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General Information

Class Tents

On-field tents are arranged through Alumni and Parent Programs prior to Homecoming weekend, and no unauthorized tents will be permitted anywhere on the premises. 

Registration/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, November 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 8, from 8 a.m. to noon.


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 Campus 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.

To prevent damage to new landscaping, this year only, no parking will be permitted on Pratt Field. 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 designate parking space on campus.

The Hitchcock Road entrance to Pratt Field will be open to pedestrian traffic only, this year and in the future. This year vehicles delivering grills, food and other equipment to tents will be permitted entrance between 8 a.m. and noon at the Orchard Street service entrance, and exit will be on Route 9.

Handicap parking for cars with valid handicap placards will be adjacent to the new field house, accessed by the Orchard Street entrance. Space is limited.

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 with special needs around the Amherst campus. Call (413) 542-2065 during Homecoming to make arrangements for pickup and drop-off.

Local Lodging

Click here to for more information on local lodging.

Medical/Emergency Services

Emergency Services (24 hours a day)
Campus Police
Campus Phone  2111
Pay Phone         (413) 542-2111
Cell Phone**       (413) 542-2111
(emergency only: fire, police, medical)

***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.

Non-Emergency Medical Care

Keefe Health Center  (tan building next to Moore Dormitory)     

Friday 8:50 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

The phone number at the Keefe Health Center is (413) 542-2267. After hours, medical services may be obtained on a “fee-for-service” basis at the UMass Health Center (open 24 hours). You may reach them by telephone at (413) 577-5000.

Emergency Contact Number

If you wish to provide family or friends with an emergency phone number while you are in Amherst, please use (413) 542-2000 (the college's main switchboard). The campus operator will assist in relaying a message.

Class Events

A list of class events will be available at the Alumni House and Pratt Field Reception Centers (Rt. 9 Entrance).


See "Parking" for information about dropping off supplies to Pratt Field. Please note that no grills or stakes are permitted on the track or the turf. No alcohol is permitted in the stands, and no kegs are permitted anywhere on the premises. Food and drink (other than water) are not permitted on the turf field.

Amherst College Alcohol Policy

College policy prohibits the consumption of alcoholic beverages at athletic contests, except at tailgate parties held in designated areas. The consumption of alcoholic beverages is not permitted in the stands. The college asks for your understanding of and compliance with these regulations.

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.

Admissions Tours and Information Sessions

Meet at the Office of Admission (Wilson Center) for tours and information sessions.

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

Athletic Facilities

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

Alumni Gym, Coolidge Cage, LeFrak Gymnasium
Friday 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Wolff Fitness Center
Friday 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Pratt Pool
Friday 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.; Noon – 1 p.m.; 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Orr Rink
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Squash and Racquetball Courts
Wednesday – Friday 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

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


Eli Marsh Gallery
Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Emily Dickinson Mueum

The Emily Dickinson Museum is open 11 am to 4 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, and offers guided tours throughout each day.  See calendar listing for specific tours and times.  The Museum is in the process of restoring the poet’s bedroom.  Admission ranges from $5 to $12. 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 memberships in 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
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street,Amherst

Mead Art Museum
Friday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. – Midnight

(413) 542-2335

Beneski Museum of Natural History
Friday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

(413) 542-2165


Robert Frost Library
Main Library
Friday  a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Archives & Special Collections (Level A)
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
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.

Meals (On Campus)

Valentine Dining Hall

Friday and Saturday

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


Breakfast 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Lunch 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dinner 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Grab & Go

(Keefe Campus Center)

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

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
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 2:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.



Upcoming Events

Admission Dean's Day for sons and daughters of alumni
July 11, 2014

Minnesota - NESCAC Happy Hour
July 11, 2014 | 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Hawaii - Summer Send-Off Reception
July 12, 2014 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Washington, D.C. - Nationals Game and Pre-Game Presentation
July 19, 2014 | 5:30 p.m.

Chicago - Summer Send-Off Reception
July 20, 2014 | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.


Contact Us
Main Phone: 413.542.2313