Parents & Families


An Amherst education is at once timeless and urgently needed. Amherst is not simply a preparation for professional life. It is a preparation for your child’s lifelong journey of learning—exhilarating and surprising, rewarding and vast. When your child arrived at Amherst, he or she joined a close-knit, thriving community devoted to excellence in the liberal arts. Parents and families are an integral part of that community.

Family Weekend

Three women at family weekend

October 28 - 30, 2016

Come to campus and meet faculty, attend lectures, take in special performances, tour our museums and join a conversation with President Biddy Martin.

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Welcome Class of 2020!

We are delighted to welcome families of students in the Amherst Class of 2020. We invite you and your family to become active participants in the Amherst community.


Amherst families are invited to campus each fall for Family Weekend, and to all of the college’s on-campus and regional events that are open to the public. Please join us!


Want to send a care package to your student, looking for important campus phone numbers, or wondering how to access tuition statements? Our resources page for families is a good starting place.


Your support of the Parents’ Fund makes Amherst’s unrivaled academic programs, on-campus activities, and enriching experiences possible for all students.