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Amherst College

Overview
Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1821
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 1,648
Environment: Rural
Endowment: $1,337,157,518
Admissions Address

PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Website

http://www.amherst.edu

Admissions E-mail

admission@amherst.edu


 

QuickFacts
Selectivity: Most Selective
Send application by: January 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Katharine Fretwell
Admissions office telephone: (413) 542-2328
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 1
Decision sent by: April 5
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Send application by: November 15
 
Decision sent by: December 15
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $55
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
 
http://www.amherst.edu/admission/ Tuition deposit: $400 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: None
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma or equivalent is not required
General college-preparatory program: Recommended
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English N/A 4
Mathematics N/A 4
Science N/A 3
Lab N/A 1
Foreign language N/A 4
Social studies N/A 2
History N/A 2
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units N/A 20

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
 
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: Not available
 
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: December 31
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: December 31
 
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
 
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Very important
Recommendation: Very important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Not considered
Extracurricular activities: Very important
Talent/ability: Very important
Character/personal qualities: Very important
First generation: Very important
Alumni/ae relation: Important
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Important
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Most Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 19%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 19%
Total applicants: 6,142
Total acceptances: 1,144
Total freshman enrollment: 433
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: N/A
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision is not available for graphing.

 
Male applicants: 2,763
Male acceptances: 534
Male freshman enrollment: 212
 
Female applicants: 3,379
Female acceptances: 610
Female freshman enrollment: 221
Out-of-state freshmen: 90%
 
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 1,261
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 565
Students enrolled from waiting list: 2

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 86%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 97%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 100%
 
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 58%
Average high school GPA: N/A
 
First-year students submitting GPA: N/A
 
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 83%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 670 – 770
Math: 660 – 760
Combined: 1330 – 1530

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 60.8% 62.5%
600-699 32.5% 29.4%
500-599 6.7% 6.9%
400-499 0.0% 1.1%
300-399 0.0% 0.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%

 
First-year students submitting ACT scores: 17%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 29 – 34
Math: 27 – 34
Composite: 28 – 33

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 64.0% 70.7% 58.7%
24-29 32.0% 22.7% 37.3%
18-23 4.0% 6.7% 4.0%
12-17 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
6-11 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%

 

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