The following is an archive of messages sent out to new students by their class dean. This page will be updated each month as new messages are sent out to students by Dean Vigil.

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Dean of New Students April Message

April 2, 2024: As your Class Dean, I also hope you’re finding ways to manage your time now that you are nearly done with your first year in College.

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Dean of New Students March Message

March 5, 2024: The Thursday before spring break, March 14, I welcome you all to come stop by the First-Year Quad to meet other members of your class, chat with me about how things are going, and make some s’mores!

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Welcome to Your Spring Semester

February 1, 2024: I hope this message finds you settling back into college life, excited if also nervous about all the learning opportunities that await you and eager to participate in the various co-curricular activities at Amherst.

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Wrapping Up the Semester

December 6, 2023: Many of you may already be busy preparing for final papers and exams, and making travel arrangements for the Winter Break. In this message, we explore ways to help you wrap up the semester.

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November Dean of New Students Message

November 7, 2023: I hope you’re all looking forward to the week-long Thanksgiving break. Ideally that week will allow for some rest and rejuvenation before we head into the final weeks of your first semester at Amherst College!

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October Dean of New Students Message

October 5, 2023: October is here! Soon it will be Fall Break, and then Family weekend, followed by Advising week where you’ll select which courses you would like to take in the Spring.

The Amherst College quad in deep fall

Tips & Resources for Navigating Amherst

September 8, 2023: You’ve now completed your first week of classes. This message offers a list of tips for navigating the Amherst classroom and other links and resources that might help you during your first full month on campus.

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Faculty Academic Advisor Q&A

August 11, 2023: Welcome to the herd! This message presents a FAQ related to advising and registration that should help ease your transition to Amherst.