Welcome to Amherst College! We are so excited to have you becoming part of such a wonderful community. These orientation events are planned to introduce you to the College and all it has to offer. Please note that ALL orientation events are required for all students, for this reason. If you have questions about certain events, please direct them to deanofnewstudents@amherst.edu. We look forward to meeting you and your families on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. 

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Each student has been assigned a unique Event Pass, which you will need to download to your phone prior to your arrival on campus. 

Key

Group A  = Mandatory for Group A

Group B  = Mandatory for Group B

AB group  = Mandatory for All Students

AB group  = All Students & Families

NOTE: Families should see their student’s nametag for group assignment (A or B).

Tuesday, August 27th

AB group  MOVE-IN

8:00 am - 12:00 pm • South Parking Lot and Residence Halls

Welcome to Amherst! Enjoy iced coffee and treats while you pick up your keys and ID then proceed to move into your residence hall. Once you finish, you will be asked to move your car to one of our parking lots. Shuttles will be running on loop to take you back to main campus. 

AB group  BENESKI TOURS

9:00 am - 12:30 pm • Beneski Museum

Beneski Science Museum will be open for tours. Come see some of Amherst’s hidden treasures. 

AB group  COOKOUT LUNCH

11:00 am - 12:30 pm • Valentine Quad

Come join us on the quad in front of Valentine Dining Hall for a free cookout lunch open to all new students, their families, and guests! Stay and mingle or explore the campus. 

AB group  FIRST GENERATION FAMILIES WELCOME

11:30 am - 12:30 pm • Lewis-Sebring Room, Valentine Dining Hall

Please bring your cookout lunch into the Lewis-Sebring room to meet with other first generation students and their families. In this context, first generation students refers to those who are the first in their family to attend college.

AB group  SQUAD MEETING

12:45 pm - 2:15 pm • First Year Quad

Welcome to your squad! Your squadmates will be your first community and will later be your classmates in your First Year Seminar.

Group A  PRESIDENT'S WELCOME FOR FAMILIES

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm • Johnson Chapel

Join President Biddy Martin as she invites parents and families to the Amherst community.

Group B  Q&A: panel of resources

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm • Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Building

Our panel of Amherst College faculty, staff, and families are here to answer your questions as your student transitions to Amherst. 

Group B  PRESIDENT'S WELCOME FOR FAMILIES

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm • Johnson Chapel

Join President Biddy Martin as she invites parents and families to the Amherst community.

Group A  Q&A: Panel of resources  

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm • Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Building

Or panel of Amherst College faculty, staff, and families are here to answer your questions as your student transitions to Amherst.

AB group  CLASS PHOTO

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm • North Side of Octagon  

Ah, fifteen minutes of standing in the sun for a lifetime of memories! Please visit Panfoto to order your copy! 

AB group  PRESIDENT'S WELCOME FOR STUDENTS

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm • Johnson Chapel

 Join President Biddy Martin and the President of the Association of Amherst Students as they welcome you to the community. 

AB group  RESOURCE FAIR

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm • First Year Quad

Incoming students and families will begin familiarizing themselves with the College’s departments and services. Meet with representatives, ask questions, and pick up some cool giveaways! 

AB group  MULTILINGUAL FAMILY RECEPTIONS

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm • Frost Library

Students and their families who speak Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, or Arabic primarily or at home are invited to Q & A with current students, faculty, and staff. 

Reception  Time & Place
애머스트 대학 신입생과  가족 여러분을 환영합니다 5:30 - 6:30 pmCHI Think Tank, 2nd Floor Frost Library
BIENVENIDO A AMHERST COLLEGE, EN ESPAÑOL, CON ESTUDIANTES ACTUALES 5:30 - 6:30 pmReading Room, 1st Floor Frost Library
汉语咨询处: 老师和同学用汉语 欢迎新生及家属 5:30 - 6:30 pmFrost Cafe, 1st Floor Frost Library
الطلاب و الأساتذة والموظفون يرحبون بكم في كلية أمهرست. 5:30 - 6:30 pm—CHI Seminar Room, 2nd Floor Frost Library

AB group  DINNER

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm • Valentine Dining Hall

Enjoy all of the delights that Valentine has to offer!

Group A   Group B  HERDING HOME

8:00 am - 8:00 pm • Shuttles leave from Frost Library Steps

Shuttles will be running on loop to take families back to their cars. This concludes the programming for parents and families. 

AB group  COMMUNITY MEETING WITH RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm • Residence Halls

RCs will welcome you to your new home!

AB group  GAME NIGHT

9:00 pm - 11:00 pm • Residence Halls

Join your Residential Counselors, OLs, and new neighbors for a night of board games and pizza!


