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Amherst Class of 2021 ED Discussion Thread


Replies to: Amherst Class of 2021 ED Discussion Thread

  • AsleepAtTheWheelAsleepAtTheWheel Registered User Posts: 1,276 Senior Member
    Hopefully he/she won't show up at the wrong school in September!
  • CottonTalesCottonTales Registered User Posts: 942 Member
    edited December 2016
    Eh, at least will just be around the corner. :) The PVTA is efficient.
  • preppedparentpreppedparent Registered User Posts: 3,313 Senior Member
    Completely disagree with 2020. If you have strong enough stats to apply to Amherst (but were still deferred), shoot for the moon, don't take it as a sign you have to apply to "lesser" schools. My daughter did not get into Amherst on ED1, and when her counselor called Admissions, the feedback was "we already have one of those." Amherst is a small school. If you get rejected or deferred, it doesn't mean you aren't qualified. She eventually got into ivies, and other world class universities, and got an OOS Regents and Chancellors Scholarship to Berkeley where she currently studies, looking ahead to business schools. Don't despair! For all those deferred, there are as good and better colleges awaiting your app!
  • AmherstClass2020AmherstClass2020 Registered User Posts: 87 Junior Member
    @preppedparent Did you read my entire comment? I noted that those deferred should still apply to other schools of similar caliber, but that it couldn't hurt to make sure to apply to some lesser schools just in case Amherst isn't an outlier. Your daughter, in fact, might be the outlier: most students deferred/rejected ED at Amherst probably wouldn't have a good shot at the ivies.

    It's good to be optimistic, as well as realistic.
  • preppedparentpreppedparent Registered User Posts: 3,313 Senior Member
    @2020 we are going to have to agree to disagree. <<Most students deferred/rejected ED at Amherst probably wouldn't have a good shot at the ivies." Totally disagree. Amherst is very small with few seats. The larger research ivy universities have more spaces. They both take top students. Amherst is trying to put together a "diverse" class with multiple diversities, so they pick "one" of everything. Ivies are looking for leaders. Its very conceivable that a student wouldn't get picked for Amherst, but would by an ivy or even two!
  • AmherstClass2020AmherstClass2020 Registered User Posts: 87 Junior Member
    @preppedparent I'm sure you know more about Amherst than I do. Not like I go here or something.
  • Sunny66Sunny66 Registered User Posts: 253 Junior Member
    @AmherstClass2020 Thanks for taking the time to share your insights as a current student. I did not read @preppedparent as trying to be an authority on Amherst, but instead using his/her experience with admissions at other schools with low acceptance rates. I think he/she was complimenting Amherst and its competitive admissions and stating that a rejection or deferment (i.e., likely rejection) from Amherst does not necessarily predict rejection from other schools of a high caliber, including Ivies. @preppedparent was trying to give your school a compliment, so I suggest taking it as such, as it will reflect better on you.
  • preppedparentpreppedparent Registered User Posts: 3,313 Senior Member
    thanks, @Sunny66 exactly right.
  • OHMomof2OHMomof2 Registered User Posts: 12,224 Senior Member
    Attending Amherst doesn't make one an authority on college admissions, there or in general.

    There is often significant overlap between top Us and top LACs, and indeed sometimes top stats students get into one/some and not others and there is little to nothing that is clear about why school X accepted and school Y didn't. Especially when looking at very small schools. Thinking one can say "oh you will get into X because you got into Y" is just an extension of the ridiculous "Chance Me" threads on this site, in which kids try to predict the unpredictable.

    The advice to have a good mix of reaches, matches and likelies is still good advice. A rejection from the ED school simply means the matches and likelies become more important, but they should have been on the list all along.
  • ThankYouforHelpThankYouforHelp Registered User Posts: 1,295 Senior Member
    Naviance tells me that at the high school where my daughter attends, it is statistically easier for a student to gain admittance to most of the Ivy League than to Amherst, particularly Penn, Brown, Cornell and Columbia. Heck, no one was accepted to Amherst for seven years straight, while in the same time period, 15 were accepted to Stanford.

    So your mileage may vary.
  • DannyK99DannyK99 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    On a different note, I may be late to this party, but do we, the Amherst ED Class of 2021, or just class of 2021 in general, have some kind of facebook group or groupme? I'd love to get to meet some of you guys ahead of time :)
  • AsleepAtTheWheelAsleepAtTheWheel Registered User Posts: 1,276 Senior Member
    Writing as someone who's followed the Amherst threads here on CC for a number of years -- there are plenty of kids who've been rejected from Amherst who've been admitted to Ivy's and other highly selective schools. That one is a no-brainer.
  • PickmenPickmen Registered User Posts: 120 Junior Member
    Agree with Thankyouforhelp. D was accepted early to Amherst, which was a great surprise (she's non-URM, non-legacy, non-athlete, non-first gen., comes from an affluent zip code etc). While she had strong scores and grades, I would figure that most applicants to Amherst would have similar stats. Her ECs were good but nothing stellar. No major awards apart from the usual (National Merit, AP scholar etc.), no book publications or groundbreaking research papers published. Interestingly, her school's naviance showed her odds much better at Penn, Cornell, Dartmouth etc. as virtually no one has gotten into Amherst there in the last 3 yrs. Perhaps going ED gave her an edge...
  • dancingphysicistdancingphysicist Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    edited December 2016
    @DannyK99 I don't think there's an official facebook group for the Class of 2021 yet. I don't know how these things usually work, but maybe you could create one and post the link here? I'd love to start getting to know the class too
  • chicorymomchicorymom Registered User Posts: 49 Junior Member
    @dancingphysicist there is an unofficial one (fb page) -- i don't think they will pull together an official one until the RD's come out?
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