Amherst College is one of the country’s most prestigious institutions. And it competes with Harvard, Yale, Stanford and other universities for the nation’s brightest and most talented students.
This year, 5,400 high school seniors applied to Amherst, hoping to snag one of just 423 spots in the freshman class. The competition to get in is decidedly high.
So how do highly selective colleges and universities decide who gets in and who does not?
Amherst let us take a look behind the doors of the admissions process to find out how important grades, S.A.T. scores, athletics, family connections and other factors really are.
This program is made possible by the following funders:
Grade Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
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