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Amherst College Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Amherst College? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 1,210 out of 8,568 applicants or 14% were admitted making Amherst College a very competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores. Only 39% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 4,686 3,882 8,568
Accepted 627 583 1,210
Acceptance Rate 13% 15% 14%
Enrolled 251 226 477
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 40% 39% 39%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Amherst College and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that Amherst College regularly accepts students with ACTs of 31 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. 49 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Amherst College.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates 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 estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1500 out of 1600. 53 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.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1430 1570
SAT Reading 720 780
SAT Math 710 790
ACT Composite 31 34
ACT English 32 35
ACT Math 29 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
34 and Above Good >25%
32 to 34 Avg + 14%-25%
31 to 32 Avg - 10%-14%
30 to 31 Reach 7%-10%
Less than 30 Low <7%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1570 and Above Good >22%
1500 to 1570 Avg + 14%-22%
1430 to 1500 Avg - 9%-14%
1360 to 1430 Reach 5%-9%
Less than 1360 Low <5%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Amherst College has not reported high school GPA data for its freshman class at this time.

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2017.

Admission Requirements

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

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

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

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.



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