Office of Student Affairs

Extracurricular Activities

Student Activities Office

The focal point for most student activities is the Keefe Campus Center. Here the various organizations receive advice, secure assistance and obtain financial information from the Student Activities Office. The Student Activities Office facilitates the interaction of students, faculty and administrators in developing social, cultural and educational programs. Students are encouraged to get involved in the campus community, take on leadership roles and explore their interests.

The Student Activities Office provides advisement, direction and leadership training to the Amherst College Program Board (ACPB), Amherst College Social Council, Association of Amherst Students, Budgetary Committee, WAMH radio station and Olio yearbook. Additionally, the Student Activities Office is available to advise and support the student leaders of the more than 150 Registered Student Organizations at Amherst College.

Information regarding student groups, event-planning resources, party policy and co-sponsorship funding can be found online at Registered Student Organizations can apply for appropriations from the Student Activities Fee, allotted by the Association of Amherst Students’ Budgetary Committee. (See the Student Government section.)

Students interested in participating in undergraduate activities are encouraged to attend the Student Activities Fair, held this year in the Alumni Gymnasium from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2013. Further information can be obtained by contacting the undergraduate student leaders of the specific groups. Visit the student groups listing online at, or contact the Keefe Campus Center and Student Activities staff for more information.

Amherst College sponsors a wide variety of films, lectures, plays, concerts and exhibitions that are often open to the public free of charge. A listing of Student Activities, Program Board and Social Council events can be found at the Campus Center calendar website: Dates, times and locations are posted daily in the Campus Center and are also listed in the weekly e-Digest, which the Office of Public Affairs e-mails to everyone on campus, and on the college’s Event Calendar. For more information on Campus Center events, contact the administrative assistant in the Keefe Campus Center at (413) 542-5773. The Office of Public Affairs, at (413) 542-2321, can also provide information about events. 

Social Council

The Social Council plans several events per month. The events include TAPs (The Amherst Party), karaoke nights, school spirit events, barbecues and more. Social Council serves as the organizing principle of social and residential life. The office is located in the Keefe Campus Center, Room 011. Students interested in becoming actively involved in organizing a variety of social activities should contact one of the Social Council chairs or the Social Council group’s advisor, the assistant director of student activities and the Keefe Campus Center. The assistant director’s office is located in office 021 of the Campus Center.

The 2013-14 Social Council Executive Board Officers are as follows:

Chair—Alda Chan ’14 and Kayla While ’14

Amherst College Program Board

The student-run Amherst College Program Board (ACPB) is responsible for bringing concerts, special events, lectures, comedians and more to campus and for sponsoring off-campus events and trips. The ACPB plans several events each semester, most of which are held in the Friedmann Room of the Keefe Campus Center. The office is located in the Keefe Campus Center, Room 011. Students who are interested in becoming involved in the planning of student activities should contact one of the ACPB chairs or the ACPB group’s advisor, the assistant director of student activities and the Keefe Campus Center. The assistant director’s office is located in Room 021 of the Campus Center.

The 2013–14 Amherst College Program Board officers are as follows:

Co-ChairsAllyson Leach ’14 and Danica Richards ’14

Student Organizations

Amherst’s plethora of student groups fall under categories of academic, activist/social awareness, affinity, cultural, entertainment, musical, political, publications/media, special interest, recreation and many others. There is something for everyone at Amherst College. Groups advertise at the Student Organization Fair during First-Year Orientation, as well as around campus throughout the year, particularly in the atrium of the Campus Center. To learn more about registered student organizations, go to the Campus Center and Student Activities Office website: Students should remember that many extracurricular activities are informally organized. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are a good source of information in this area.

Student organizations seeking to host activities should consult with the Student Activities Office for advisement and support in planning events. Event Notification registration forms and party notification forms, along with information about policies, can be obtained from the Student Activities Office in the Keefe Campus Center. Information regarding party policy can be found online at Students should review these policies and submit event or party notification forms for their events to be approved.


Interterm is a three-week period between the fall and spring semesters during which students may return to campus to pursue independent projects, take informal courses and take part in campus events. Seniors in particular will often stay on campus to work on their honors theses.

Information regarding Interterm programs may be found on posters around campus starting in mid-November and online at This year, Interterm will run from Monday, January 6 to Wednesday, January 22.