Welcome Letter

Dear New Amherst Students and Families,

Welcome to Amherst College! We need to receive certain information from you in order to provide appropriate advice and care, to promote the goals of the College, and to comply with state law and regulations. Please refer to the list below in order to submit all of the necessary completed information. 

First-year Health Forms are available on the Patient Portal. You can log into the patient portal using your Amherst College credentials, once your Amherst credentials are set-up.  If your health file is not complete, your course registration will be placed on hold. 

Required Health Forms for All First Year or Transfer Students

New Student First Year Form 2024:

  • Please log on to the Keefe Health Center Patient Portal to access and complete your required First-Year Health Forms.  Completed Forms are due July 10th, 2024.  

    Massachusetts law requires up-to-date immunizations as outlined in the forms. These forms are only necessary once, when arriving for your first year.

Per Massachusetts law the record must include:

  • Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) series and booster within the last 10 years
  • Three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine 
  • Two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine
  • Two doses of varicella vaccine if no history of chicken pox disease
  • Meningococcal ACWY vaccine or a waiver declination

Other vaccines are recommended including Covid-19, Influenza, Meningococcal B, Hepatitis A, and Gardasil (HPV).     Additionally, if a student is at high risk for exposure to TB, documentation of a Mantoux Skin test is required within 6 months prior to arrival at Amherst College. 

If you are requesting an exemption from the Massachusetts required vaccinations, please reach out to the Health Center at: healthservice@amherst.edu.

Insurance Information

The student insurance health forms, insurance waiver, and other materials will be available at the Gallagher            insurance website (see Gallagher Student Insurance for more details.) If you have waived the Amherst                     College student insurance plan, please log on to the Patient Portal and enter your insurance information in the 'Insurance' tab of the portal. There, you can upload a photocopy of both sides of your health insurance ID card and pharmacy benefit ID card. (Click here for example). 

NOTE: Please upload your insurance information that you will be using for the coming academic year. Please do not upload your current insurance information if it is not going to be used. 

Thank you for your assistance in meeting these college requirements. If you have any questions regarding these forms, please contact the Keefe Health Center’s Office at 413-542-2267 or healthservice@amherst.edu.

Keefe Health Center
PO Box 5000
95 College Street
Amherst MA 01002
Phone (413) 542-2267
Fax (413) 542-2647
Email: healthservice@amherst.edu