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.
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..
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||710|
|SAT Math 25th||720|
|SAT Composite 25th||1430|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||770|
|SAT Math 75th||790|
|SAT Composite 75th||1560|
|Average SAT Score||1500
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.
Find other colleges with similar SAT score requirementsData Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||33|
|ACT Math 25th||29|
|ACT Composite 25th||32|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||36|
|ACT Math 75th||34|
|ACT Composite 75th||35|
|Average ACT Score||33
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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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.
85% of Amherst College freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||85%|
|Top 25% of class||96%|
|Top 50% of class||100%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||32%||38%||35%|
Applicants have 23 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2023.
The cost for prospective students to apply to Amherst College is $60.
What are the requirements for admission to Amherst College and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|Test Scores||Considered but not required|
|High School GPA||Considered but not required|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Considered but not required|
|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.
47% of students submit their SAT scores to Amherst. 54% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
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.
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.
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.