Amherst College FAQ

How does the QuestBridge National College Match Process work for Amherst?

If you are a Finalist and have chosen to rank Amherst as one of your college choices, QuestBridge will forward your application to Amherst along with the supporting documents.  

The National College Match Program is binding for Amherst. 

Does Amherst waive the application fee for QuestBridge applicants?

Yes. However, Amherst will only waive the application fee for those using their QuestBridge application to apply. Please do not submit the Common Application or the Coalition Application.

I am a QuestBridge Finalist and have ranked Amherst as one of my college choices. What application materials do I have to submit to complete my application for the Match? 

We require the materials listed below to complete your application. Most of these materials are included in your QuestBridge application. You should only forward those that are not included with your application by mail or email. If emailing materials, please reference QuestBridge in your email to questbridge@amherst.edu.

  • QuestBridge Application
  • School Report/Counselor Recommendation
  • Official 3-year Transcript (emailed or mailed by counselor)
  • First quarter grades (emailed from your school)
  • Amherst College has adopted a test-optional pilot program for SAT/ACT testing for first-year applicants to the Classes of 2025, 2026, and 2027 (students entering Amherst in 2021, 2022, and 2023). The test-optional policy applies to all applicants - domestic and international - applying for first-year admission during the duration of the pilot program. Therefore, for all students in the class of 2022, it is optional for a student to submit either the SAT or the ACT. Amherst will not consider SAT Subject Tests. For those who choose to submit testing, official SAT or ACT scores can be sent directly from College Board/ACT, emailed from a high school counselor, or entered by a student in the student’s online Application Status Portal (available after submission of an application for admission to Amherst). International applicants can review additional application requirements on Amherst's website.
  • Two Recommendations
  • International applicants can review additional application requirements on Amherst's website.

If you are not matched and wish to apply to Amherst either Early Decision or Regular Decision please follow the instructions below:

Early Decision: To apply to Amherst College Early Decision, please email questbridge@amherst.edu by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, December 2 for further information on steps required to complete your Early Decision application.

Regular Decision: To apply to Amherst College Regular Decision, please fill out the QuestBridge Regular Decision Form to indicate your intent to apply to Amherst in Regular Decision. QuestBridge will then forward your QuestBridge application to Amherst College. Please do not send in a Common Application or a Coalition Application. Additional materials are required. Your materials should be emailed to Amherst at questbridge@amherst.edu. Please reference QuestBridge in your email.

If you are a Finalist who ranked Amherst in the Match, you will automatically be considered for Regular Decision unless you contact Amherst and request to withdraw your application. Please email your request to withdraw to questbridge@amherst.edu

Will Amherst accept the QuestBridge Application in place of the Common Application?

Amherst will use your QuestBridge Application in lieu of the Common Application and the Coalition Application. Please do NOT submit the Common Application or the Coalition Application.

I am a QuestBridge applicant to Amherst but still want to submit my Common Application, how do I send it to Amherst?

Amherst will use your QuestBridge Application in lieu of the Common Application and the Coalition Application. Please do NOT submit the Common Application or the Coalition Application

I am a Questbridge Finalist who ranked Amherst as one of my Match schools but was not matched to Amherst. May I apply Early Decision? What are the requirements?

Yes, you may apply Early Decision. Amherst requires additional application materials to be sent to complete your application. These should be  emailed to questbridge@amherst.edu by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, December 2:

  • Early Decision Agreement for Amherst
  • Amherst QuestBridge Supplement Form (no essay required)
  • First Marking Period Grades (when available from your school)

I am a QuestBridge Finalist but did not rank Amherst as one of my Match schools; may I still apply to Amherst? What are my application options?

Yes, you may still apply to Amherst Regular Decision. Amherst will use your QuestBridge Application. Please contact QuestBridge and have them forward your application to us. Please do NOT submit the Common Application or the Coalition Application. You will need to follow the Regular Decision instructions and deadlines that QuestBridge requires. 

In addition to the QuestBridge Application you will have to submit the following additional materials to complete a Regular Decision application to Amherst:

  • Amherst Supplement Form and Essay
  • First Marking Period Grades (from your school)
  • Mid-Year Report (from your school)
  • Mid-Year Grades (from your school)

If I am QuestBridge Non-Finalist but still wish to apply to Amherst, can I use my QuestBridge application? As a QuestBridge Non-Finalist what are my application options for Amherst?

Yes, you may use your QuestBridge application to apply to Amherst. You are able to apply to Amherst either Early or Regular Decision adhering to Amherst's standard deadlines and requirements for applying. Please do not submit the Common Application or the Coalition Application. You must notify QuestBridge in order for your QuestBridge application to be forwarded to Amherst. 

I am an international student. May I apply for the National College Match to Amherst?

Yes, with additional application requirements as an international student. Please review additional application requirements for international applicants on Amherst's website.

I am not a U.S. citizen. May I apply to Amherst through the National College Match?

Yes, with additional application requirements, regardless of citizenship or geographic location. We require a demonstration of English proficiency. If English is not one of your first languages or you have not completed the entirety of your secondary school experience in English, Amherst requires proof of English proficiency in the form of the TOEFL or IELTS exam.