Registration and Checking in at the Alumni House Reception Center

At the Alumni House Reception Center, you will find schedules of classes and other campus events, information on the Amherst area and light refreshments. Please stop by to check in, pick up a program and receive messages on Friday, Nov. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 10, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pre-register online before arriving on-campus.

Class Tents

All of the on-field tents are arranged through Alumni and Parent Programs and Amherst Athletics prior to Homecoming weekend. Class tents will be arranged between class presidents and their liaisons in the Alumni Office. Athletic tents will be arranged through the Athletics office. Student club tents will be assigned through this form. Clubs should register for a tent by October 15. See the class tent map.


Tailgates and "pop-up" tents 10 feet x 10 feet and smaller are allowed on the east end of the field. If you are part of a student group or club sport and would like to reserve a table on the east end, please fill out this form. This year Alumni and Parent Programs will be providing ten, 10 feet x 10 feet tents to student organizations to facilitate meet ups with alumni. Registration for these tents is now open. Vehicles will be permitted access for dropping off supplies at tents beginning at 8 a.m. No alcohol is permitted in the stands and no kegs are permitted anywhere on the premises. There will be no parking on Pratt Field. 

Massachusetts Drinking Laws

In Massachusetts, all persons under the age of 21 are prohibited from purchasing, otherwise procuring, transporting and/or consuming alcoholic beverages. It is illegal to serve alcoholic beverages to an already intoxicated person. Any sale of alcoholic beverages without a license is also prohibited. Public consumption or conveyance of alcohol in open containers is illegal in the Town of Amherst. This includes the presence of open containers in vehicles, as well as the carrying of such containers on sidewalks, on streets, on the Town Common and in other public areas.



If you are attending the football game at Pratt Field:

Due to an abundance of rain in Amherst this fall, the football practice field on Route 9 will not be available for parking.  Instead, signs will direct you to the parking lot at the Wilder Observatory (86 Snell Street). Officers will be onsite to help direct guests across the street to the Hitchcock entrance to Pratt Field. A shuttle service will also be provided from the Wilder Observatory to drop off guests at the Route 9 entrance to Pratt Field, near the class tents.

As usual, there will be no parking on Pratt Field, with the exception of handicapped-accessible parking for those vehicles with valid placards (access through the Orchard Street or Route 9 entrances). Space is limited. Parking is available in front of Alumni Gymnasium, in the designated area on Snell Street, along Hitchcock Road and Orchard Street, and in any other designated parking space on campus. The Hitchcock Road entrance to Pratt Field will be open to pedestrian traffic only. Pratt Field parking map.

If you are attending the soccer championships at Hitchcock Field:

Parking will be availble in the lot behind the tennis courts, adjacent to the field, and around campus.  

Other parking information:

Campus parking permits are not required during Homecoming, and you may park in designated areas on the main campus. All handicapped-parking placards will be honored by the Amherst College Police. Please be aware that the Town of Amherst has designated weekday Permit Parking Only areas in the campus vicinity. You may park in these spaces on weekends only. Paid parking is available along Boltwood Avenue.

Vehicles that are parked in a manner that may impede the flow of traffic or response by emergency vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense without prior notification.

Campus Shuttle

A shuttle will be available to transport guests around the Amherst campus while the Alumni House is open. Call (413) 542-2065 during Homecoming to make arrangements for pickup and drop-off.

Medical/Emergency Services

Emergency Services (24 hours a day)
Campus Police
Campus Phone    2111
Pay Phone           (413) 542-2111
Cell Phone***       (413) 542-2111

***Important: When calling from your cell phone, please use the number listed above for emergencies. If you dial 911 on your cell phone, you may get emergency services in your hometown.

Want to receive any emergency alerts while you are on campus for Homecoming?

1)     Go to your app store and download the Alertus app (not Alertus Activator)
2)     When asked for the Organization Code, enter Amherst (not case sensitive)
3)     That’s it!

Non-Emergency Medical Care

Keefe Health Center (tan building next to Moore Dormitory)     

Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

To reach the Health Center, call (413) 542-2267. Urgent medical treatment may be obtained at AEIOU Amherst (Cooley Dickinson Hospital's walk-in care facility at 170 University Drive; (413) 461-3530). AEIOU's hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Those with medical emergencies should proceed directly to Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust Street (Route 9), Northampton, (413) 582-2000.

