This year Amherst College admitted 186 ED applicants out of 734 applications for an acceptance rate of 25.3%. While both the admit pool and overall applications are lower than last year the acceptance rate remained the same. Last year 843 applied and 213 were admitted with an acceptance rate of 25.2%
42% of admits submitted test scores and 44% of applicants submitted test scores.
Part of the reduction of applications in my opinion has to do with the new policy that does not give preferential treatment to Legacy Applicants. Without this boost multiplier, I feel that many potential Amherst legacies figured they wouldn't be admitted based on merit, course rigor, ECs and talent, and ability, so they used their ED ticket elsewhere.
Last year the overall acceptance rate was 7.3% and my guess is that it will be very similar in the 7-8% range for the Class of 2027. Knowing that Amherst didn't fill as much of their freshman class with the ED pool, I would recommend that CV seniors consider applying to Amherst for the RD pool because it might be less competitive.
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