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.

Community College Students Transfer to Amherst

A September article in U.S. News & World Report outlines strategies to save on college costs, including the suggestion that cash-strapped students consider a community college for the first couple years. The author cites Amherst’s transfer rate, noting that roughly two thirds of transfer students accepted at Amherst come from community colleges.

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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.

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Videos: Transferring to Amherst from a Community College

Since partnering with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation in 2006, Amherst has become a national leader among highly selective colleges in offering exceptional academic and scholarship options to community college students. To learn more about the transfer experience, watch these videos of community college transfer students reflecting on their transition to Amherst.

Calendar and Deadlines- Transfer Applicants

The following deadlines are for transfer student applicants. To see first-year applicant deadlines, please visit the Calendar and Deadlines page for first-year applicants.

Transfer Application and Financial Aid Deadlines

November 1, 2017
Transfer applications for Spring 2018 transfer must be submitted through Common Application or Coalition Application by this date.

Transfer Applicants

Amherst seeks, above all, to enroll men and women of strong and vibrant intellectual promise who have the demonstrated qualities of mind and character that will enable them to thrive in our dynamic academic and social environment and to take full advantage of the remarkable resources our community offers.  A successful Amherst student is someone who will embrace the academic freedom provided by our open curriculum, engage with our talented and accomplished professors, and contribute significantly to a student population whose diversity of both background and p