New Students

Welcome New First-Year and Transfer Students

Orientation 2015

As a new student at Amherst College, you are bound to have questions. Orientation is designed around you, to answer your questions and provide you with all the information you need about campus resources, programs and services. STAY TUNED for detailed information and important dates regarding Orientation, required forms and other deadlines.

Note: International Students: See information on international student arrival.

Tuesday, September 1—Orientation Begins!
New students (including new transfer students) arrive.

  • Please arrive on campus between 7:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to pick up your Orientation packet and room key at the FIRST YEAR QUAD. If you arrive after 12:30 p.m., you can pick up your packet and room key in the McCaffrey Room in the Keefe Campus Center.
  • Last event for parents ends at 7:30 p.m. Orientation continues for new students until the start of classes.

Wednesday, September 2—Register for Classes
Your academic advisor will be assigned to you over the summer.

Monday, September 7—Convocation
Opening Convocation will take place in Johnson Chapel.

Tuesday, September 8—First day of Classes
Classes begin.


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