New Students

New Student Action 2

The following email was sent to first-year students and new transfer students on August 11, 2014.

Course Selection

Beginning a Conversation on Student Rights and Responsibilities

  • Honor Code
  • Sexual Respect and Title IX
  • MANDATORY ACTION ITEM: e-CHECKUP TO GO: All new students are expected to complete the online Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO program prior to the start of Orientation (Sunday, August 24), thus allowing the College to have a common foundation of which to dialogue about expectations, opportunities and our community standards. Please make the time to complete this program. It should only take about 20-30 minutes to complete.

    In order for you to get credit for completing the program, you must:

    1. Visit
    2. Complete each assessment page
    3. Review each feedback page
    4. Complete the Verification of Completion. On the final feedback page ("Resources"), click the button that says "Verify Your Completion of the eCHECKUP TO GO"
    5. Follow the on-screen instructions and complete all pages of the Verification. When completing the Verification, please enter your Amherst College email address.

LEAP Program Risk Release

  • All incoming students have been placed in a LEAP program; LEAP program assignments were emailed to incoming students on July 14. LEAP programs begin on Thursday, August 28. Morning meet-up times and locations are listed in the Event Schedule for Orientation.
  • MANDATORY ACTION ITEM: Before Sunday, August 24, all incoming students are required to read the LEAP Program Risk Release and to sign the agreement
    • Students who are 18 years old or older (as of Aug. 11): Read the agreement here. Log into AC Data and sign the Risk Release. The form to sign is called "Orientation Risk Release" and it is located under the "New Students" menu in AC Data.
    • Students who are 17 years old or younger (as of Aug. 11): A copy of the agreement has been emailed to you. Print, read, and co-sign the agreement with your parent or guardian. Return the completed form to the Office of Student Affairs: Email it to; fax it to 413-542-8488; or mail it to Stacia Bourne / Office of Student Affairs / Amherst College / Amherst, MA 01002.

Event Schedule and Information About Some Events

Digital Literacy at Amherst

Arrival Information and Reminders

  • All new students are expected to arrive for Orientation on Sunday, August 24 between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Your day starts with check-in in the front lobby of Converse Hall. Room keys and Orientation packets will be available there, and upper class students will be there to greet you and answer questions. Orientation Leaders and Resident Counselors (RCs) will be present in the residence halls to meet you and help you settle into your room.
  • Should you arrive later than noon on Sunday, you can pick up your room key at the Campus Police Department, which is in the Service Building. Should we have any weather disruptions, please check your email and the College’s website for up-to-date information about postponements or closures.
  • Your residence hall and roommate assignment was entered into AC Data on August 9. If you have any questions regarding housing, please contact Karen Racz at or 413-542-2161.
  • Check the Residential Life Calendar before you consider when to book travel tickets home for Thanksgiving or Winter Recess.

New Student Guide