Amherst College

Match Requirements for:

Finalists who rank Amherst

If you are a Finalist who ranked Amherst, your National College Match application will be sent to Amherst, and you will need to submit the following requirements to the school by November 1. If you have questions after reviewing the information below, please view the FAQs for Amherst Applicants or reach out to the school directly.

Match Requirements
DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1

Amherst College Applicant Portal Activation: QuestBridge will send Finalists’ applications to Amherst on October 19, and Amherst may need a couple days to import them into their system. Once processed, Amherst will then email you instructions to log in and activate your applicant portal, where you can track the status of the materials you submit to Amherst.

1

Official Transcript(s)

Mail or email to the Admissions Office (see Contact Information below). 

2

Letters of Recommendation

Amherst prefers applicants submit two letters of recommendation from teachers (English, Math, Science, Social Studies or Foreign Language). However, Amherst will give full consideration to all applications they receive. If your application includes only one academic letter of reference and you would like to add a second letter of academic reference to your application, please have your second academic recommender email their letter of recommendation to questbridge@amherst.edu with your name and QuestBridge ID in the subject line and Amherst will add it to your application for consideration.

3

(Optional) Test Scores 
Self-Reported or Official Reports

SAT code: 3003
ACT code: 1774

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).

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2022-2023 FAFSA

FAFSA code: 002115
Available: Oct. 1

US Citizens and Eligible Noncitizens only. Canadian and other international students do not complete the FAFSA. 

To be considered for the federal student financial aid, complete the 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You will report your 2020 federal tax information on the 2022-2023 FAFSA. The federal government will send you a Student Aid Report (SAR). Check all pages for accuracy and resubmit corrections if necessary. Your eligibility for all federal aid will be based on the results of your processed FAFSA.

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2022-2023 CSS Profile 

CSS code: 3003
Available: Oct. 1

Please select "Early Decision" or "Regular Decision" as your admission application type. 

If your parents are divorced or separated:

  • Both of your biological/adoptive parent(s) will complete their own CSS Profile with different log-in credentials. It is highly recommended that the student and custodial parent start the CSS Profile first, as the non-custodial cannot submit information until the student selects a school that requires the submission of non-custodial parent information.
  • Your non-custodial parent must submit the online Noncustodial Profile after creating a separate College Board account.
  • If you do not have any contact with your non-custodial parent, then you may submit a request to waive the requirement of their financial information. Download the Noncustodial Parent Waiver Petition.

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2020 Federal Tax Returns and Forms for Custodial and Non-Custodial Parent (if applicable) 

Both parents must also submit copies of their 2020 federal tax returns with all schedules, attachments, W-2 Forms, and other earnings statements to IDOC. Include personal and/or corporate and partnership tax returns. Submit the CSS Profile Business/Farm Supplement, if applicable.

Submit directly to IDOC. You will receive information about submitting tax documents to IDOC after completing the CSS Profile.

Options following the Match

Early Decision

Finalists who ranked Amherst for the Match and were not matched with a QuestBridge partner school may apply to Amherst College Early Decision. To convert your application to an Early Decision application 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

All Finalists who ranked Amherst for the Match, but did not match to a binding college will automatically have their applications moved into the Regular Decision process.

If you no longer wish to be considered, you must contact the Admissions Office to withdraw your application (email questbridge@amherst.edu or see Contact Information below).

Regular Decision Requirements:

Step 1: Select Amherst on the QuestBridge Regular Decision Form on your Application Management page between November 3 - December 12. Only check the box if you fully intend to submit a complete application to Amherst (including all of the materials detailed in the table below).

Step 2: Activate your Amherst Applicant Portal. QuestBridge will send Finalists’ applications to Amherst on December 15 and Amherst may need a couple days to import them into their system. Use the Amherst applicant portal, sent to you via email, to track the status of your materials you submit to Amherst. 

Step 3: Submit all additional required application and financial materials by the applicable deadlines directly to Amherst as detailed in the table below.

Information for Non-Finalists

indicates a required material

Regular Decision Requirements: Admission Materials
DEADLINE: JANUARY 3

 

Finalists who ranked Amherst and submitted all materials (but did not match to a binding college)

Finalists who did not rank Amherst

Amherst QuestBridge Regular Decision Supplement

QuestBridge Midyear Report

Official Transcript(s)

Update including recent grades

(Optional) Test Scores
Official Reports

SAT code: 3003
ACT code: 1774

Only if new scores to report

Regular Decision Requirements: Financial Aid Materials
DEADLINE: JANUARY 3

 

Finalists who ranked Amherst and submitted all materials (but did not match to a binding college)

Finalists who did not rank Amherst

2022-2023 FAFSA

FAFSA code: 002115
Available: Oct. 1

 

2022-2023 CSS Profile 

CSS code: 3003
Available: Oct. 1

 

2020 Federal Tax Returns and Forms

 

Contact Information 

Amherst Contacts (regarding QuestBridge applications and general questions):
Office of Admission
Phone: (413) 542-2328
Fax: (413) 542-2040
Email: questbridge@amherst.edu

Contact Information (for sending admission and Financial Aid materials):

Send materials to:
Office of Admission
Amherst College
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002
Write your full name and "QuestBridge" on all enclosed pages.

Email: questbridge@amherst.edu
Fax: (413) 542-2040

Office of Financial Aid
Amherst College
B-5 Converse Hall
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
Fax: (413) 542-2628