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Steps for New Students

Many Paths. One Goal. Excellence. 

New Students
Congratulations on becoming the newest member of our communityAMCAT
We look forward to welcoming you and your families to the Anna Maria Community. To assist in your transition, we offer an orientation as an opportunity for you to meet new classmates, learn about services and programs on campus, receive your student ID and parking pass, meet with an academic advisor and take advantage of the opportunity to visit the bookstore and spend some time with student orientation leaders.
Steps for becoming an AMCAT

Step 1: Visit AMC

Plan Your Visit to Anna Maria College
See it. Experience it.

There is no better way to know if Anna Maria College is right for you than to visit the campus in Paxton, Massachusetts. Daily tours are offered Monday-Friday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for prospective students and their families. Tours are led by AMC Student Tour Guides. Following the tour, you will have the opportunity to meet with your Admission Counselor who will provide information about the admission process and answer any other questions you may have.

Click here to register for a weekday tour or visit our Visit Us page for additional opportunities. 

Step 2: Connect with a member of the AMC Admission Team

Your personal admission counselor can assist you navigate through the enrollment process.


Step 3: Apply for Financial Aid

Full-time day undergraduate students in a Bachelor's Degree program interested in being considered for need-based financial aid are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA determines a student's eligibility for need-based financial aid by examining such information as the family's income, savings, assets, family size and number in college.

The quickest approach to filing the FAFSA is by completing it online. Before completing the FAFSA, it is important to register pin numbers for both the student and parent at Include AMC’s school code (#002117) to ensure information is sent to Anna Maria electronically.

The FAFSA can also be filed using a paper application. To request a paper application, call the Federal Student Aid Hotline at 1-800-4FEDAID.

To learn more visit the Financial Aid page. 

Step 4: Deposit

Congratulations on your acceptance to Anna Maria College. To reserve your place as an AMCAT by depositing today. 

Step 5: Access Your AMC Accounts

Once you have deposited you will receive a personalized letter in the mail from the AMC Orientation Team. This letter will have your AMC Account information. 

Step 6: Choose Your Orientation Program

AMC offers two options for your orientation:
  1. SOAR (Student Orientation and Registration) is a two-day program providing you with the opportunity to meet your future classmates, review your course schedule and enjoy a day and night in the first year residence hall. pdf Click here (60 KB) to view the SOAR schedule.
  2. Esther’s Dream is a week-long residential program that provides you additional opportunities to prepare for the transition to college, including a daily college writing seminar.pClick here (4.00 MB) for more information on the Esther's Dream program. pdf Click here (68 KB) to view the Esther's Dream schedule.


There will be a parent/guardian orientation held on the Monday of the SOAR/Esther's Dream programs. pdf Click here (61 KB) to view the Parent/Guest schedule.
Check the packet sent to all deposited students for more information on these programs and the week we’ve recommended for you based on your intended major.
When you are on campus for either of these programs, you’ll meet with faculty and develop your fall class schedule, get to know your fellow AMCATs and find out all you need to know to prepare for a great start at Anna Maria!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at .

Step 7: Complete Important Forms

Welcome to the AMC Community! We've been preparing for your arrival and look forward to having you on campus soon. Our summer and fall orientation programming is designed to introduce you to our diverse academic programs, traditions, campus pride and community while preparing you for success during your transition to college. We hope your orientation experience provides you the opportunity to create meaningful connections with your peers and our community that will form the foundation of your success at AMC and beyond. Our orientation team is ready and waiting to welcome you to our campus, but before we do there are some things to take care of first!

Below are links to a number of forms. Many of these forms can be filled out online though some must be printed and returned to the college. Should you have trouble accessing these forms please contact the Anna Maria College Orientation Office at (508) 849-3304 or through email.

Athletic Forms

Business Office Forms

Health Services Forms

Housing Agreement

Noel-Levitz Survey

Step 8: Tell Us Your First Year Seminar Preference

All first year students are required to enroll in a First Year Seminar as part of the General Education requirement. There are several seminar topics for you to choose from, please click on this link and review the options and indicate your top three choices. Every effort will be made to place students in one of your top three choices, but sections sizes are limited and preference will be given on a first come, first served basis.

Click here to see the First Year Seminar topic options and tell us your preference. 

Please let us know how we can assist you throughout this process and answer any of your questions.
Student Orientation Information
Contact Lisa Saverese, Director of Student Activities at  or (508) 849-3312.
Fall Housing Information
Contact Shawn Edie at  or (508) 849-3271 or visit the Residence Life webpage.
Financial Aid Information
Contact Sandra Pereira, Director of Financial Aid at  or (508) 849-3363 or visit the Financial Aid webpage.
Student Billing Information
Contact Wendy Cleveland, Manager of Student Accounts at  or (508) 849-3222 or visit the Student Billing webpage.
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