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.

Tailgating

Tailgates and "pop-up" tents 10' x 10' 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' x 10' 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. 

Sustainable Tailgating

Amherst Green Athletics is calling for a more sustainable Homecoming tailgate, and we’d love your help! Amherst Green Athletics is a student group that aims to promote sustainability initiatives within the athletic community by collaborating with the administration, coaches, student-athletes, and the student body at large. Each year, Homecoming attendees produce large quantities of waste, and this year we are hoping to minimize our impact. Our goal is to reduce waste by recycling, composting, and cutting back on trash as well as the number of plastic items that need to be recycled. We also ask that attendees bring their own reusable cups to the tailgate. We will be providing compost bins along with normal trash and recycling cans at each tent so tailgaters can dispose of their food waste and other compostable items in a more environmentally friendly way. If you are a tent organizer and would like Valentine Dining Services to provide you with compostable plates, napkins and utensils, please reach out to Alumni and Parent Programs, or Amherst Green Athletics co-presidents Emery Sorvino (esorvino19@amherst.edu) and Haley McAtee (hmactee18@amherst.edu). We appreciate your contribution in helping make Amherst Homecoming a green event!

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.

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, October 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 21, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pre-register online before arriving on-campus.

Parking

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.

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 will be available on the football practice field (entrance on Route 9); 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 and Route 9 entrances to Pratt Field will be open to pedestrian traffic only.

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 van 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    x2111
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, MA 01061-5001, (413) 582-2000.


Admissions Tours and Information Sessions

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

Tours
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 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED
(for post-game Homecoming Fest)
Sunday 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
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
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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

Museums

Beneski Museum of Natural History

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

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 fossil track collections in the world and most studied.

Eli Marsh Gallery

October 21–22: Sonya Clark - The Beaded Prayers Project

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 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 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 ranges 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% 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 www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org.

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

Mead Art Museum

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

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. 


Libraries

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
Keefe Science Library (Merrill Science Center)
Friday 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.
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 (Friday only) 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (reduced menu; same price as lunch)
Dinner 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday
Breakfast 9 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 $4.00 $2.00
Lunch $5.00 $2.50
Dinner $6.00 $3.00

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 3:30 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 2:00 p.m. – 10 p.m.