Alumni House Reception Center

The Alumni House Reception Center serves as the general headquarters for all Reunion operations. It is open from early morning until late at night and is used as a meeting place for many people. This is often the first place returning alumni go when they arrive on campus. They check in and pick up a copy of the final program, as well as their individual class programs and room keys if they are staying on campus.

Parking and Transportation On Campus

Parking

Parking permits are required for on-campus parking during Reunion. Permits are available at Alumni House and will be supplied to alumni when they come to check in. This parking hang-tag will allow for parking in designated areas on the main campus. We ask that alumni park in designated areas only and observe the “No Parking” signs. Any parked vehicles that block traffic will be towed (for safety and accessibility reasons).

Please be aware that there is absolutely no parking permitted on the grass in the Main Quadrangle. Parking on the street of the Main Quad is for people with handicapped-parking placards or specific mobility needs only, and available on a first come, first served basis. Regular shuttle service is provided between parking lots and the Main Quad. Ten-minute pick-up and drop-off zones will be available in front of each residence hall on the Main Quad, with student workers to help carry luggage to rooms.

All handicapped-parking placards, or photocopies, will be honored by the Amherst College Police. The police cannot issue handicapped-parking placards.

Please note: Your parking hang-tag allows for parking in any designated parking space on campus. A Reunion parking hang-tag does not apply to any metered or pay-box parking space in the town of Amherst, including designated weekday Permit Parking Only areas on streets in the campus vicinity.

On-Campus Shuttle Service

The campus shuttle will run every 15 minutes from parking lots on Route 9 to the Alumni House, Main Quadrangle and Tennis Court Lot. Please note that this shuttle does not have the capacity to transport large groups between programs.

Shuttle Hours:

Wednesday 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

As you remember, the Amherst College campus has many hills. Programs are held in a variety of locations and unfortunately we are unable to provide individuals with transportation between buildings and programs. Alumni with mobility concerns can call 413-542-2313 before Reunion to discuss available services.

On-Campus Housing

On-campus housing is available for alumni and guests on Wednesday through Saturday evenings. Rooms may be reserved when registering for Reunion online or by paper registration form. Alumni and Parent Programs will make the housing assignments on a first come, first served basis. Registrants intending to stay on campus should register for housing at their earliest convenience to ensure availability. We do our best to house all classmates within the same residence hall (or set of residence halls). Please note: Actual room assignments will not be available until alumni arrive on campus. Residence hall rooms are functional (extra-long twin size beds, sheets, towels, a pillow and a blanket are provided). There are no rooms with private baths. All residence halls and houses are non-smoking. The residence halls are not air-conditioned; we encourage guests to bring a fan and nightlight if they find it necessary. For more information on housing, please see the Reunion Accomodations page.

Reunion Chairs will receive a form asking for a list of classmates who should be housed at headquarters (as space allows). Most often the Reunion Chair and their committee members elect to stay at headquarters. All alumni staying at headquarters still need to register and pay for housing. The charge for on-campus housing is $35 per person, per night; the charge for children ages 4-10 is $10 per child, per night. The housing fee is waived for Reunion Chairs and their families. Housing is free for alumni and one guest each for the Classes of 1935-1960 (60th Reunion and beyond) and for children under 3 years old.

Classmates who prefer to stay in local hotels or motels are advised to make their own arrangements well in advance, as this time of year is high season for commencements and reunions across the five colleges. For more information please see a list of local accommodations.

Children and Families

Children’s Reunion Evening Program

Children ages 4-12 may participate in the Children’s Reunion Evening Program. This program is a service offered by the College and it runs on the Friday and Saturday nights of Reunion from 5 -10 p.m. Dinner and age-appropriate activities are included. Learn more about Children’s Reunion. Families are encouraged to register early to ensure that a space is available for them. There is a per-child fee for this program.

Child Care and Babysitters

The College cannot arrange for private babysitters. If families require a sitter, it is suggested they arrange for one to accompany them to Reunion or use a source such as Care.com or Sittercity.com. (Please note: Care.com and Sittercity.com are private for-profit businesses and are in no way affiliated with Amherst College.)

Baby Monitors

The College cannot guarantee that baby monitors will work outside of the walls of a residence hall. Additionally, we are not able to provide a secure network for baby monitors that utilize an internet connection.

Family Programming

The College sponsors many family-friendly activities throughout Reunion weekend. In addition to these programs, the 15th, 20th and 25th Reunion classes often offer family-friendly activities throughout the day on Saturday. For more information about what your class can offer, please contact your class liaison. Learn more about the Children and Family Activities Committee.

Food and Refreshments On Campus

For meals that are not provided by your class, alumni can purchase buffet-style meals at Valentine Hall during Reunion weekend. (Please note: Valentine will not be open for dinner on Saturday evening as class banquets are being held.) Prices will be posted online and in the final Reunion brochure.

Many of the cafés on campus are also open various times throughout Reunion. Full schedules will be published in the Reunion program.

The Alumni House Reception Center offers light refreshments (coffee, tea, snacks and cookies) during its hours of operation. On Saturday, there is also a complimentary Reunion Luncheon offered on the Valentine Quad for all alumni and guests.

Safety and Security

Security

Security is always an important issue when so many guests are on campus for Reunion. In the past, there have been incidents of reported theft from class headquarters and program sites. The College cannot assume liability for such items and classes have had to cover the cost of replacing stolen goods that are rented from vendors.

A locked storage room is available in headquarters for each class and keys will be given to the Reunion Chair upon their arrival on campus. In addition to materials for your bar, we strongly encourage you to use this room to secure souvenirs, AV equipment, helium tanks or anything else you may have borrowed or rented for Reunion. Please also encourage classmates to keep their rooms locked at all times.

Lost and Found

During Reunion, articles found on campus can be turned in at Alumni House, where they will be held until Sunday morning. At this time, all unclaimed items will be brought to the Amherst College Police station and held for 30 days. If you believe you have left something behind on campus, please call the police station business line at 413-542–2291.

Weapons and Fireworks

It is a criminal offense for anyone to carry a firearm or other dangerous weapon on any College property. Under the state’s strict gun control law, those caught with unlicensed guns face a mandatory one-year minimum sentence upon conviction. Violations of the state law on firearms and other dangerous weapons are considered extremely serious and may lead to criminal charges, including arrest. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts also prohibits the possession and discharging of any type of fireworks.

Alcohol

All alcohol must be served by a TIPS-certified bartender. BYO parties and no-host bars are not permitted on the campus. Please see "Alcohol, What You Need to Know" for detailed information on alcohol service on campus.

AA Program

An Alcoholics Anonymous meeting is available on campus Friday and Saturday. There are also many meetings in the local area. Specific information will be provided in the final program.

Cannabis

Please note that the use of cannabis is prohibited on the Amherst College campus and in public spaces in the Town of Amherst.