Programs for Admitted First-Year Students

Every April, after all applicants have been notified of our admission decision, the Amherst College Office of Admission sponsors several events for admitted students: on-line chats with current Amherst students; on-campus open houses; and admitted student receptions across the country. More detailed information is provided to admitted students in early April, but the information below will give you a sense of the types of programs offered. Please note that these events are open to admitted first-year students only, whether admitted through Early Decision or Regular Decision.

On-Line Chats with Current Students

Each April, the Admission Office hosts several on-line chat sessions for admitted first-year students. These sessions are scheduled on a variety of days and times to accommodate students who live in different time zones, including international students. During these chats, current Amherst students will be available to answer your questions about the Amherst experience — academics, research and internship opportunities, social life, housing, food, climate. You name it, they'll know about it! On-line chat sessions for admitted students will be announced in early April.

On-Campus Open Houses

Every April, the Admission Office hosts two on-campus, open house programs for admitted first-year students: a "Day Open House" and an "Overnight Open House." Admitted students may choose to attend one of the two available Open Houses. Overnight accommodations with a current Amherst student host are arranged by the Admission Office for the Overnight Open House program.  

The Open Houses provide a great opportunity for admitted students to sample life at Amherst through the first-hand experiences of attending classes, meeting faculty, talking with students, seeing the campus, and (for students attending the Overnight Open House) staying in the residence halls.

Detailed open house schedules are not finalized until early each spring and are then provided to all newly admitted students, but you can peruse the 2017 Open House programs to get a sense of the kinds of events that usually take place.

Day Open House Program 2017
Overnight Open House Program 2017

Local Alumni Receptions

Each April, the Office of Admission and local chapters of the Amherst Alumni Association host receptions for admitted first-year students in major cities across the country — Boston, Washington DC, New York, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.  These receptions provide an opportunity to learn more about the College, meet local alumni (who are eager to talk with you about their experiences at Amherst!),  and connect with future classmates. Dates, times and locations of alumni receptions for newly admitted students will be announced in early April.