477 members of the Class of 2019 will be descending upon the Pioneer Valley this fall as they matriculate to Amherst College. Among those descending upon the Pioneer Valley will be a calligrapher and the founder of an organic farm. As we’ve written many times on the pages of this college admissions blog, highly selective colleges love their farmers. There just aren’t enough of them. Cornell in particular loves their farmers…for their College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. But, anyhow, back to Amherst College, a university that consistently ranks at or near the very top of the “US News & World Report’s” best liberal arts college ranking.
According to an article on Amherst’s Class of 2019 in “The Amherst Student,” the independent newspaper of Amherst College, “Members of the class of 2019 weathered a highly competitive admissions process: The college received a record 8,568 applications this year. Amherst admitted 1,210 of those applicants, making for a 14.1 percent acceptance rate. ‘The class of 2019 is another amazing group of talented, caring, engaged, bright individuals who will make a difference in our lives at Amherst and beyond,’ said Dean of Admission Cate Zolkos. Twenty new transfer students also participated in Amherst’s orientation this week. Students arrived at Amherst from 28 countries and 41 states, plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Forty-four percent of first-years are American students of color, including a record-setting 10 Native American students. In 2014, the Office of Admission stepped up its efforts to recruit Native American applicants, adding a special program for Native students as part of its Diversity Open House programming.”
Surely Amherst would have preferred to enroll students from all 50 states. We’re not certain which states aren’t represented in the Amherst Class of 2019 but, as we’ve said for many years, having a pulse in Nebraska or South Dakota can really help an applicant’s chances for admission (yes, we said it…we always do!). If we’ve offended students in Nebraska and South Dakota, we make no apologies. These students should be happy they have easier odds of admission than do students from New York, California, Texas, and lots of other better represented states.