Please note that minors visiting campus should be supervised at all times by an accompanying adult. 

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, Oct. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 26, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 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 1. See the draft tent map. The map will be posted at entrances to the field.

Tailgating

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.

Parking

Parking at Pratt Field:

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 at the Hills Practice Field (entrance from 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 entrance to Pratt Field will be open to pedestrian traffic only. 

Map of Pratt Field and Practice Field

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 Transportation

A shuttle van with limited service is available to transport guests on the Amherst campus while 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)
Amherst College 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 reach 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 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, 9 a.m. – 3 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.

Tours
Friday 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Sunday Noon and 2 p.m.
Information Sessions
Friday 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Saturday 10 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
Saturday Closed
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 - 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

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 River 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 of a number of student and visiting artist exhibitions throughout the academic year. Opening Oct. 21: The Sky Is Not SacredAn Exhibition by Lien Truong

Friday 10 a.m. – noon
Saturday 10 a.m. – noon
Sunday Noon – 4 p.m

Emily Dickinson Museum

The Emily Dickinson Museum offers guided tours throughout each day. Adult admission ranges from $10 to $15. There is no charge for Amherst College students, faculty or staff, or youth under 17. 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 emilydickinsonmuseum.org

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

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS:

10 Years of Trinkett Clark Memorial Student Acquisitions: This exhibition celebrates the 10 years of the Trinkett Clark Memorial Fund. Established in 2008 in honor of Trinkett Clark, former Curator of American Art at the Mead, the generous fund sponsors the purchase of a print selected each year by Amherst College students, with the first work acquired in 2009. This fund, in conjunction with classes taught at the museum, empowers students to take an active role in the development of the Mead Art Museum collection.

Rotherwas Project 5: Chris Myers, The Red Plague Rid You for Learning Me Your Language:  1611 gave birth to the Mead’s walnut-paneled Rotherwas Room and William Shakespeare’s The Tempest with its unforgettable character Caliban and his mirror image Ariel. Inspired by this historical convergence, Myers presents an installation of contemporary sculptures, textiles, and boats that question why the figure of the “Wild Man,” appears again and again in literature and arts from the 12th century to our current time.

Starting Something New: Recent Contemporary Art Acquisitions and Gifts: This exhibition features over 50 artworks made from 1967 to 2019, and marks the first glimpse of contemporary artworks added to the Mead’s collection in the last four years. The lineup of global artists includes familiar names—David Hockney, Cindy Sherman and Mark Bradford—and some new artists of note, such as Heather Agyepong, Kapwani Kiwanga and Analia Saban.

Constructing Collage: This exhibition presents some of the ways in which artists have employed collage, and the related forms of photomontage and film montage, throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. As a technique, collage involves the physical layering of disparate elements often borrowed from other contexts. This capacity for fragmenting and combining has rendered collage both an inexhaustible medium and emblematic of the ever-changing modern world. Drawn from the museum’s permanent collection as well as loans from Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, the exhibition features works by Joseph Cornell, Romare Bearden, Olga Rozanova, and Robert Rauschenberg, among others.

For more information, please visit amherst.edu/mead/exhibitions.


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
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 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (reduced menu; same price as lunch)
Dinner

Friday: 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday
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 Café (Main Level, Robert Frost Library)

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

Science Center Café

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