Examples of WebNow Security Warnings

When you first access WebNow you are likely to encounter a blizzard of security warnings--well, a flurry at least. 

Though WebNow is Java-based, it is not a security threat to your computer because it is housed on a College server. You can safely ignore security warnings that normally you should take very seriously.

Configure Java to Use WebNow

Faculty advisors may need to access WebNow in order to view a student's college application, application essay, and secondary school (and transfer) transcripts. 

WebNow is Java-based. You need to configure the Java control panel on your computer in order to access WebNow.

Log in Help for Family/Friends Accounts

Access Student Billing/Housing Information for Family and Friends

First, in order to see an Amherst student's financial and/or housing information, the student must first log in to ACData (link below) and grant account access to specific family/friends.


Student Bills

Log into ACDATA at https://acdata.amherst.edu. Student billing information is available in ACDATA to all students and to the family and friends designated in the student's Communications Preferences.


Family and friends cannot view a student's bill until the student gives permission in the student's Communications Preferences.

Getting Started: 

In order to let family and friends view their bills, students must first log into ACDATA and, on the Students menu, click the Communications Preferences link. Students can then indicate which person or persons they wish to be able to view their student bills. Only persons in the student's record will appear on the Communications Preferences screen

Family and friends who have been so designated will, within 48 hours, receive an email from the College telling them about their account and containing a link that let's them set the password in their account.

Family and friends can then log into ACDATA and check the student's account. Family and friends are also able to change their own communications preferences--particularly the email address they would like the College to use to contact them.

The Comptroller's website has more information about accessing student bills.

Student Information and Communications Preferences

Log into ACDATA at https://acdata.amherst.edu. ACDATA lets students view the information the College has concerning home address, contact information, family members, etc. Also, students can use ACDATA to change their communications preferences--in particular, they can designate who can view their student bills.

Getting Started: 

The original information on student records comes both from their application and from the matriculation information they provide before arriving on campus. Once an admitted applicant moves to student status, the contents of their student record is the responsibility of the Registrar's Office. Students needing to change their student record--change of address, adding a step parent, etc.--must contact the Registrar's Office.

Online Registration and Advising

Log into ACDATA at https://acdata.amherst.edu. Students use ACDATA to shop for courses, request instructor permissions, and register for classes. Instructors and advisors use the system to grant course permissions and registration approvals.

Getting Started: 

Learn all about the course registration process in the Online Registration section of the Registrar's website.

Additional Information: 

You may get a "too many cookies" error and be unable to log in to AC Data if you use the browser back arrow and/or close the program abruptly. Clear your browser cookies to stop the "too many cookies" error message and be able to access AC Data.