Fall Semester 2017
August 29, Tuesday. New student orientation begins; first-year residences open at 9:00 am.
September 2, 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 5, Tuesday. Fall semester classes begin.
October 7-10, Saturday-Tuesday. Midsemester break. Residence Halls remain open but with limited services.
November 3-5, Friday-Sunday. Family Weekend.
October 20-22, Friday-Sunday. Homecoming Weekend.
November 18-26, Saturday-Sunday. Thanksgiving Vacation. Dining Hall opens for full service on breakfast on November 26. Residence Halls remain open but with limited services.
December 13, Wednesday. Last day of fall semester classes.
December 14-17, Thursday-Saturday. Reading Days/Study Period.
December 18-22, Sunday-Friday. Fall semester final examination period.
December 18-22, – Online Room Selection for Students Returning to campus from absence during Fall 2017.
December 22, Friday. Dining hall closes after dinner.
December 22, Friday. Students not on campus for Spring 2018 must vacate halls by 5:00 pm.
December 23 – January 22 – 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.
January 17, Wednesday. Students returning to campus after Fall 2017 absence may access housing at 9:00 am.
January 22, Monday. Spring semester classes begin at Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts. Full services for Residence Halls returns.
March 9, 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 10-18, Saturday-Sunday. Spring Recess.
March 13, Tuesday. Deadline for students to submit applications for room draw and 2018-19 off-campus housing; deadline to submit fall 2018 study abroad, educational leave, withdrawal and readmission, and special program proposals.
March 28, Room Draw Lipsync
April 9 – Room Draw Day 1
April 10 – Room Draw Day 2
April 11 – Room Draw Day 3
April 12 – Room Draw Day 4
April 11, Wednesday. Deadline for students to submit spring 2019 study abroad and other educational leave requests.
April 27, Friday. Last day of spring semester classes. Deadline for Class of 2018 to declare major. Senior Assembly. Deadline for RCs to post summer storage hours.
April 27, Friday. Deadline for students to submit Commencement/Reunion Housing applications.
May 3-6, Thursday-Sunday. Reading/Study Period.
May 7-11, Monday-Friday. Spring semester examination period. Last meal for undergraduates will be dinner on May 12.
May 11, Friday. Finals end at 5:00 pm.
May 12, Saturday. Residences close for non-graduating students at 2:00 pm.
May 20, Sunday. Commencement. Residences close for graduates at 5 pm.
May 23-27, Wednesday-Sunday. Alumni Holiday and Reunion.
May 27, Sunday, Reunion Worker Housing closes 5:00 pm.