Important Information about Break Periods

At Amherst College, all students returning for the spring semester are welcome to remain on campus throughout the breaks and Interterm periods, including:

Mid-Semester Break: October 12-15

Thanksgiving Break: November 23-December 1

Winter Break: December 21 – January 5

Interterm: January 5-26

While the residence hall are always open and available, the Valentine Dining Hall may have reduced hours of operation or may be closed depending (calendar of reduced hours forthcoming from Dining Services)  For more information, including meal plan information, please refer to the Dining Services web site.

Spring classes begin January 27th. For students not assigned to campus housing in the current fall 2019 semester, the earliest return to campus housing is January 26th, which is also the date on which meal plans will start for those returning from leave. Students who have been assigned to Fall 2019 campus housing will have uninterrupted access (except for dates with reduced/no service) to their fall meal plan meal plans throughout Interterm and Winter Break.  Note: Valentine Dining Hall will be closed December 23rd through January 2nd.   As we get closer to all breaks, more information will be available via email and posted on the web site.

Dining Services’ Web Site is found at :