Access to Moodle sites is controlled by automatic feeds of information from our central registration system (ACData). Faculty cannot add students directly to a Moodle site. Thus, most Moodle access issues are addressed not within Moodle, but in coordination with the Registrar

Amherst Students

  • If an Amherst student is officially registered for a course, they will automatically be added to the Moodle site for that course.
  • If they drop the course, they will automatically be removed.
  • Students: note that you will not see your courses in Moodle until the week before classes begin. 

Petition Process

  • Amherst and Five College students may request access to a Moodle site through a process called petitioning.
  • This is a way to get access to a Moodle site while waiting for your official registration to be processed, or while deciding which classes to take. 
  • This process has nothing to do with official course registration, and petitioner access will be removed after add/drop.
  • Instructions for submitting a petition request are here. 

Five College Students

Classroom Assistants and TA's


 High School Students

  • High school students who have successfully registered for a course will be issued an Amherst College account and addded to the Moodle site for the course.
  • They need to visit the IT Help Desk on the first floor of Seeley Mudd and provide a photo ID to receive their log in information. 

Guests and Outside Collaborators

  • Faculty may choose to enable guest access for their Moodle sites.
  • View a list of guest accessible Moodle sites.
  • Guest privileges within a course vary from course-to-course but usually exclude activites and some resources. 
  • Outside collaborators who need full access but do not have an Amherst account can sometimes be added with their Google or Facebook account. Contact AskIT to request access for them.