As part of Amherst College’s commitment to diversity, the Office of Admission hosts two weekend Diversity Open Houses (DIVOH) in the fall to introduce prospective applicants to Amherst’s campus, student body, faculty, classes, and residence halls. Up to 100 students are selected to attend each weekend. The Diversity Open Houses are available to all prospective students, but the selection committee prioritizes the invitation of students from traditionally under-represented groups, such as African-American, Hispanic/Latino American, Native American, and Asian-American backgrounds, as well as first-generation students. To support socio-economic diversity, the selection committee will also invite and prioritize students with limited family financial resources, regardless of cultural or racial background.  The above-mentioned are priorities, and are not meant to imply any exclusivity regarding the program or selection process.  Should you have an interest in attending, we encourage you to apply no matter your demographic or economic background.


Students selected to visit Amherst for a DIVOH weekend will receive 100% of round-trip transportation costs (airline, bus, or train) for DIVOH attendance and will be hosted on campus by current students. Typically, seventy-five percent of the students who attend one of our DIVOH programs choose to apply to Amherst, although they are under no obligation to do so. A fee waiver of the $60 application fee is provided to all students invited to attend a DIVOH weekend. Some students who apply to the Open House will also receive a waiver for the Amherst College $60 application fee in order to encourage their applications to Amherst, regardless of whether they are invited to attend the Open House.


  • Saturday, September 21 – Monday, September 23
  • Saturday, October 26 – Monday, October 28

Special programming for the DIVOH weekends includes information sessions with admission deans, a faculty panel, and opportunities to attend classes and interact with current Amherst College students, faculty and staff. Although the plans for the upcoming DIVOH weekends are not yet finalized, you can get a good idea of the typical weekend activities by reviewing the sample DIVOH program below.


To apply for attendance at one of the upcoming Fall 2013 DIVOH weekends, please complete and submit our online DIVOH Application. The application deadline for both DIVOH weekends is Friday, August 16, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. (EST).

To be eligible for the programs, you must:

  • be a high school senior in the fall of 2013
  • reside in the U.S.
  • complete a DIVOH application (essay required)
  • submit a copy of your transcript (an unofficial one will be accepted) through your junior year

It’s easy!  The first step is submitting an on-line DIVOH application, followed by submitting a copy of your transcript.

Please remember that, until we receive a high school transcript (through the end of junior year), your application is not complete.  We must receive all materials by Friday, August 16, 2013.  You may send your transcript:

  • by fax to 413-542-2040, Attn: Lyn Rodriguez
  • by email to
  • by mail to:
    Admission Office
    Attn: Lynn Rodriguez
    Amherst College
    PO Box 5000
    Amherst, MA 01002-5000