Wednesday, August 28th

Athletics Open Block

6:00 - 7:30 am • LeFrak Gym

Those who are part of teams or who are trying out should ask coaches where to meet. 

Academic Department Meetings

8:30 - 11:00 pm • Various

Explore the various academic departments by listening to faculty presentations.

Visit our Academic Department Meetings page for more information.

Summer Bridge Reunion & Advising

11:00 am - 1:00 pm • Frost Library, 1st Floor

Reunite with those in the Summer Bridge Program, then meet with registration staff to enroll in courses! 

Group A  LUNCH

11:00 am - 12:00 pm • Valentine Dining Hall

Group B  LUNCH

11:45 am - 12:45 pm • Valentine Dining Hall

Group A  ADVISING & REGISTRATION

12:00 - 3:00 pm • Various Offices

Meet with faculty to discuss class schedules and registration for your first semester! 

Group B  SEXUAL RESPECT

1:00 - 2:30 pm • Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Building

Sexual Respect is a part of our larger goal of creating and maintaining a safe community at Amherst. Join Amanda Vann, the Director of Health Education, as she speaks about respect for others. 

Group B  GETTING TO KNOW TITLE IX

2:30 - 3:00 pm • Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Building

Come meet Laurie Frankl, our Title IX coordinator! 

Group B  ADVISING & REGISTRATION

3:15 - 6:00 pm • Various Offices

Meet with faculty to discuss class schedules and registration for your first semester!

Group A GETTING TO KNOW TITLE IX

3:15 - 3:45 pm • Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Building

Come meet Laurie Frankl, our Title IX coordinator! 

Group A  Sexual respect

3:45 - 5:15 pm • Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Building

Sexual Respect is a part of our larger goal of creating and maintaining a safe community at Amherst. Join Amanda Vann, the Director of Health Education, as she speaks about respect for others. 

Group A  DINNER

5:30 - 6:30 pm • Valentine Dining Hall

Group B  DINNER

6:30 - 7:30 pm • Valentine Dining Hall

You, Me, and We: The Art of Cultivating & Living in Community

7:30 - 8:30 pm • Johnson Chapel

Welcome to Amherst!! During this session you will learn about Amherst's Resource Centers Team: Queer Resource Center, Center for International Student Engagement, Multicultural Resource Center, Women's & Gender Center, and Center for Diversity & Student Leadership. Meet the professional and student staff, learn about each Center and the resources and services we provide, and join us in co-creating an art piece that envisions an Amherst where all community members thrive and belong. We look forward to meeting you!!!

SQUAD MEETING: You, ME, & We 

8:30 - 9:30 pm • Squad Locations

  Discuss the previous event with your squad! 

moonsTRUCK

9:30 - 11:30 pm • The Powerhouse

Join us at the Powerhouse to mingle and eat a variety of snacks from local food trucks! 


Thursday, August 29th

ATHLETICS OPEN BLOCK

6:00 - 10:00 am • LeFrak Gym

Those who are part of teams or who are trying out should ask coaches where to meet.

BREAKFAST

9:00 - 10:00 am • Valentine Dining Hall

CHORAL SOCIETY AUDITIONS

9:00 am - 1:30 pm • Arms Music Building

Audition to join the Choral Society and join the ranks of our “singing college.”

FOOT LOGISTICS MEETING

11:00 - 12:00 pm • Orr Rink

Those who will be participating in the overnight trips of (1) Barton Cove Riverside Basecamp, (2) Temenos Nature Retreat, (3) Connecticut River Canoeing, and (4) Appalachian Trail Backpacking, as well as the daytime trips of  (5) Wilderness Living Skills, (6) New England Scenic Trail Eco-Service Project and Quabbin Hike, (7) Connecticut River Canoeing and Mt. Greylock Hike, and (8) Mt. Monadnock Hike and Canoeing on Tully Lake must attend to discuss logistics and gear. 

FLI/MEIKELJOHN LUNCH

12:00 - 1:00 pm • Powerhouse

This lunch brings First Generation and Low-Income students together to make friends and talk about navigating Amherst. 

LUNCH

12:00 - 1:00 pm • Valentine Dining Hall

ATHLETICS OPEN BLOCK

12:00 - 3:00 pm • LeFrak Gym

Those who are part of teams or who are trying out should ask coaches where to meet.

INTRAMURAL ICE CREAM SOCIAL

1:00 - 2:00 pm • First Year Quad

Join the OLs to learn about intramural sports and grab some ice cream along the way!

Group A  ACPD

2:00 - 2:30 pm • Johnson Chapel

Join the Amherst College Police Department to discuss their role in promoting campus safety.

