Office of Student Affairs

Dining Services

The state-of-the-art facilities in Valentine Hall, the Keefe Campus Center and Frost Library provide quality food services for Amherst College students, faculty, staff and their guests. The Dining Services Office is on the lower level of Valentine Hall.


Amherst College Dining Services is one of the largest employers of students on campus. Dining Services hires students to work in Valentine during meal periods, helping in the servery and dishroom. We offer a variety of shifts that are compatible with student schedules. Also offered are positions with Catering Services, Schwemm’s Gourmet Coffee House, Lewis-Sebring Commons and the Frost Café.

Valentine Dining Commons

Valentine offers an extensive variety of freshly prepared menu options that regularly include traditional entrées, pizza, grilled entrées, pasta, vegetarian entrées, vegan entrées and more. An extensive salad bar, featuring seasonal fresh produce from the college’s Book & Plow Farm, is available at both lunch and dinner. “Do It Yourself” Stations are available, adding fun and flexibility to our program. Daily menus and nutritional information are available on the Amherst College Dining Services website through ACNutrition. The dining hall welcomes all members of the college community.

Meal Plans

First-year students are required to be on the Full Meal Plan. Sophomores, juniors and seniors have a choice of either the Full Meal Plan or the Lunch and Dinner Meal Plan.

The Full Meal Plan consists of unlimited access to Valentine Dining Hall, seven days a week, with two guest passes per semester. The Lunch and Dinner Meal Plan consists of unlimited access to the dining hall for lunch and dinner only, seven days a week, with two guest passes and $100 in Bonus Bucks per semester. Bonus Bucks are part of students’ meal plans and are active only while meal plans are active. Bonus Bucks are nonrefundable. Bonus Bucks may be used for campus food purchases at Valentine, Schwemm’s Coffee House, Frost Café, Catering and vending machines equipped with card readers. Students have the option of using their lunch swipe at our Grab-N-Go location Monday through Friday. 


Our Grab-N-Go program allows students an alternative to the dining hall. Lunch includes your choice of a salad or sandwich entrée, three sides (e.g., chips, yogurt, granola bars) and a drink. All items are also available à la carte. This option is available between 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at lunch Monday through Friday during the academic year. Grab-N-Go is located in the Keefe Campus Center.

Schwemm’s Gourmet Coffee House

Schwemm’s Gourmet Coffee House is on the first floor of the Keefe Campus Center. Offerings include a selection of specialty coffees, cold drinks, gourmet deli sandwiches, grilled items and assorted pastries. 

Lewis-Sebring Commons

Lewis-Sebring Commons is a facility for college employee dining. This facility is open for lunch on weekdays during the academic year and is available to students only if they are guests of college employees.

Frost Café

Frost Café is located in the northwest corner of Frost Library’s main floor. The café features upscale pastries ranging from muffins and coffee cake to scones and brownies. It also offers cold drinks and specialty hot beverages, such as cappuccinos, lattes, teas, chai, coffee and hot chocolate.

Amherst College Catering

The Catering Department at Amherst College provides many affordable food and beverage catering options for pickup and delivery. Please go to the Amherst College Catering website, call (413) 542–2842 or visit the Catering Department for information about menus and services. Catering is located in the Dining Services Office in the basement of Valentine Hall.