IT for New Students

Coming to Amherst is an exciting prospect, but it's also often a confusing and stressful time. On this page we have compiled some information that should make technology-related decisions easier for you before you get to campus. Please pay special attention to our FAQ for new students, which answers the most commonly asked questions about using technology on campus.

Welcome Class of 2016 and Transfer Students!



The events planned for your first days of college are intended to acquaint you with important aspects of life at Amherst. We hope you will approach these events as opportunities to explore college resources and meet new people. So learn, enjoy, and know that we’re delighted to welcome you to Amherst!  More information will be posted as it becomes available.

2018 Orientation Schedule

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

We look forward to meeting you and your families on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. 

Introducing... This Year’s New Students

Submitted on Thursday, 9/12/2013, at 4:21 PM

They have participated in dog rescue programs, supported hurricane relief and competed on the international squash circuit. They speak 30 different languages and have lived in more than 40 different countries. They are Quakers, Junior Olympians, Irish fiddle players and calligraphers. There is even an embalmer’s assistant.

What do all of these people have in common? They started their college careers at Amherst on Aug. 25, when New Student Orientation began.

Introducing... This Year’s New Students

Submitted on Wednesday, 8/31/2011, at 6:01 PM

They include two former presidents of their high schools’ Young Republicans clubs, two licensed pilots, a grand champion pig raiser, a Carnegie Hall performer, a national ballroom dancing champion and the manager of a rap artist.

They are adoptees, immigrants and orphans; Muslims, Quakers and atheists; vegans and vegetarians, among many, many other things.

Their names include Joy, Courage, Destiny and Liberty.

And they are all now, officially, Amherst College undergraduates.