Group B  LIVING IN COMMUNITY

2:00 - 3:00 pm • Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Building

 

Group A  LIVING IN COMMUNITY

3:00 - 4:00 pm • Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Building

 

Group B  ACPD

3:30 - 4:00 pm • Johnson Chapel

Join the Amherst College Police Department to discuss their role in promoting campus safety.

SQUAD MEETING - Intellectual responsibility 

4:00 - 5:00 pm • Squad Locations

Discuss Amherst College’s Statement on Intellectual Responsibility. Share information around the most common academic integrity concerns. Learn about campus resources that support students’ academic success. 

DINNER

5:00 - 6:45 pm • Valentine Dining Hall

RC SHOW

7:00 - 8:00 pm • Johnson Chapel

Join your classmates for a showcase of the resident counselors—a great time is guaranteed!

MINGLE @ THE MEAD

8:00 - 10:00 pm • Mead Art Museum

Enjoy music and food while sharing your LEAP experiences with friends and potential friends! 


Friday, August 30th

LEAPs

All Day • Various Locations

SOCIAL NIGHT @ KEEFE

9:00 - 11:00 pm • Keefe Campus Center

Join the OLs for a night of fun activities at our campus center!


Saturday, August 31st

LEAPs

All Day • Various Locations

Have fun out there!

TRIVIA NIGHT

9:00 - 11:00 pm • Powerhouse

Join the Peer Advocates (PAs) and the Student Health Educators (SHEs) for some fun trivia and sweet treats!


Sunday, September 1st

LEAPs

8:00 - 12:00 pm • Various Locations

Welcome back! 

LUNCH

12:00 - 1:00 pm • Valentine Dining Hall

ATHLETICS OPEN BLOCK

1:00 - 3:00 pm • LeFrak Gym

Those who are part of teams or who are trying out should ask coaches where to meet.

DEMOTT LECTURE

4:00 - 6:00 pm • Johnson Chapel

Join Min Jin Lee as she discusses her novel and our campus read, Pachinko.

MUSIC DEPARTMENT MEETING & SHOWCASE

6:00 - 8:30 pm • Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Building

Join the Music Department for a discussion and demonstration of the various ways you can be involved with music at Amherst.

Group A  SHE SKITS

8:45 - 9:45 pm • Kirby Theater

Join the Student Health Educators as they discuss (and act out!) topics such as eating habits, sex, relationships, and much more! 

Group B  VOICES

8:45 - 9:45 pm • Johnson Chapel

Join us in Johnson Chapel as we read through your admissions essays… slightly out of context! 

Group A  VOICES

10:00 - 11:00 pm • Johnson Chapel

Join us in Johnson Chapel as we read through your admissions essays… slightly out of context! 

Group B  SHE SKITS

10:00 - 11:00 pm • Kirby Theater

Join the Student Health Educators as they discuss (and act out!) topics such as eating habits, sex, relationships, and much more!


Monday, September 2nd

ATHLETICS OPEN BLOCK

6:00 - 11:30 am • LeFrak Gym

Those who are part of teams or who are trying out should ask coaches where to meet.

BREAKFAST

8:30 - 9:30 am • Valentine Dining Hall

ORCHESTRA & CHAMBER MUSIC AUDITIONS

9:00 am - 4:00 pm • Arms Music Building

Want to participate in orchestra or chamber music at Amherst? Make an appointment to audition and join the fun! 

GET INVOLVED FAIR & COOKOUT LUNCH

11:30 - 2:00 pm • Rain Location: Coolidge Cage

Learn about the clubs on campus and stop by for a cookout lunch! 

ATHLETICS OPEN BLOCK

1:00 - 3:00 pm • LeFrak Gym

Those who are part of teams or who are trying out should ask coaches where to meet.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT REUNION

3:00 - 4:00 pm • Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center

Rejoin other international students, eat treats,  and reflect on your transitions to Amherst!

SQUAD MEETING - WELLNESS

4:00 - 5:00 pm • Squad Locations

Meet with your squad one last time to discuss how to maintain your wellbeing at Amherst. 

TRANSFER SCHOLARS RECEPTION

5:00 - 6:00 pm • Ford Hall Event Space

This is a reception for transfer students coordinated by the Office of Campus Diversity & Student Leadership. We hope you join us for an opportunity to connect with staff, faculty, and other students as we build community and develop networks of support that will foster your success. 

DINNER

6:00 - 7:00 pm • Valentine Dining Hall

CONVOCATION

7:30 - 8:30 pm • Johnson Chapel

New students are formally welcomed to the College by President Biddy Martin.

JAZZ JAM SESSION

8:30 - 10:00 pm • Arms Room 7

Ya like jazz? Join students and faculty members as they showcase their skills!