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General Information

Tents and Tailgates
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 liasions in the Alumni Office. Athletic tents will be arranged through the Athletics office. Tailgates and "pop-up" tents 10' x '10 and smaller, without stakes, are also 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.


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. There will be no parking on Pratt Field. Vehicles will be permitted access for dropping off supplies at tents beginning at 8 a.m.

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.

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 3:30 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. 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.

Handicap parking for cars with valid handicap placards will be adjacent to the new field house, accessed by the Orchard Street or Route 9 entrances. 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.

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. –  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.

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.

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.

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
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.


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.

Upcoming Events

New York - Scavenger Hunt
September 19, 2015 | 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Washington, D.C. - Nationals Game!
September 26, 2015 | 4:05 p.m.


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