阿默斯特学院(Amherst College)留学文书写作指南(2019版)


本校采用Common Application作为官方认可的网申系统,可能还至少需要完成一篇标准的Common Essay

写文书 At Amherst we know that identity is more than checkboxes. If you would like to share more about your identity, background, family, culture or community, please tell us more here.

翻译: 在阿默斯特我们知道身份不仅是在选项上打勾。如果你希望分享更多关于你身份、背景、家庭、文化或社区的情况,请在这里告诉我们。



写文书 Please briefly elaborate on an extracurricular activity or work experience of particular significance to you.




写文书 If you have engaged in significant research in the natural sciences, mathematics, computer science, social sciences or humanities that was undertaken independently of your high school curriculum, please provide a brief description of the research project.





Please respond to one of the following quotations in an essay. It is not necessary to research, read, or refer to the texts from which these quotations are taken; we are looking for original, personal responses to these short excerpts. Remember that your essay should be personal in nature and not simply an argumentative essay.

  • 写文书 "Rigorous reasoning is crucial in mathematics, and insight plays an important secondary role these days. In the natural sciences, I would say that the order of these two virtues is reversed. Rigor is, of course, very important. But the most important value is insight---insight into the workings of the world. It may be because there is another guarantor of correctness in the sciences, namely, the empirical evidence from observation and experiments."
    ---Kannan Jagannathan, Professor of Physics, Amherst College
  • 写文书 "Translation is the art of bridging cultures. It's about interpreting the essence of a text, transporting its rhythms and becoming intimate with its meaning… Translation, however, doesn't only occur across languages: mentally putting any idea into words is an act of translation; so is composing a symphony, doing business in the global market, understanding the roots of terrorism. No citizen, especially today, can exist in isolation—that is, untranslated.”
    ---Ilan Stavans, Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture, Amherst College, Robert Croll '16 and Cedric Duquene '15, from "Interpreting Terras Irradient," Amherst Magazine, Spring 2015.
  • 写文书 "Creating an environment that allows students to build lasting friendships, including those that cut across seemingly entrenched societal and political boundaries… requires candor about the inevitable tensions, as well as about the wonderful opportunities, that diversity and inclusiveness create.”
    ---Carolyn "Biddy" Martin, President of Amherst College, Letter to Amherst College Alumni and Families, December 28, 2015.
  • 写文书 "Difficulty need not foreshadow despair or defeat. Rather achievement can be all the more satisfying because of obstacles surmounted."
    ---Attributed to William Hastie, Amherst Class of 1925, the first African-American to serve as a judge for the United States Court of Appeals


  • “严密的推理在数学中是至关重要的,近来洞察力也会扮演重要的辅助角色。但在自然科学中,我得承认这两个美德的次序要颠倒过来。严密当然还是很重要的。但最重要的价值在于洞察力——对世界运作原理的洞悉。这或许是因为科学里有另一个保证正确性的因素的缘故,即由观察和实验得来的经验证据。”
    ---Kannan Jagannathan,阿默斯特学院物理教授
  • “翻译是连接不同文化的艺术。翻译是关于阐释文本的内在,转递它的韵律以及亲近它的含义……然而翻译并不只是针对语言而言——把任何想法灌注到词里都可以视为是翻译的一种,而谱写交响乐、进行国际贸易或理解恐怖主义的根源也属于翻译。尤其是在今天,没有公民能孤立存在,或者换种说法,拒绝翻译而存在。”
    ---Ilan Stavans,阿默斯特学院拉丁美洲与拉丁文化教授,与两位学生Robert Croll与Cedric Duquene合著的文章《阐释“光耀大地”》,发表于2015年春校刊。“光耀大地”(Terras Irradient)为阿默斯特校训
  • “创造一个让学生突破社会和政治藩篱而建立长久友谊的环境……需要坦率直面多元文化和兼容并蓄的议题。它们既会不可避免造成紧张,又能同时创造妙不可言的机会。”
    ---Carolyn “Biddy” Martin,阿默斯特学院校长,致校友和校友家属的信,2015年12月28日
  • “困难并不预兆着绝望或失败。克服的障碍往往带来更大的满足感。”
    ---据称是William Hastie所言。阿默斯特学院1925级毕业生,美国联邦上诉法院的第一位黑人法官





Please submit a graded paper from your junior or senior year that best represents your writing skills and analytical abilities. We are particularly interested in your ability to construct a tightly reasoned, persuasive argument that calls upon literary, sociological or historical evidence. You should NOT submit a laboratory report, journal entry, creative writing sample or in-class essay.






2015-2016 [+]

Please respond to one of the following quotations in an essay. It is not necessary to research, read, or refer to the texts from which these quotations are taken; we are looking for original, personal responses to these short excerpts. Remember that your essay should be personal in nature and not simply an argumentative essay.

  • “Literature is the best way to overcome death. My father, as I said, is an actor. He’s the happiest man on earth when he’s performing, but when the show is over, he’s sad and troubled. I wish he could live in the eternal present, because in the theater everything remains in memories and photographs. Literature, on the other hand, allows you to live in the present and to remain in the pantheon of the future. Literature is a way to say, I was here, this is what I thought, this is what I perceived. This is my signature, this is my name.”
    ---Ilán Stavans, Professor of Spanish, Amherst College. From “The Writer in Exile: an interview with Ilán Stavans” by Saideh Pakravan for the Fall 1993 issue of The Literary Review.
  • “It seems to me incumbent upon this and other schools’ graduates to recognize their responsibility to the public interest...unless the graduates of this college…are willing to put back into our society those talents, the broad sympathy, the understanding, the compassion... then obviously the presuppositions upon which our democracy are based are bound to be fallible.”
    ---John F. Kennedy, at the ground breaking for the Amherst College Frost Library, October 26, 1963
  • “Stereotyped beliefs have the power to become self-fulfilling prophesies for behavior.”
    ---Elizabeth Aries, Professor of Psychology, Amherst College. From her book Men and Women in Interaction, Reconsidering the Difference.


  • “文学是胜过死亡的最好方式。我的父亲,正如我之前说的,是个演员。当他表演时他是世上最高兴的人,但演出结束后,他却充满了忧愁烦恼。我希望他能活在永恒的当下,因为对于演艺事业,一切还保留在回忆录和照片中。另一方面,文学同样让你活在当下并留在未来的万神殿中。文学是表达“我在这儿、这是我所想的、这是我所观察到的、这是我的特质、这是我的名字”的一种途径。”
  • “我觉得有必要让这所学院以及其他学院的毕业生们认识到他们对于公众利益的责任。除非这所学院的毕业生们愿意用他们的才能、广博的同情心、理解能力和慈悲回馈社会,很显然的,那些我们的民主所建立其上的前提会注定失败。”
  • “先入为主的信念在行为上会成就自我应验预言。”






答:如果你选择提交SAT成绩,那么你需要提交SAT和两门SAT Subject成绩来满足录取标准。如果你提交了多次SAT成绩,学校会对成绩进行拼分。如果你申请的是常规录取,我们强烈建议你在12月31日之前完成考试。如果你坚持要在一月份进行考试,学校希望你先在网上查询自己的成绩,然后打印出你的分数报告并尽快传真给学校录取办公室,传真号码是413-542-2040。







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