First-Year Resources

Ashley Maitland, Assistant Director of Residential Life and Coordinator of First-Year Experience

  • Ashley supervises James, Stearns and Charles-Pratt residence halls.

Sophie Koff, Assistant Director of Residential Life and Coordinator of Orientation

  • Sophie supervises Appleton, North, South, and Williston residence halls.

Dean Lopez, Dean of New Students

  • Dean Lopez is a Professor of History and Environmental Studies and also serves as the Dean of New Students.

Academic Planning for First-Year Students

  • The Amherst curriculum offers both flexibility and independence, and rewards initiative. Students work with faculty advisors to devise a plan of study from among 850 courses at the College and thousands more through the Five Colleges.

First Year Loeb Seminar: Finding Your Foundation

  • The Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning will help you identify your skills, and understand how your values, culture and family influence your thinking about work and careers.

First-Year Write In

  • The Writing Center invites you to join fellow first-years in a regular write-in just for you.

Transportation Options

  • What are the alternatives to having a car?

Campus Resources

Academic Calendar

Center for Community Engagement

The Center for Community Engagement provides faculty and students with opportunities to engage the world in sustained, collaborative, reflective and meaningful ways that enrich an innovative liberal arts education.

Health, Wellness & Safety

Student health and well-being are paramount at Amherst. Our health center offers direct patient care.

Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning

The Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning offers resources and advising to help you consider and shape your own way forward through internships, networking, jobs, alumni connections, or reflection on how your academic experiences, interests, skills, and values can align with a meaningful career.

Moss Quantitative Center

The Moss Quantitative Center (Q Center) is here to assist students in quantitative fields.

Multicultural Resource Center

The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) at Amherst College serves to create a more inclusive campus by acknowledging and celebrating the diverse experiences of Amherst community members.

Office of Campus Diversity & Student Leadership

The Office of Campus Diversity & Student Leadership (CDSL) supports first-generation, low-income, transfer, veteran, and undocumented/DACA students, and cultivates leadership development opportunities for all students.

Office of Religious & Spiritual Life

Staff members of the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life are happy to support you in your religious and spiritual exploration and practice. 

Office of Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs supports you in achieving a rigorous and valuable Amherst education, while enjoying your years at Amherst. We build programs and services that foster an exciting intellectual life, as well as leadership and social experiences, to help you thrive in all aspects of your life.

Queer Resource Center

The mission of the Queer Resource Center is to affirm, celebrate, and support the queer and transgender community at Amherst College.

Sexual Respect and Title IX

Sexual harassment and sexual violence are forms of sex discrimination. Amherst College is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination, including based upon sex.

Women's and Gender Center

The Women's and Gender Center seeks to foster a critical awareness of gender and create an intentional space, accessible to students of all genders, that will serve as a resource and forum for topics and issues related specifically to women and, more broadly, to the experience of gender.

Writing Center

Whether you are a student working on a paper or presentation for a class, a novelist giving a public reading of your most recent work, or a professor seeking to design an effective writing or speaking assignment, the Writing Center is eager to talk with you.