Student Health Service

Welcome Letter

Dear New Amherst Students and Families,

Welcome to Amherst College. As an Amherst student, you will be eligible to use the Health Center throughout the academic year. Please feel free to contact us or make an appointment to discuss any health concerns while you are at Amherst. We need to receive certain information from you in order to provide appropriate health care when necessary, to promote the goals of the College, and to comply with state law and regulations. Please refer to the checklist below in order to submit all of the necessary completed information. Forms may be returned by mail (Amherst College, Health Services, Box 5000, Amherst, MA 01002), fax (413-542-2647), or email attachment ( It is imperative that we receive completed immunization forms no later than July 3, 2015.  If your health file is not complete, you will not be able to register for courses when you arrive on campus!

Required Health Forms

All Students:

1. Immunization Form   must be completed by your medical provider. If immunization status is unknown or incomplete, obtain an antibody titer for measles, mumps, rubella, Hepatitis B, and varicella or arrange for re-immunization (as outlined on the attached Immunization Form).  Massachusetts law requires up-to-date immunizations.

2. INSURANCE INFORMATION—In addition to the immunization form, please send us a photocopy of both sides of your health insurance I.D. card and pharmacy benefit I.D. card (if you have waived the Amherst College Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan) by mail or fax (413-542-2647).

Varsity and Club Sport Athletes:

1. Physical Examination   Athletes must have this examination form completed by a licensed medical provider (physician, PA, or nurse practitioner) who is a not a family member. The examination must have been performed within three months of your arrival at Amherst.

2. Pre-participation Health History Form   Athletes must complete and return this form with their other health forms.

3. Sickle Cell Form   If you will be a varsity athlete at Amherst College, ask your medical provider to order a screening test for “sickle cell trait,” if you have not been tested previously.  This is an NCAA requirement. 

4. In addition:

  • If you intend to participate in sports and have recently sustained a serious injury or have undergone related surgery, enclose an operative report and a treatment plan for rehabilitation.
  • If you are currently under medical treatment, enclose a summary of the medical evaluation and treatment plan.
  • If you have had recent injuries or operations (within the last year), enclose a medical report which includes any applicable restrictions or limitations.

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

Warren Morgan, M.D.           
Medical Director