Economics New Student Information


Congratulations! We are excited that you will be joining us at the University of Massachusetts and would like again to welcome you to the Economics program. More information about the department, the university and the Umass community is provided below. If you have additional questions let us know.  When you arrive in Amherst, please come to the Economics Department located in Crotty Hall and introduce yourself. 


Your first step as a new student is to register for orientation and set up your email.

Watch the Destination Days Zoom Panel

Academic Advising for Economics Majors

  • We are eager to meet you! Come to our Ask Anything sessions to meet your Peer Advisors and learn more about the Economics department and UMass in general. Our Ask Anything sessions are drop-in, so feel free to stop by and ask any questions about academic or campus life or just listen to questions others have and meet fellow incoming students as well as the Peer Advisors.

    Ask Anything Drop-In Sessions:
    Mondays: 8:30 am to 9:30 am ET
    Tuesdays: 1:00pm to 2:00pm ET
    Zoom Link:

    We also have drop-in hours available for one-on-one peer advising to help with picking classes and using SPIRE. Feel free to email one of us to make an appointment.

    The Economic Peers:
    Alvin He -
    Aryaan Kulkarni -
    Tammy Vo -
    Emily Kenyon - 
  • Please complete this advising questionaire
  • Advising Page

Introduction to the Economics Department


International Students

International students should visit the International Student Orientation (ISO) website for information on maintaining student visas, obtaining a social security number and other documents and regulations.

Sample Class Schedules


  • There are no specific requirements for laptops or tablets for Economic majors. We recommend whichever works best for your budget and comfort level.


Amherst Community

  • The Amherst Chamber of Commerce has a web page designed especially for people new to the area. There is information on local restaurants, shopping, housing, and recreation, as well as maps.
  • The Amherst Business Improvement District (BID) is a nonprofit economic development organization comprised of local property owners dedicated to providing programs and services that serve the town’s residents and businesses.