Virtual Visiting Only, Please

In a typical year, we love having students and their families visit us on campus, but - as we know all too well - this is not a typical year. In an effort to keep our herd healthy, Amherst College continues to follow strict COVID protocols and the Amherst campus is closed to all but currently enrolled students and essential staff, so - unfortunately - it will not be possible for you to visit our campus in person this spring. Instead, we are offering extensive opportunities for virtual visits, including information sessions, campus tours, and other special events (described below). Admitted students are also encouraged to "visit" us through the virtual events offered by our Be A Mammoth program (accessible through your Application Status Portal).

Campus Tour

Welcome to Amherst College

Join three Amherst students — Alexandre, Clara and Lauren — to explore our beautiful campus and learn more about academic and student life in our extraordinary college community. (Note: This video contains footage and images taken before the pandemic.)

student tour guides with virtual zoom backgrounds

Visit Us Virtually!

Join us on Zoom, where our Admission deans and student guides will help you learn about life at Amherst College through a variety of interactive offerings. Although we are unable to receive on-campus visitors at Amherst right now, there is so much that we want to share with you! At Amherst, we value our warm and close-knit community, and we welcome this opportunity to meet you.

Join Us for a Virtual Tour or Virtual Campus Visit

Throughout the spring semester, our tour guides will lead one hour virtual campus tours. These will be interactive sessions where the guides will present images of life on campus, describe student life, and answer questions.

On Mondays, we will offer additional virtual campus visits with admission deans. Each of our virtual campus visits starts with a 45-minute information session (presented by an admission dean) followed immediately by a 45-minute virtual campus tour (led by a student tour guide), a sequence that is designed to optimize the value of your time with us.

Virtual Tour and Campus Visit Schedule

Monday (information session + tour) 2:30 - 4:00 pm
Tuesday (tour) 9:00 - 10:00 am 
Wednesday (tour)  3:00  -  4:00 pm
Friday (tour) 12:00  -  1:00 pm
Saturday (tour)   2:00  -  3:00 pm          
Sunday (tour) 12:00 - 1:00 pm

The Tuesday morning virtual visit may be especially convenient for international students joining us from multiple time zones, but all students are welcome to attend any of the sessions!

Register now for your preferred choice:


Join Us for a "Thursday Themes" Session

In addition to our general informations sessions and tours, we're also offering some special Thursday sessions on particular topics of interest: arts, STEM, athletics, the international student experience at Amherst, and the first generation/low-income student experience at Amherst.  These sessions are structured as an interactive panel discussion with an admission dean and multiple Amherst students. We also encourage students to attend a virtual information session and campus tour prior to any of the special sessions, so that you can get acquainted beforehand with other distinctive features of Amherst College. Please see the "Virtual Campus Visits" section above to register for one of the VCV sessions.

Info-on-the-FLI:  Guidance for First Generation and Low-Income Students

Are you the first in your family to go to college? Join current first-generation, low-income Amherst College students to chat about financial aid, work study, and other campus resources, with a chance to ask questions and get tips and support. Register for an upcoming Info-on-the-FLI sessions:


Thursday, March 11, 5:00 - 6:00 ET

Thursday, April 8, 5:00 - 6:00 ET

International, Arts, STEM, Athletics @ Amherst

Are you an a prospective student from outside of the US looking to learn about how other Amherst students have made their own transition to college? Interested in studying and participating in the arts - music, dance, theater or visual arts? Curious about the academic and research opportunities available in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science at a liberal arts college? Planning to pursue both academics and athletics in college?  Register for a Q&A session with an admission dean and a group of Amherst students to learn more about the college resources and student experiences in those areas.

