Amherst College

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Amherst College, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Amherst, MA, a predominately suburban area. Amherst College has an enrollment of about 1,900 students.

Students can report either the ACT or SAT exam scores to this school. A score between 1310 - 1520 on the SAT exam, or 30 - 34 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the Amherst College average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.75 - 3.96. The acceptance rate for this school is lower than most schools and competition is high, given that only 10% of students who applied are admitted to the school. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Amherst College Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Amherst College was reported as 11.3% in Fall 2020 with over 10,600 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 30 - 34
  • Average GPA: 3.75 - 3.96

How Hard Is It to Get into Amherst College?

Applicant Selectivity: High

Amherst College has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Amherst College has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 13.7%
  • 2017-2018: 12.9%
  • 2018-2019: 12.8%
  • 2019-2020: 11.3%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 11.5%

How Does Amherst College Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Amherst College is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Hampshire College2.0%
Smith College32.5%
Mount Holyoke College38.2%
College of Our Lady of the Elms75.1%
Western New England University85.2%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Amherst College (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading650 - 740
Math660 - 780
Total Score1310 - 1520
ACT®Score Range
English31 - 35
Math27 - 34
Composite Score30 - 34
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