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Amherst DIVOH Questions

AustroHungarianAustroHungarian Posts: 346Registered User Member
edited September 2013 in Amherst College
Hello! I got a friendly email from Amherst a few weeks ago inviting me to attend a Diversity Open House on campus this fall!

I am interested in applying to Amherst, but I have a few questions that perhaps you all could answer before I apply to this:

1) I am Asian. Should I still apply? (I am also in the low income bracket I suppose; < 50k but my family doesn't really have financial difficulties per se)

2) Is the admissions into this program as competitive as admissions to the college itself? (Do they send these invitations to a lot of people?)

3) If I attend, will my chances for admissions to the college increase/is this something I should mention on my college app to Amherst, or even to other colleges?

4) Can anybody who went in previous years explain what the experience was like/do you recommend it, etc?

Thanks :D
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Replies to: Amherst DIVOH Questions

  • AustroHungarianAustroHungarian Posts: 346Registered User Member
  • omarp120omarp120 Posts: 16Registered User New Member
    1.When I went, there were all types of people so it certainly doesn't lessen your chances.

    2.It's a bit competitive but it's certainly not the same as the level of competitiveness in admissions. Being invited to the visit does at least show that they're interested in you. Even if you are invited, the application is open to everybody.

    3.I think that they mention to you that around 75% of those who went to the open house and applied were admitted...and if not that percent, it was still a really high portion.

    4.Visiting a school is probably one of the best ways of seeing how well suited you would be for it. After DIVOH I made it my #1 choice and applied ED.
  • AustroHungarianAustroHungarian Posts: 346Registered User Member
    Thank you very much. It sounds like fun; I think I will apply. :)
  • lacrossemomlacrossemom Posts: 630Registered User Member
    Just faxed my DD application today. Good luck everyone.
  • doctoribachdoctoribach Posts: 335Registered User Member
    Can international students apply ?

    As i read Amherst pays for transportation.Does it pay for international students?
  • AustroHungarianAustroHungarian Posts: 346Registered User Member
    On the Testing information section it says:
    For all tests, if you have taken the test more than once, we are interested in the highest scores. This information is required.

    Does this mean I must put both my SAT I and ACT scores? Or can I choose? Because my ACT (34) is significantly better than my SAT I (2120).
  • GA2012MOMGA2012MOM Posts: 5,127Registered User Senior Member
    Austro, I am not sure if the wording of that means you have to submit ALL tests you have taken, I believe it just means for the tests you are submitting. My D who just graduated, went ahead and sent in both. In her student records, it only showed the highest one of the two. I'm pretty sure you can just send in your ACT, but I don't see any negative in sending in them both, as she did and her scores were lopsided as yours are.
  • AustroHungarianAustroHungarian Posts: 346Registered User Member
    Thank you GA2012 mom. I was wondering if I should call and get that clarified, but I guess I will just be honest that I didn't do as well on the SAT.
  • icwest0213icwest0213 Posts: 63Registered User Junior Member
    are we allowed to superscore our ACT composite? i'm just wondering because they ask for each section of the SAT but not the ACT
  • AustroHungarianAustroHungarian Posts: 346Registered User Member
    I don't think any school superscores the ACT.
  • ThehutisThehutis Posts: 54Registered User Junior Member
    I've also heard that the DivOH boosts your chance of acceptance into the college but don't let that turn into overconfidence ^^.

    I'm also Asian, and an incoming freshman at Amherst (didn't attend the DivOH) but I know a friend who was invited to attend the DivOH but was deferred ED and denied RD. He didn't have bad stats or anything (he'll be at Wesleyan next year).
  • lmpwlmpw Posts: 617Registered User Member
    I would encourage anyone interested in Amherst who gets invited to apply to DIVOH to do it. My daughter graduated in the Class of 11, both parents Ph.Ds, no financial need and she was admitted early decision. Yes, if you attend the DIVOH , your chances of being admitted is something like 75%, they waive your application fee as well (at least when my daughter applied). It certainly made her want to attend Amherst which wasn't even on her list before she got the communications from them. She LOVED Amherst and I would certainly not apply because of what you may stereotypically think of as "diversity". Amherst views diversity in many ways. So, go for it and good luck!!
  • parablue08parablue08 Posts: 4Registered User New Member
    You should definitely apply (even if you weren't invited)! I didn't apply until it was too late and there wasn't any room left... but I still received a fee waiver :) I applied early and was admitted so if you don't get into the DiVOH program for whatever reason, don't sweat it too much!
  • magentaturtlemagentaturtle Posts: 1,139Registered User Senior Member
    When do you hear back from them? I just applied.
  • ljonesljones Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    Hi! Quick question: What exactly is the advantage when you submit your application by the priority deadline? Thanks!
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