Residential Life Calendar

Fall Semester 2018

August 28, Tuesday. New student orientation begins; first-year residences open at 9:00 am.

September 1, Saturday. Residences open for returning students at 9:00 am. Keys are available at the MacCaffrey Room in Keefe Campus Center during center hours (9:00 am-9:00 pm) if you arrive outside of those hours, please email Residential Life no later than 8:00 pm the day of your arrival and we will make your key available at the Amherst College Police Department dispatch desk.

Greenway Residents arriving on September 2nd between 8:00 am until 4:00 pm will pick up their keys in the Greenway A dispatch desk.

September 4, Tuesday. Fall semester classes begin. 

October 6-9, Saturday-Tuesday. Midsemester break. Residence Halls remain open but with limited services.

October 26-28, Friday-Sunday. Family Weekend. 

November 9-11, Friday-Sunday. Homecoming Weekend. 

November 17-25, Saturday-Sunday. Thanksgiving Vacation. Dining Hall opens for full service on breakfast on November 25. Residence Halls remain open but with limited services. 

December 12, Wednesday. Last day of fall semester classes. 

December 13-16, Thursday-Saturday. Reading Days/Study Period. 

December 17-21, Sunday-Friday. Fall semester final examination period. 

Date TBD – Online Room Selection for Students Returning to campus from absence during Fall 2018.

December 21, Friday. Dining hall closes after dinner.

December 21, Friday. Students not on campus for Spring 2019 must vacate halls by 5:00 pm.

December 22 – January 21 – Residence Halls are open but with limited services.  Students staying for some, or all, of this time must register with the Office of Residential Life.

Spring Semester 2019

Janauary 26, Saturday. Students returning to campus after Fall 2018 absence may access housing at 9:00 am.

January 28, Monday. Spring semester classes begin at Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts. Full services for Residence Halls returns.

March 8, Friday. Last day for first-year and first-semester transfer students to obtain permission to withdraw from a course without penalty. Midterm grades due. Dining Hall closes after dinner.

March 9-17, Saturday-Sunday. Spring Recess.

Date TBD,  Thursday. Deadline for students to submit applications for room draw and 2019-20 off-campus housing;  deadline to submit fall 2019 study abroad, educational leave, withdrawal and readmission, and special program proposals.

Date TBD, Room Draw Lipsync

Date April 8 – Housing Selection Process Day 1

Date April 9 – Housing Selection Process Day 2

Date April 10 – Housing Selection Process Day 3

Date April 11 – Housing Selection Process Day 4

Date TBD, Wednesday. Deadline for students to submit spring 2019 study abroad and other educational leave requests.

May 3, Friday. Last day of spring semester classes. Deadline for Class of 2019 to declare major. Senior Assembly. Deadline for RCs to post summer storage hours.

Date TBD. Deadline for students to submit Commencement/Reunion Housing applications.

May 9-12, Thursday-Sunday. Reading/Study Period.

May 13-17, Monday-Friday. Spring semester examination period. Last meal for undergraduates will be dinner on May 17.

May 17, Friday. Finals end at 5:00 pm.

May 18, Saturday. Residences close for non-graduating students at 2:00 pm.

May 26, Sunday. Commencement. Residences close for graduates at 5:00 pm.

May 29- June 2, Wednesday-Sunday. Alumni Holiday and Reunion.

June 2, Reunion Worker Housing closes 5:00 pm. Valentine Dining Hall begins deep cleaning, limited service available to students. Hot water shut down begins

June 9, Summer Housing Begins

August 10, Summer Housing Ends