First-year applicants should submit the following materials for Early Decision or Regular Decision:
- Common Application, Coalition Application OR QuestBridge Application
→ Learn more about our application options.
- Amherst College Writing Supplement
→ Learn more about our options for the writing supplement.
- $65 Application Fee (non-refundable) or Fee Waiver (requested through Common Application, Coalition Application or Amherst's Quick Pass).
- School Report
- Secondary School Transcript
→ A high school diploma or its recognized equivalent is required before enrolling at Amherst College.
- Counselor Recommendation (College Counselor / Guidance Counselor)
- Two Teacher Recommendations (English, Math, Science, Social Studies or Foreign Language)
- Optional Standardized Test Results for the SAT or ACT (either self-reported or official scores).
♦ Applicants who choose to submit standardized test scores for consideration at the admission stage may submit either self-reported or officially reported test scores. Official score reports will be required only for those students who elect to submit standardized test scores as part of the admission process, are subsequently admitted and then decide to enroll at Amherst. For more information on the submission of self-reported and official test scores, please review our Standardized Testing Policy.
♦ Applicants who choose to submit standardized test scores at the admission stage may wish to consider submitting submit all test results, as we evaluate applications based on the most advantageous combination of scores (superscore) for either the SAT and/or ACT, regardless of test date.
♦ Applicants who choose to submit standardized test scores at the admission stage should arrange to submit their scores (self-reported or official) by the appropriate application deadline (either ED or RD).
♦ For official test score reporting, use Amherst's institutional codes: 3003 (SAT) and 1774 (ACT).
- Early Decision Agreement (for ED applicants)
- First marking period grades from senior year (for ED applicants)
- Mid-Year School Report Form (as soon as first trimester/first semester grades are available)
- Mid-Year Transcript (as soon as first trimester/first semester grades are available)
- TOEFL or IELTS Results (if needed for International Student Applicants): We do not accept self-reported test scores for TOEFL or IELTS; only official score reports are permitted for these tests. Please see our International Students Applicants page for additional information on acceptable versions of TOEFL and IELTS testing.
Students with accomplishments in specific areas may wish to submit optional additional information for consideration.
Students with talents or accomplishments in the arts - music, theater, dance, and visual art - may submit related material for review by Amherst faculty. Please review our Special Information for Arts Supplement Submission for additional information. (Please do not send originals to us, as we cannot return to you any material submitted.)
Students who have engaged in significant research in the natural sciences, mathematics, computer science, social sciences or humanities—undertaken independently of the high school curriculum — may include a brief description of the research project in the “Optional Research Questions” section of Amherst’s Writing Supplement.
Students who wish to participate in varsity athletics may indicate that interest in the appropriate section of the Common Application and may consult the About Amherst Athletics webpage for information about varsity teams and contact with athletic coaches. All prospective student-athletes should review the NESCAC Statement of Common Admission Practices.
If you are a U.S. service member or veteran, a homeschooled student, or an undocumented student, please read our relevant special information pages for additional guidance on the application process.
First-Year Application Review and Evaluation
Amherst takes great care to review every application thoroughly. Each application is read by at least two admission deans before being presented to the Admission Committee for discussion. In evaluating your application, we pay closest attention to your:
- secondary school transcript;
- teacher and counselor recommendations;
- quality of writing as demonstrated in your essays, writing supplement, testing and recommendations;
- extra- and co-curricular involvements, talents, and leadership;
- standardized test results (optional / if submitted by student);