Admissions Tours and Information Sessions

Meet at the Office of Admission (Wilson Center, 220 South Pleasant Street) for tours and information sessions.

Friday 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. and noon
Sunday Noon and 2 p.m.
Information Sessions
Friday 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.

Athletic Facilities

Except when in use by teams, facilities will be open to visitors.

Alumni Gym, Squash and Racquetball Courts
Friday 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Coolidge Cage
Friday CLOSED (construction)
Saturday CLOSED (construction)
Sunday CLOSED (construction)
Wolff Fitness Center
Friday 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Pratt Pool
Friday 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.; Noon – 2 p.m.;
8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.; 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Orr Rink

AC Skate - Noon - 1:30 pm (ID required);

Open Hockey - 1:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. (ID and helmet required)

Saturday Closed
Sunday AC Skate - Noon - 2 p.m. (ID required)

Loeb Career Center (College Hall)

Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Keefe Campus Center

Friday 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. – midnight


Beneski Museum of Natural History

The Beneski Museum of Natural History houses outstanding collections and exhibits that include vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, minerals and other geologic specimens. Our specimens have been collected since 1825 from local areas and around the world. Some displays illustrate the evolution and ecology of major groups of animals and others describe the geological processes that have formed the earth and local structures. Particularly noteworthy is the world-famous dinosaur track collection from the sedimentary rocks of the Connecticut Valley. This collection continues to be one of the largest and most studied fossil track collections in the world.

Friday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Eli Marsh Gallery

The Eli Marsh Gallery, 105 Fayerweather Hall, is the location for a number of student and visiting artist exhibitions throughout the academic year. It will be open to visitors on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday 10 a.m. - Noon
Sunday Noon - 4:00 p.m

 Emily Dickinson Museum

The Emily Dickinson Museum offers guided tours throughout each day. See the Homecoming schedule for additional special programs. Admission fees range from $5 to $15. There is no charge for Amherst College students, faculty or staff. Alumni and their families who visit during Homecoming receive a 50 percent discount on tour admission and can apply the admission fees toward joining the Friends of the Emily Dickinson Museum. The Homestead was the birthplace and home of poet Emily Dickinson (1830–1886). The Evergreens next door was built in 1856 for the poet’s brother Austin and sister-in-law Susan. For more information, call the museum at (413) 542-8161 or visit

Friday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Mead Art Museum

The Mead Art Museum holds the world-class art collection of Amherst College--more than 19,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of global culture, all used for teaching and research across the academic disciplines and available for the pleasure and understanding of a diverse public. Collection highlights appear in regularly changing displays. A bookshop and café offer museum publications, postcards, and more. Admission is free, and the museum is fully accessible. 

Friday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. – midnight

Timing is Everything
- Permanent collection artworks from across centuries, continents and media that visualize concepts of time.
Abstraction: New Acquisitions at the Mead - Works by Leon Polk-Smith, featuring gifts by Brooke Kamin Rapaport '84, and the Leon Polk Smith Foundation.
Fragmented Identities: The Gendered Roles of Women in Art Through the Ages (New): Works examining the ways in which women have been depicted or have represented themselves across media, centuries and the globe.

Rotherwas Project No. 4
Yinka Shonibare MBE: The American Library Collection (Activists).
Hall Walls: Tatiana Potts

For more information on the exhibitions, please visit:


Robert Frost Library
Friday 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.
 Archives & Special Collections (Level A, Frost Library)
Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Vincent Morgan Music Library (Arms Music Center)
Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday Noon – 5 p.m.
Sunday 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Meals (On Campus)

Valentine Dining Hall

Friday and Saturday
Breakfast 7:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Lunch 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Late Lunch (All Weekend) 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (reduced menu; same price as lunch)

Friday: 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday: 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Breakfast 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Lunch 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dinner 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Meal Prices at Valentine Hall

  ADULTS CHILDREN (12 and under)
Breakfast $5.00 $2.50
Lunch $6.00 $3.00
Dinner $7.00 $3.50

Grab & Go (Keefe Campus Center)

Friday 11 a.m. - 2:30 pm.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Schwemm’s Gourmet Coffee House (Keefe Campus Center)

Friday 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Sunday 6 p.m. – midnight

Frost Cafe (Robert Frost Library, Main Level)

Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday 3:00 p.m. – 10 p.m.

 Science Center Cafe

Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed