Information Technology Orientation for First-Year Students

Fall 2009

Scott Payne
Director, Academic Technology Services

Margaret Stancer
Director, of Desktop Computing Service

Acceptable Use Policy
  • Be a good network citizen

    The AUP details "the special rights and responsibilities that attach to use of the College's "E-Resources" ... The entire community's cooperation helps to ensure that high-quality E-Resources remain available for the many endeavors of the College and its constituents."

Close to Home

By Katherine Duke ’05

One of the many reasons I chose to attend Amherst College was that it was far away. Or, far enough away.  My parents could do the three-hour drive fairly easily when I wanted them to—but only when I wanted them to. The other serious contender, Vassar, was only an hour from my hometown. I cringed when I realized it got the same radio stations. I have nothing against my family or my high school, but I wanted my college experience to feel separate from them. So Amherst it was.

Apply Online for First-Year Admission

The Basics

To apply as a first-year student to Amherst, you must submit either the Common Application, the Coalition Application or the QuestBridge Application and the Amherst Writing Supplement, along with other supporting materials and a non-refundable $60 application fee or appropriate fee waiver. Applications must be submitted online; it is not possible to submit a paper application by mail.

Aid for First-Year and Transfer Students

Your educational objectives should be the most important factors in choosing a college, but the cost of attendance may also be a major consideration for you and your family. Amherst College is committed to making financial aid available to all students with financial need so that cost does not become the determining factor in making a decision about Amherst. For this reason, you should not fail to apply for admission to Amherst because of financial need.