New Students

Welcome Class of 2018 and Transfer Students



Welcome to all new students!  When you arrive on campus, the Orientation Program will help you begin your exploration of the range of academic and co-curricular opportunities available at Amherst. Until then, this website should answer many of your questions and assist you in preparing for your first semester. Our staff also work throughout students' time at Amherst to continue helping them maximize their use of resources on campus. So learn, enjoy, and know that we’re delighted to welcome you to Amherst!  More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Important Dates for 2014

Sunday, August 24 — Orientation begins!  New students (including new transfer students) arrive. Please report to Converse Hall Lobby between 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. to pick up your Orientation packet and room key.  If you arrive after 12:00 p.m., you can pick up your packet and room key from Campus Police.

Monday, August 25 — Last event for parents ends at 1:30 p.m. Orientation continues for new students until the start of classes.

Thursday, August 28 - Saturday, August 30 — Whether your interest is immersing yourself in a local community through the  Community Engagement Outdoor Trips (CEOT) , getting outside for a hike or canoe ride with the First Year Outdoor Orientation Trips (FOOT), sharing the intellectual journey of some Amherst Faculty, or taking a day trip, do we have the experience for you!   These options present an incredible opportunity for you to bond with other incoming students, while you spend a few days in the beautiful area surrounding your new home, meeting faculty and upper-class leaders who can answer all your questions.

Monday, September 1 - Opening Convocation, Johnson Chapel

Tuesday, September 2 — First day of classes