Amherst College Transfers: 2020 Requirements, Dates, GPAs & More

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This is the complete guide for transferring to Amherst. We suggest you read until the end...

I get it - transferring colleges can be confusing, time-consuming and overwhelming. You are not alone. In fact, more than 700,000 students transfer colleges every year.

At Amherst, 1.0% of the entire student body are transfer students, so you won’t be alone.

To read about regular admission requirements for Amherst College, click here

What are the transfer requirements for Amherst?

Amherst requires a number of completed documents for consideration. The table below summarizes the most important pieces of information:

Admission Item Required?
High School Transcript Required of All
College Transcript Required of All
Essay or Personal Statement Required of All
Interview Not Required
Standardized Test Scores Recommended of Some
Statement of Good Standing from Prior Institution Required of All

In addition to the above requirements, Amherst also requires a minimum number of credits completed to apply to be a transfer student.

Amherst requires a minimum of 32 credits.

What are Amherst College’s Transfer Deadlines?

Many universities accept transfer applications during each semester. For this reason, we break down Amherst transfer deadline by fall, winter, spring and summer.

Closing Date Reported Deadline
Fall Transfer Deadline March 1
Winter Transfer Deadline -
Spring Transfer Deadline November 1
Summer Transfer Deadline -

Waiting until the last minute to finalize your application could result in a silly mistake.

We recommend you complete your application at least 1 week before the required deadline.

In fact, take a full 2 day break from looking at anything related to your application and then come back to look for errors. I bet you’ll find a few 😉

When are decision dates for Amherst College transfer applicants?

If you applied to transfer to Amherst on or before the reported deadlines then you should have your decision date by the notification dates in the below table.

Deadline Notification Dates
Fall Transfer Deadline May 15
Winter Transfer Deadline -
Spring Transfer Deadline December 15
Summer Transfer Deadline -

Note this data is current as of 2019 and to the best of our knowledge this hasn’t changed.

What is Amherst College’s transfer acceptance rate?

In 2019, Amherst received 477 transfer applicants.

The school accepted 21 students. Therefore, the transfer acceptance rate for Amherst is 4.4%.

This indicates how hard it is to transfer into Amherst...

Additionally, of the 21 accepted transfer students, 13 students enrolled - that means the yield was 61.9%.

Amherst accepts 5 out of every 100 transfer applicants.

What are the Amherst College transfer GPA requirements?

Amherst requires a minimum college GPA of 3.5 - this is on a 4.33 point scale.

Will you enjoy transferring to Amherst?

There are a lot of reasons to transfer to Amherst. Maybe your plan has always been to attend community college, and then move to a four year college to save money while completing your degree.

Maybe you had a bad experience at your first school - don’t worry this is more common than you think.

Or perhaps you’re drawn to Amherst...

Regardless of your reason for transferring, you’re already enrolled at another college or university so you know that the most important element in your college experience is the people and community

Finding success at Amherst is dependent on feeling comfortable - will you be able to find a place to find home and grow?

These are the questions that numbers and data cannot answer, but CampusReel can.

If you’re considering transferring to Amherst then I highly recommend that you watch the school’s videos on CampusReel. These are real students with real stories.

Final Verdict: How to transfer into Amherst

Let’s wrap up everything we’ve learned. If you still have questions about transferring, check out the Amherst website for more info.
Amherst accepts 4.4% transfer applicants, which is competitive.

To have a shot at transferring into Amherst, you should have a current GPA of at least - ideally you’re GPA will be around 0.0. In addition, you will need to submit standardized test scores.

The below tables show the SAT and ACT breakdown of Amherst students.

25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
SAT Math 680 780 730
SAT Reading 680 775 727
2018 Total SAT Score 1360 1555 1457
25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
ACT Math 29 - 29
ACT Reading 32 35 33
2018 Total ACT Score 61 35 48

Amherst College’s average SAT score is 1457. To be a competitive applicant for Amherst College your SAT score should come close to the average - for the ACT you should be aiming for the equivalent.

If you’re considering transferring to Amherst, you may also want to consider the schools:

Transfering to Albertus Magnus College
Transfering to Charter Oak State College
Transfering to Holy Apostles College and Seminary
Transfering to Paier College of Art Inc
Transfering to Bowdoin College