Amherst GPA, SAT and ACT Data

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Amherst GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

Amherst College GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Amherst College GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

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Discussion of Amherst College's Admissions Standards:

With an acceptance rate below 15%, Amherst College is one of the country's most selective colleges. In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students, and you can see that most students who got into Amherst had averages of A- or higher, SAT scores (RW+M) above 1300, and ACT composite scores above 27. Your chances will be significantly higher with test scores above these lower ranges. Also notice that there is quite a bit of red (rejected students) among the green and blue. High test scores and grades are no guarantee of admission to this top-ranked liberal arts college.

Amherst College has holistic admissions, so successful applicants need to have strengths that go beyond numbers. Competitive applications should have a winning essay, strong letters of recommendation, and interesting extracurricular activities. As a few of the data points above illustrate, strengths in some of these areas can compensate for grades and test scores that are a little less than ideal.

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