New Student Action II Greetings from Dean O'Hara
Dear New Students,
In a few short weeks you will be joining us here at Amherst College. We are getting ready for you! For both first year students and new transfer students, the name of your Orientation Advisor is listed on AC_Data. First year students will also see their First Year Seminar assignment. Over 90% of First Year Students got into one of your top three FYSE choices.
This last summer e-mail directs you to New Student Action II where you will find instructions for accessing the Course Catalog as you begin to put together your draft schedule for the Fall semester. You will meet with your Orientation Advisor on Tuesday August 27th. Your task is to think about what you hope to accomplish here at Amherst College, and on the basis of that, identify at least six potential courses that will help you to reach these goals. When you leave your advisor’s office, you will have a set of “approved” preferred courses, from which you will choose three (first year students) or four (transfers) to officially register after you visit with the Registrar’s staff.
It is a challenge for many new students to know the proper starting class for them. Personalized placement recommendations have been made for you by the faculty in Math and Chemistry and should be available to you in AC_Data under "Tests and Placement." These recommendations are based on your performance on standardized tests, your transcript, and other indices in the materials you have sent to us. Several departments give placement exams during Orientation should you wish to "place out" of an introductory course based on your knowledge or past experience. You should consult department web pages on placement to discover the most up-to-date information about study in these disciplines.
While an electronic version of the Orientation schedule can be found online, and you will be given a hard copy at check in on Sunday morning, August 25th starting at 9 AM in Converse Hall, we will also be listing all of the Orientation events on your Calendar in your My Amherst page (check the upper right hand corner of the College's main webpage) shortly.
Thank you so much for your participation in the e-CHECKUP TO GO program. As of this writing, nearly ¾ of you have already responded, but we are still shy of full compliance. Please don’t delay your Orientation check-in on August 25th! Do it today! Your voice matters to us - early feedback revealed a lack of sufficient sensitivity in some of the questions with respect to an implied causal link between alcohol and sexual assault. After conversation with the professional staff at eCHECKUP TO GO, the questions have been rewritten. Thank you to those who took the time to give us this feedback.
Many members of the College community have taken part in planning Orientation, and many more will be engaged in carrying it out. All of us – members of the faculty, staff, administration, and student body – hope it will prove a pleasant and rewarding period for you. I look forward to greeting you here at Amherst in a few weeks. I hope the remaining days of your summer are pleasant ones, and that you share my excitement about the beginning of the Fall term.
LAST MINUTE NOTES
The Amherst Women's Network has set up a new mentorship program that will pair entering women students of the class of 2017 with upperclasswomen mentors. Any new student who is interested is encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, you can follow the Amherst Women's Network on Twitter, @ACWomensNetwork, or find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmherstWomensNetwork
If you haven’t already done so, upper class students want you to know that you can get the inside scoop on the life at Amherst by signing into the official Facebook page for the class of 2017, here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/126469504178224/
Here’s some news from our Community Engagement Outreach Trips (CEOT). There is still time to sign up for the Orienation Events August 28th-31st.