International @Amherst: Thursday, March 4th, 5:00 - 6:00 pm ET

Arts @Amherst: Thursday, March 18th, 5:00 - 6:00 pm ET

STEM @Amherst: Thursday, April 15th, 5:00 - 6:00 pm ET

Athletics @Amherst: Thursday, April 29th, 5:00 - 6:00 pm ET


Join Us for a Tuesday Student Zoom Chat Session

Each Tuesday evening, we will offer student Zoom chats where a group of our current Amherst students will host a session discussing a topic that is relevant to their lives on campus.  We also encourage students to attend a virtual information session and campus tour prior to any of the special sessions, so that you can get acquainted beforehand with other distinctive features of Amherst College. Please see the "Virtual Campus Visits" section above to register for one of the VCV sessions.

list of spring 2021 student zoom chat topics

Click the text below to sign up.

Writing and Journalism@Amherst: Tuesday, March 2nd, 7:30 - 8:30 pm ET

The Five College Consortium: Tuesday, March 9th, 7:30 - 8:30 pm ET

Residential Life@Amherst: Tuesday, March 16th, 7:30 - 8:30 pm ET

Sexuality and Gender@Amherst: Tuesday, March 23rd, 7:30 - 8:30 pm ET

Student of Color Affinity Spaces@Amherst: Tuesday, March 30th, 7:30 - 8:30 pm ET

First-Year Experience@Amherst: Tuesday, April 6th, 7:30 - 8:30 pm ET

Religious Life@Amherst: Tuesday, April 13th, 7:30 - 8:30 pm ET

Political Engagement@Amherst: Tuesday, April 27th, 7:30 - 8:30 pm ET

Language Learning and Study Abroad@Amherst: Tuesday, May 4th, 7:30 - 8:30 pm ET

Advising, Thesis Writing, and Career Planning@Amherst: Tuesday, May 11th, 7:30 - 8:30 pm ET

Admission Summer Conversation

September 2, 2020

Our summer interns talk about their experiences at Amherst. They discuss making Amherst a second home, orientation activities, first-year seminar & open curriculum, student support resources, and affinity groups and clubs.

More Ways to Learn about Amherst 

In addition to the virtual information sessions, we encourage you to explore Amherst through the College website. You can also learn more about student life at Amherst by reading our student blogs and the profiles of our tour guides and diversity outreach interns. You might find someone from your home state, or from the other side of the world. Your interests might be similar, or very different. Amherst students inhabit many worlds --  academic, artistic, athletic, political, social and much, much more. Many of their interests overlap, intersect and diverge in exciting ways. It's typical at Amherst to meet an English major who’s fascinated by physics. Or a basketball player who loves philosophy. Or a computer whiz who plays saxophone and flute and has decided to try percussion. Amherst students come in lots of varieties!

And don’t forget our accomplished faculty. You can read faculty profiles to learn more about the teaching and research of these talented and fascinating people who will be part of your Amherst world.

We also invite you to view our series of student-faculty video panels on what teaching, learning, and living is like within the Amherst College community.

There's a lot to know about us, so time to get started exploring!

COVID-19 Considerations 

We invite you to read more about Admission-related modifications related to COVID-19 Considerations, including suspension of our SAT-ACT requirement for the coming application year and flexible understanding of COVID-related changes to high school academic programs. 

Visitors, as well as staff who are not required to be on campus to support our students, are now prohibited from entering campus and using college grounds and facilities. We deeply regret the necessity of the restrictions we must institute, but the realities of the pandemic necessitate that we create a strong bubble on our campus. Students on campus will not be allowed to leave the circumference we set and no visitors will be allowed onto the campus. We are taking deliberate actions in an effort to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 and we greatly appreciate your understanding. We cannot wait to welcome visitors again once it's safe to do so!

Keeping in Touch 

At Amherst, as elsewhere across the nation and the world, we are learning to do things differently. Although the Admission Office building is closed, we are here to answer your questions during our regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm), so please don't hesitate to contact us. We want to stay in touch with you, even if it might take us slightly longer to get back to you.

We are thinking of you in these challenging days and send our best wishes for the health and well-being of you, your family, your friends and your community. Looking forward to welcoming you to a virtual visit this year and to meeting you in person on campus when the time is right.