Tents and Tailgates
Tent Map
Checking in and Alumni House
On Campus Shuttle
Local Lodging
Medical Services
Admissions Tours
Facilities Hours
Food (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. Tent map>>


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. 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.

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, October 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 24, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


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.

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 of 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 with special needs around the Amherst campus. 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
(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 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 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.

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


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

The Eli Marsh Gallery, 105 Fayerweather Hall, is the location for a number of student and visiting artist exhibitions throughout the academic year. www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/art/EliMarsh

Emily Dickinson Museum

The Emily Dickinson Museum is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 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 www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org.
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street,Amherst

Mead Art Museum
Friday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 8 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, espresso drinks, cookies and more. Admission is free, and the museum is fully accessible. 

Current Exhibitions

Intersecting Colors: Josef Albers and His Contemporaries: through January 3, 2016
By the Light of the Silvery Moon: After Dark in Painting and Print: through January 3, 2016
Sea Change: Trade and Transformation in the Age of Discovery and Beyond: through February 28, 2016

At the Russian Center Art Gallery, Webster Hall:
Journeys in Space and Memory: Urban Scenes and Landscapes by Russian Artists


Robert Frost Library

Main Library

Friday 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Current Exhibition: 

Frost Library, First Floor

Archives & Special Collections (Level A)

Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Current Exhibition: 

Frost Library, A-Level

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.
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 2:00 p.m. – 10 p.m.