2008 Orientation for First-year and transfer students will be held Aug. 24-Sept. 1.
Dean of New Students
Professor Allen Hart, Dean of New Students, teaches Psychology. He has special responsibilities for first-year and other new students. He may be consulted on matters relating to the general and academic counseling of first-year students, College regulations and requirements, the Orientation Program and the First-Year Seminar courses. Professor Hart is a member of the Committee on Academic Standing and the Prize Committee, and is chairperson of the Orientation Committee.
New Students: Frequently Asked Questions
When will my summer mailings arrive?
When do I register for courses?
When will I learn my housing assignment and roommate?
When can new students move in?
When does Orientation begin?
How long should my parents stay?
Should I get a cell phone?
Where should I bank?
Will there be a chance to go shopping?
When can I use my Amherst e-mail account?
When will I get my Amherst I.D.?
Where can I get proof of enrollment for insurance?
Can I have a car on campus?
A: The "May Mailing" is actually mailed out in late May, so you should expect to receive it in early June. For those who need online access to those forms, they will be posted on the Orientation website starting May 1 and will be available as pdf files. The summer reading assignment will be mailed out in early June, information about off-campus trips during Orientation will be mailed out in early June, and roommate assignments, post office boxes and a final informational packet will go out in early August.
A: During the summer, you will receive a packet with information about First-Year Seminars, and you will fill out a sheet indicating your preferences. This is the only course you will register for prior to arriving on campus. This mailing will also include a form called the "Academic Portfolio" which will assist us in assigning you an advisor, but is not used to assign classes. On the second day of Orientation, Monday August 25, you will meet with a faculty advisor to discuss your interests and choose your fall semester courses.
A: Residential Life will mail out housing assignments and roommate information in mid-August.
A: New students can move in on August 24, 2008. Keys will be available in Converse Hall during the welcome morning, and after that will be available at the Campus Police department which is open 24 hours.
A: Orientation begins the morning of August 24 and officially ends on the first day of classes, September 2, although activities continue throughout the first week of classes.
A: We have events scheduled for parents during the day on Sunday, August 24 and in the morning on Monday, August 25. Events scheduled after lunch on Monday are for students only.
A: The majority of students use cell phones. When purchasing a phone and plan, you should check with the carrier to verify that they have coverage in the Amherst area.
A: There is a page of "General Information for New Students" in your May Mailing and after May 1 available online as a pdf. It lists local banks and their telephone numbers. There is an ATM machine in the Campus Center, which charges a fee for use.
A: There are two mall trips during Orientation, and local buses make hourly trips between Amherst College and the nearby shopping centers.
A: In mid-June, your e-mail account will be activated and our IT department will mail you your username and password, and instructions for logging on and using your Amherst e-mail. Check the IT for New Students page for more information and updates.
A: You will receive your I.D. in your New Student packet which you will receive on the first day of Orientation in Converse Hall. By July 1, you should have submitted a passport-sized photo to our Public Affairs Office, which will be used to create your student I.D.
A:Please complete the "Certification Request Form" available on the Registrar's Office website.
First-year students are not eligible to receive a parking permit. Exceptions to this rule are rarely granted, only in cases of medical or family emergency, and only with the permission of the Dean of New Students.