Welcome New First-Year and Transfer Students

Orientation 2015

As a new student at Amherst College, you are bound to have questions. Orientation is designed around you, to answer your questions and provide you with all the information you need about campus resources, programs and services. STAY TUNED for detailed information and important dates regarding Orientation, required forms and other deadlines.

Sustainability LEAP Programs

Would you like to spend your first weekend at Amherst College working on a farm or exploring ways to solve climate change ? Then these are the LEAP programs for you! We have two trips on offer - FARM and Solving Climate Change - both providing you with a chance to learn more about your new home and the surrounding communities, form bonds with your classmates, and have fun!  

Dean of New Students Pat O'Hara Talks About What's New for Orientation 2013

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

“We are ready for you. We have worked for one year on this year’s Orientation. The anticipation on campus is palpable.”

This is a recent message for incoming students from Patricia O’Hara, on her Countdown to Orientation blog. In addition to being the Amanda and Lisa Cross Professor of Chemistry, O’Hara is starting her fourth year as Amherst’s Dean of New Students. She chairs the Orientation Committee and coordinates Orientation activities. And she has the names and photos of the Class of 2017 displayed on rotation in an electronic picture frame in her office in Converse Hall, to help her get to know them before they arrive.

The H is Silent

The past eight days here have utterly reaffirmed my choice to apply early decision!

Learning Not to Highlight, and Other Orientation Highlights

By Katherine Duke '05

Hello, my name is Katherine, and I am a recovering habitual highlighter. Nine years ago, when I started my first year at Amherst, I got into the habit of studying with a hot pink or neon green or fluorescent orange marker in my hand, so that I could drag it across any lines of text that struck me as particularly important. It made me feel accomplished and scholarly—I could look back through the pages and see that I had really studied. It took me several semesters and many defaced books to realize that merely changing the color of what I’d read didn’t help me very much when I went back to re-read it later, and it was especially unhelpful when I found that I’d designated three quarters of every page as “particularly important.”

The Newman Club is a resource for Catholics at Amherst or for those who would like to learn more about the Catholic faith. Email us at newman@amherst.edu to get involved. -- Celebrating the "Source and Summit" together: Catholic Mass, usually at 5 pm., Chapin Chapel on Sundays and as arranged for Solemnities -- Nurturing prayer and spiritual growth - rosary, contemplation, other prayer services. -- Being a community of love for God and neighbor -- fellowship, service and outreach opportunities.

His Last First Week

Interview by Katherine Duke '05

Ben Lieber has been dean of students at Amherst since 1984 and will move on to a new position at the college in 2010. This year, he brought decades of perspective—and a brand-new beard—to his final First-Year Orientation. He spoke recently about his experiences:

Boston Globe: At colleges, a new freshman rush

Amherst’s Allen Hart was quoted in this article about orientations for first-year students.

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