Getting Started as a New Student

International Students please refer to our Helpful Information for New International Students page.

Emails to New Students 

All important information from the Office of Student Affairs is posted on these web pages. All future communication from our office will go to your Amherst email account. If your high school email account has been disabled, you may contact us at orientation@amherst.edu with an updated email address. We will also post any email correspondence on this page.

Orientation Schedule

Forms and Requirements

All new incoming students (international, transfer, and first-years) need to complete the following forms in order to be a fully registered student at Amherst. 

AC Data Forms

AC Data provides Amherst College applicants, students, faculty and staff, as well as friends and family, secure administrative information including advising, student accounts, class lists, grades and more. The forms that need to be completed here are as follows:

  • First Year Seminar Preferences form in ACData 
  • Name Preferences Form 
  • Address, Telephone and Mass Notification Form
  • Annual Checklist
  • Academic Interests Form in ACData 
  • Family Communication Preferences Form

New Student Orientation (NSO) Moodle Course

The NSO Moodle Course is a new central location for getting to know Amherst College. Initial modules include a Summer Checklist and Academic Advising information. Additional modules will open as the summer progresses.  

Health Forms

The Health Forms are in the Portable Document Format (PDF), and you must print, complete, and upload these forms via the patient portal. These forms are required components of your pre-registration medical file at Amherst College. Massachusetts Law requires up-to-date immunizations or blood tests verifying immunity.

Photo for Student ID and Directories

Your Amherst College student ID is your ticket to important locations and services on campus, including entering your residential hall, eating at Valentine Dining Hall, doing your laundry, accessing athletic facilities, printing, and checking out books at any of the Five College libraries. In July, you will receive information on submitting your photo so that your ID card will be ready when you arrive on campus in August.

Accessibility Services

Students who want to apply for accommodations related to a disability can find deadlines, required documentation, and more information under Accessibility Services.