Amherst College is a highly competitive school and its admissions statistics make Amherst College one of the 50 most competitive schools for undergraduate admissions globally. Similar to the trends across all top schools, Amherst College acceptance rates have continued to decline over the past 8 years and will almost certainly continue to do so into the future.
The Class of 2020 was one of the most challenging years to be admitted to Amherst College ever to date. For the Class of 2020, 8,397 students applied to Amherst College of which 1,149 students were accepted, yielding an overall acceptance rate of 13.7%. Overall applications decreased by 2% over last year (2019 to 2020) from 8,566 to 8,397.
For the Class of 2020, 180 students were admitted through the early admissions process. Total early applications totaled 454, yielding an early acceptance rate of 39.6%. Early applications decreased by 5.8% over last year (2019 to 2020) from 482 to 454.