Please see the College's Academic Calendar

Mid-semester break:  The residence halls and dining hall will remain open as most students, especially upperclassmen, stay on campus since the midterm can be academically stressful.

Thanksgiving break: The residence halls will remain open all of Thanksgiving week and the dining hall remain open with limited hours. The dining hall serves a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thursday from noon-2:00pm and is closed during the dinner hour. Student Activities will hold a movie and pizza night during the evening of Thanksgiving.  The Association of Amherst Students (AAS) provides shuttle buses to Boston, New York City, and Bradley Airport in Hartford Connecticut for students returning home for Thanksgiving break. More information can be found at this link: (Shuttle Destinations & Times have now been updated for Thanksgiving 2017).

Winter recess: Residence halls are open.  The dining hall will remain open with limited hours. The dining hall will be closed for one week, but the Office of Student Affairs provides resources for students on campus. Information can be found at this link:

For specific dates, please see the College's Academic Calendar. The Association of Amherst Students (AAS) does not provide shuttle buses for winter recess, which is due to the unpredictability of students’ final exam schedules. Other transportation resources are located at the following link:

We often get questions from families about making reservations for air travel at the end of the first semester.  It is important that you not make these plans until your student knows his/her schedule for final exams – this information will be available on the Registrar’s website at as soon as the exam schedule is finalized, usually by the first week in October.