New Students

Important Information for Students and their Families

New Student Guide

The Freshman Dean’s Office has prepared A New Student Guide to gather in one place most of the information found useful – often essential – by new students and their families.  

Coming to College: Suggestions for Parents and Guardians

Your son/daughter is about to begin one of the biggest adventures of their life. College is a turning point for both the soon-to-be-college student and their parent. It is a time when both are leaving familiar roles and looking forward to the future with both anticipation and some anxiety. College students are young adults who, often for the first time, will be living in an environment where they are responsible for their own decisions and lifestyle. The first year may be particularly challenging for students as they transition to living on campus at Amherst College

Student I.D. Card information

Photo Request from the Office of Public Affairs and Dining Services:  The Public Affairs Office and Dining Services requested that you upload a photograph of yourself which will be used for your student I.D. card as well as in the print and electronic campus directories, often accessed by your faculty for class facebooks. Your photo should be “portrait orientation,” at least 300 pixels wide and saved as a JPG.

Department Information

 

 

Important Dates and Deadlines: Please check back for updates

2014

Fri, May 30, 2014

Amherst E-Mail accounts activated for new students

Please be aware that all students are assigned an official Amherst College email address, and all official college communications are sent to this email address. Your email address will be included in in your welcome E-Mail information. At Amherst College, we rely on electronic communications with students, and it is the College’s policy that email be an official mechanism for administrative offices and faculty to communicate with students, so that we can provide you with accurate and timely information about matters which affect you, as well as important aspects of your academic work.

Welcome E-Mail to New Students

You will receive your first email from Dean of New Students about your arrival at Amherst and Orientation. That email will have a great amount of information for you to read, and several required forms to complete. The May 31st email will provide answers and guidance about your arrival at Amherst and the various things which you and your family need to know before you get here. It will also guide you as you begin to think about what courses you might like to take during your first semester – these ideas will be finalized when you meet with a faculty advisor during Orientation.

Sun, Jun 1, 2014

Deadline: Photo for Student ID

The Office of Public Affairs contacted incoming students to request a photo by June 1.

Beginning April 1, you’ll be able to log in to www.amherst.edu to create your own web page; upload text,photos and other content; meet classmates with similar interests; and browse a photo gallery of your class.

To populate the photo gallery, we need your photo! (This picture will also be used as your I.D. picture.
Submitting your photo now means that you won’t have to stand in the I.D. photo line at Orientation.)

Sun, Jun 15, 2014

Deadline: First Year Housing Questionaire

The questionnaire is designed to give us information about personal habits and environmental preferences. The information that you provide will help us to determine your housing assignment and your future roommate. It is important you take your time to go through the questionnaire as carefully and as honestly as possible.

Academic, Family, and Housing Questionnaires: Deadline, June 15, 2014

These are required forms in ACData which must be completed. If you are unable to complete these forms online, please feel free to the call the Dean of Students Office at 1-413-542-2336 to request assistance.

Sat, Jul 5, 2014

Health Forms: Deadline, July 5, 2014

The Health Forms are in the Portable Document Format (PDF), and you must print, complete, and return these forms to Health Services via mail, fax, or as email attachments. These forms are required components of your pre-registration medical file at Amherst College. Massachusetts Law requires up-to-date immunizations or blood tests verifying immunity.