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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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.

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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.