IT Services

Communication & Collaboration

Alumni Email Forwarding

Upon request, the College will provide any alumnus or alumna with a forwarding email address in the form:

Cable TV

Amherst College supplies cable TV to all dorm rooms and many other spaces on campus. For the full list of channels, please see the Amherst Cable TV Channel Lineup.

Campus Phones

Amherst College maintains a Siemens PBX telephone system that provides unrestricted access from most academic and administrative offices, and restricted access from most building entrance phones, dormitory hallway phones and outdoor emergency phones.

Email and Calendaring

Amherst students, faculty, and staff automatically receive an Amherst email mailbox when they join the College. Casual employees receive a mailbox at the request of their supervisor. Student organizations can request an email account or a listserv mailing list by using the Campus Center's student organization registration form.


FileSender is an Amherst College utility that lets you send and receive files that are normally rejected by email systems as being too large.

Google Apps for Education

Google Apps for Education provides collaborative online workspaces for all students, faculty, and staff.


A listserv allows a sender to send email to a list of subscribers. Amherst College uses listserv software developed by L-Soft. The listserv management software provides some additional spam protection for the listservs.

Meet-Me Teleconferencing

Meet-Me teleconferencing provides a toll-free number that you share with your teleconferencing participants. Whoever calls the number is automatically conferenced into the call.

Phone services for students

There are three options for telephone service on the Amherst College campus.

  1. Bring a cell phone from home or obtain one locally upon your arrival.
  2. Order wired residential phone service for your dormitory room from Verizon.
  3. Voice over IP (VoIP--see below).

With the second option, which requires you to supply your own telephone, 2.4GHz cordless telephones are not allowed, as they can cause interference with wireless data networks.

Seeley Mudd 002 Video/Web Conference Room

Room 002 in the Seeley Mudd building, basement level, is an IT Department conference room. It seats 10 people and is available for use for video or web conferences. The Seeley Mudd building and this room are fully accessible via the front or quad-side entrance and with use of the elevator.

VidYo videoconferencing

VidYo allows users to connect from Amherst to the outside world via high-quality video with an easy-to-use interface. Connectability from our 2-camera face-tracking PolyCom systems enhance your experience even further. If you would like to try Vidyo, please contact John Kunhardt at jwkunhardt at or by calling 413 542-2149.

Voicemail/Integrated Messaging

The College's voicemail system integrates the voicemail on your campus phone with your email. When someone leaves you a voicemail, the system sends you an email with the message attached. You can retrieve messages using either your phone or by accessing your email.


WebEx is the video conferencing service provided by Cisco. The IT department licenses the service and makes it available to members of the community upon request.