New Students

New Students

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Rick López
Dean of New Students
Associate Professor of History & Environmental Studies

As a new student at Amherst College, you are bound to have questions.  Orientation is designed around you, helping to uncover the answers to the questions you have, and providing you information about campus resources, programs and services. STAY TUNED for detailed information and important dates regarding Orientation, required forms and their deadlines.

On June 1st, the Office of Student Affairs will contact you at the email address you used with the Admission Office.  You will be asked to submit the following information  online by June 15.                

  • First-Year Seminar Selection Form
  • Advising Portfolio
  • First-Year Housing Questionnaire
  • Contact and Emergency Notification Form
  • Family Information Form
  • Family Communication Preference Form
  • Health Services Form
  • Accessibility Services Form

 It is extremely important that you complete the forms by June 15, so that we can process your materials smoothly.  The following information will also be available:

  • New Student Orientation and Trip Information
  • 2015-16 Academic Calendar

Tuesday, September 1Orientation begins!  New students (including new transfer students) arrive. Please arrive on campus between 9:00 a.m. and noon to pick up your Orientation packet and room key. If you arrive after noon, you can pick up your packet and room key from Campus Police.

  • Last event for parents ends at 7:30 p.m. Orientation continues for new students until the start of classes.

Wednesday, September 2- Registering for Classes: Your academic advisor will be assigned to you over the summer.

Monday, September 7 - Opening Convocation, Johnson Chapel

Tuesday, September 8 — First day of classes

 As Dean of New Students, I am responsible for your orientation to the College and for helping to guide you through your first year at Amherst College. Whether you are starting college for the first time or are an incoming transfer student, you can turn to me for any help you might need with academic or other issues.