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Amherst seeks to enroll exceptional students of strong and vibrant intellectual promise. We look for students with qualities of mind and character that will enable them to thrive in our dynamic academic and social environment and take advantage of Amherst’s remarkable resources. A successful student is someone who will embrace the academic freedom provided by our open curriculum, engage with our talented and accomplished professors, and contribute significantly to a student population whose diversity of both background and perspective fosters a process of mutual education within and beyond the classroom curriculum. Our admission policies are guided by the principles expressed in the mission of .

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will continue its test-optional policy for all applicants.

In June 2023, we formalized our four-year test-optional pilot program as our policy for all applicants. Read more about what this means for applicants on our Standardized Testing Information page.

First-Year and Transfer Applications

Prospective students may apply to as either first-year students or transfer students:

First-year students submit their applications for the Early Decision or Regular Decision deadline.

Transfer students may apply for entry in fall or spring semester.

Are You...?

  • A first-generation student, or a student from a family with very limited income? Complete our quick-and-easy questionnaire to see if you qualify for our . (Of course, we also accept the general fee waivers issued by the Common and QuestBridge Applications, but our Quick Pass has even broader criteria for fee waiver eligibility.)
  • An international student? First-year or transfer student applicants who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents should read our International Applicants information page in addition to the relevant pages above.
  • An undocumented or DACA-designated student? Please read our Undocumented and DACA Students information page in addition to the relevant pages above. Also see educational, legal, on-campus, and regional resources for undocumented students.
  • A U.S. veteran?  First-year or transfer student applicants who are U.S. armed forces veterans or currently serving members of the U.S. armed forces should read our U.S. Veteran information page (in addition to the relevant pages above) and also obtain a .
  • Homeschooled? Please read our Homeschooled Applicant information page in addition to the relevant pages above.

Please note that does not accept applications from individuals who have already earned a bachelor’s degree.


If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please contact:

Office of Admission
(413) 542-2328

Please do not contact other individuals at the College, as they will not be able to assist you with admission-related questions.

Statement of Nondiscrimination

does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs and activities on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity), age, disability, genetic information, military service, or any other characteristic or class protected under applicable federal, state or local law. complies with all state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Inquiries should be addressed to the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, , P.O. Box 5000, Amherst, MA 01002-5000. The College’s Interim Director of Civil Rights and Title IX Coordinator is Maureen Holland, 79 S. Pleasant Street, Suite 120, , Amherst, MA 01002, email:; office website:

Please note that the above contact information is for the College's Title IX Coordinator; it is not the contact information for the Office of Admission. Inquiries about admission to should be directed to:
Office of Admission
(413) 542-2328

Clery Act Disclosure Report

In accordance with the federal requirements of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, annually reports information about campus crimes and campus security.  An online copy of the report is available at the website of the Campus Police. A paper copy may be requested by contacting the Police by email (, telephone (413) 542-2291, letter, or in person at 6 East Drive, , Amherst, MA 01002.