IT Services

Graduating Seniors: Technology Transition after College

As you prepare for the many changes that will take place after graduation, we want to remind you of the technology items you should address during your transition from Amherst College. You will want to take special action to address the following: access to Amherst College email, College-licensed software, files stored on network shares, ACData, and campus printing. Access to these technology services will cease on a phased schedule

This page details each item and the specific date each is affected, with the earliest one being access to network storage, printing, and software at commencement.

Please contact us, if you have any questions.

Important Dates to Remember! 


At Commencement
Amherst VPN, Network Storage, Printing, and Software

  • Back up and move any of your own data stored on your U: drive, other academic department or research network storage before commencement. You may store your files on your computer, cloud storage, or an external storage drive as available.
  • Software:
    • Remove Microsoft Office, if obtained through the Amherst College Office 365 account, the KeyAccess client and any KeyServed programs from your computer. These won't work once you leave campus and you will start to receive error messages.
    • Remove the College-provided ESET antivirus software and obtain your personal copy of antivirus/anti-malware software.
    • Alternatives to set up prior to that date:
      • Network Storage: obtain external storage (USB hard drive) or set up an account with storage on the cloud such as, Dropbox, or Google Drive among other options.
      • Software: Before commencement, you may purchase software with academic discount at the following locations, depending on the software you would like:
      • Public Printing: available at Frost Library first floor (not A Level). Visit the library front desk to obtain a printing card.
      • VPN: international users who need VPN should consider purchasing a subscription from ExpressVPN, 12VPN, or VPN.AC among other options.

Six Months After Graduation – End of November 2015
Student IT Account Access – Amherst College Email, Google Apps, CMS/Websites

One Year After Graduation – May 2016
Access to ACData

  • Student role in ACData ends. You will want to obtain digital or printed copies of your unofficial transcript, grades, and tax forms before May 2016.
  • Alternatives to set up prior to that date:
    • Transcripts: print out an unofficial transcript before access to ACData ends. After access ends, you may order an official transcript from the Registrar’s Office.
    • Tax forms: will be available prior to that date for tax purposes so you can download them from ACData.