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Visiting Amherst Virtually

Visit us virtually! In response to public health concerns related to COVID-19, we are unable to receive visitors at Amherst or offer any on-campus programming until further notice, but there is still so much that we want to share with you about our vibrant community. There’s a lot to know!

Because Amherst is and always has been a warm and welcoming environment that places a high priority on close-knit, personal relationships, this development is unusual and especially disappointing, but we are not going to let it keep us from connecting with you, at least in the virtual world!

Virtual Campus Visits 

Although in-person campus visits are not possible, we are delighted to offer a schedule of virtual campus visits that will replicate as closely as possible the experience of an in-person campus visit. Hosted on Zoom, each of our virtual visits will start with a 45-minute "live" information session presented by an Amherst admission dean and including a formal presentation, a photographic introduction to Amherst and an opportuntity for Q&A from our virtual visitors. The information session will be followed immediately by a 45-minute virtual campus tour led by one of our summer intern student guides. The scheduled combination of an information session and an accompanying campus tour is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to Amhest and to maximize the value of your time with us. These virtual experiences provide a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Amherst, so we hope you’ll join us.

We’re offering virtual campus visits every day Monday - Friday, 2:00 - 3:30 pm EDT.

In addition, to accommodate students in multiple time zones, there will also be a virtual campus visit every Tuesday, 8:30 - 10:00 am EDT. (The Tuesday morning virtual visit may be especially convenient for international students, but all students are welcome to attend any of the sessions!)

Ready to register? For a calendar of available sessions and online registration, please visit our Virtual Campus Visit Scheduler.


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 interest overlap and intersect. 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 piano. 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. There's a lot to know about us!


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.


Keeping in Touch 

At Amherst, as elsewhere across the nation and the world, we are learning to do things differently. All College buildings are closed; our faculty, students and staff are teaching, studying and working remotely from home. Although the Admission Office is closed, we are monitoring phone messages and emails during our regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 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 month and to meeting you in person on campus when the time is right.