New Students

LEAP programs

A few days into Orienation, you will begin an immersive LEAP (learn | explore | activate | participate) program. The seven LEAP programs will run from Thursday Aug. 28 morning to Saturday Aug. 30 afternoon. Participation in one of the LEAP programs is mandatory for all incoming students. All LEAP programs are free.

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The goals of the LEAP programs are:

  • Build community and help new students make long-lasting friendships
  • Facilitate collaborative learning and discovery
  • Challenge students in supportive contexts to move outside of their comfort zones

The seven LEAP programs are:

Click on each program link for more information! 

Instructions for completing the LEAP Program Selection form (in AC Data)

As a part of New Student Action 1, you must select your LEAP program preferences in AC Data. By June 15, you will need to: (1) log into AC Data, (2) click on “Academic and Orientation Selections,” which is under “New Students,” and (3) complete “The LEAP Program Selection” form.

The LEAP Program Selection form will ask you to list your top 5 choices. Read the descriptions of all 7 programs carefully before you list your preferences. Note that some of the LEAP programs occur entirely off-campus during the 2.5 days. We guarantee that you will be placed in one of the 5 LEAP programs that you include in your rankings. If you don't want to be in a prorgam, don't select it! The Office of Student Affairs will let you know your LEAP program assignment in July.

For general questions about the LEAP programs, contact Stacia Bourne in the Office of Student Affairs (orientation@amherst.edu). For specific information about each program, contact the program directors who are listed on the individual LEAP program webpages. For information about completing the AC Data forms that are a part of New Student Action 1, click here.  

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