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.

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(Optional) Test Scores 
Self-Reported or Official Reports

SAT code: 3003
ACT code: 1774

Amherst is test-optional. The test-optional policy applies to all applicants - domestic and international - applying for first-year admission. At their own discretion, students may choose to submit SAT/ACT test scores for consideration in the application review process. 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).

You can learn more about Amherst’s test optional policy here.

2

(Optional) Supplements 

If you would like to include an arts supplement (music, dance, theater, or visual arts) to your application, you may do so through your Amherst Applicant Portal. You can learn more about submitting optional arts supplements here.

3

2023-2024 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 2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You will report your 2021 federal tax information on the 2023-2024 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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2023-2024 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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2021 Federal Tax Returns and Forms for Custodial and Non-Custodial Parent (if applicable) 

Both parents must also submit copies of their 2021 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.

Students must submit the signed Amherst College Early Decision Agreement Form and the Amherst College Early Decision Supplement to the QuestBridge Application by Tuesday, December 6 by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

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 11. 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 14 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
(sent directly from your school)

Official Transcript(s)
(sent directly from your school)

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

2023-2024 FAFSA

FAFSA code: 002115
Available: Oct. 1

 

2023-2024 CSS Profile 

CSS code: 3003
Available: Oct. 1

 

2021 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

Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid

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