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Amherst, Massachusetts

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Your chances of getting into Amherst College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Amherst College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Elite 
Applicant Competition Extreme 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Amherst is 9%.  Its admission rate is the 3rd lowest in Massachusetts and the 23rd lowest the nation.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Amherst and can you get accepted?

Amherst is extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance - even for applicants with the highest scores and grades. Last year, 1,224 out of the 13,999 who applied were admitted.

The school has exceptionally high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 4 percent on standardized admission tests. 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 or better. 42% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Amherst College you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.91 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1460 on the SAT
  • Score 33 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 10% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

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. 36% of students submitted SAT scores and 31% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

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 680
SAT Math 25th 690
SAT Composite 25th 1370
SAT Scores for Amherst College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 760
SAT Math 75th 790
SAT Composite 75th 1550
Average SAT Score 1460

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

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 college is "considered but not required".

Students who get into Amherst College score in the top 6 percent of all SAT test takers.. The SAT composite score range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1370-1550 and the average score is 1460.  Amherst ranks #8 in the state of Massachusetts and #43 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. You should target scoring 1460 or above to be competitive with most other applicants.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1460, you have around a 9% chance of being admitted. A 1460 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 16% chance of getting in.

Amherst College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1550 and Above Good >16%
1460 to 1550 Avg + 9%-16%
1370 to 1460 Avg - 5%-9%
1280 to 1370 Reach 3%-5%
Less than 1280 Low <3%
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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 33
ACT Math 25th 30
ACT Composite 25th 32
ACT Scores for Amherst College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 35
ACT Composite 75th 34
Average ACT Score 33

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Amherst College is test optional. Students are not required to submit ACT scores with their application. The policy on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Amherst regularly accepts students who score 32 and above on the ACT. These students typically score in the top 3 percent nationally. The ACT composite score range for the middle 50% of students is 32-34.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 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 >16%
33 to 34 Avg + 9%-16%
32 to 33 Avg - 5%-9%
31 to 32 Reach 3%-5%
Less than 31 Low <3%
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Amherst GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Amherst College?

You are required to have 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. This indicates that primarily A- average high school students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #6 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA. Given the school's very highly selective admissions, acceptance at Amherst extremely difficult and unlikely even with a 3.91 GPA. The school should be considered a reach even if you have a 3.91 GPA.

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*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply uses an AI algorithm to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of college GPA data. 3.91 is a prediction of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

High School Class Rank

91% 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 91%
Top 25% of class 99%
Top 50% of class 100%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Amherst College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 7,824 6,175 13,999
Accepted 727 497 1,224
Acceptance Rate 9% 8% 9%
Enrolled 289 226 515
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 40% 45% 42%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2023 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jan 1, 2023

Days left to Apply


The application deadline for Fall 2023 has passed. Applications were 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

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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.


Does Amherst College prefer SAT or ACT?

36% of students submit their SAT scores to Amherst. 31% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Amherst College?

9% of those who apply are granted admission to Amherst. Admission competition is extreme 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 1370 and 1550. 36% 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 34. 31% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.