85%
Top 25% of class 96%
Top 50% of class 100%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Amherst College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,785 4,815 10,603
Accepted 687 566 1,254
Acceptance Rate 12% 12% 12%
Enrolled 219 215 434
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 32% 38% 35%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
23

Applicants have 23 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Amherst College is $60.

Application Requirements

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

Amherst College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Considered but not required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Considered but not required

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.

FAQs

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?

12% 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 1430 and 1560. 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 32 and 35. 54% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.