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General Information

Registration/Alumni House Reception Center

At the Alumni House Reception Center, you will find schedules of classes and other campus events, information on the Amherst area and light refreshments. Please stop by for registration, information and hospitality on Friday, October 24, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 25, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Campus parking permits are not required during Family Weekend, and you may park in designated areas on the main campus. All handicapped-parking placards will be honored by the Amherst College Campus Police. Please be aware that the Town of Amherst has designated weekday Permit Parking Only areas in the campus vicinity. You may park in these spaces on weekends only. Metered parking is available along Boltwood Avenue.

Vehicles that are parked in a manner that may impede the flow of traffic or response by emergency vehicles will be towed at the owners' expense without prior notification.

Campus Shuttle

A shuttle van will be available to transport guests with special needs around the Amherst campus. Call the Alumni House at (413) 542-2065 during Family Weekend to make arrangements for pickup and drop-off.

Medical/Emergency Services

Emergency Services (24 hours a day)
Campus Police
Campus Phone    x2111
Pay Phone           (413) 542-2111
Cell Phone***       (413) 542-2111
(emergency only: fire, police, medical)

***Important: When calling from your cell phone, please use the number listed above for emergencies. If you dial 911 on your cell phone, you may get emergency services in your hometown.

Non-Emergency Medical Care

Keefe Health Center (tan building next to Moore Dormitory)     

Friday 8:30 a.m. –  noon and 1 – 5 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

To reach the Health Center, call (413) 542-2267. Urgent medical treatment may be obtained at AEIOU Amherst (Cooley Dickinson Hospital's walk-in care facility at 170 University Drive; (413) 461-3530). AEIOU's hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Those with medical emergencies should proceed directly to Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust Street (Route 9), Northampton, MA 01061-5001, (413) 582-2000.

Emergency Contact Number

If you wish to provide family or friends with an emergency phone number while you are in Amherst, please use (413) 542-2000 (the college's main switchboard). The campus operator will assist in relaying a message.

Admission Tours and Information Sessions

Meet at the Office of Admission (Wilson Center, 220 South Pleasant St.) for tours and information sessions.

Friday 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.
Sunday Noon and 2 p.m.
Information Sessions:
Friday 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m

Athletic Facilities

Except when in use by teams, facilities will be open to visitors.

Alumni Gym and Coolidge Cage
Friday 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Note: LeFrak Gymnasium will be closed this weekend for the Volleyball Tournament.

Wolff Fitness Center
Friday 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Pratt Pool
Friday 7 – 8:30 a.m.; noon – 2 p.m. 8 – 10 p.m.
Saturday 3 – 5 p.m.
Sunday 3 – 5 p.m.; 8 – 10 p.m.
Orr Rink
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Squash and Racquetball Courts
Friday 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Career Center (College Hall)
Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday Closed
Keefe Campus Center
Friday 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. – midnight


Beneski Museum of Natural History
Friday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Beneski Museum of Natural History houses outstanding collections and exhibits that include vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, minerals and other geologic specimens. Our specimens have been collected since 1825 from local areas and around the world. Some displays illustrate the evolution and ecology of major groups of animals and others describe the geological processes that have formed the earth and local structures. Particularly noteworthy is the world-famous dinosaur track collection from the sedimentary rocks of the Connecticut Valley. This collection continues to be one of the largest fossil track collections in the world and most studied.

Emily Dickinson Museum

The Emily Dickinson Museum is open 11 am to 4 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, and offers guided tours throughout each day. See calendar listing for specific tours and times. The Museum is in the process of restoring the poet’s bedroom. Admission ranges from $5 to $12. There is no charge for Amherst College students, faculty or staff. Alumni and their families who visit during Homecoming receive a 50-percent discount on tour admission and can apply the admission fees toward memberships in the Friends of the Emily Dickinson Museum. The Homestead was the birthplace and home of poet Emily Dickinson (1830–1886). The Evergreens next door was built in 1856 for the poet’s brother Austin and sister-in-law Susan. For more information, call the museum at (413) 542-8161 or visit
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street, Amherst

Mead Art Museum
Friday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. – midnight

The Mead Art Museum holds the world-class art collection of Amherst College--more than 19,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of global culture, all used for teaching and research across the academic disciplines and available for the pleasure and understanding of a diverse public. Collection highlights appear in regularly changing displays. A bookshop and café offer museum publications, postcards, espresso drinks, cookies and more. Admission is free, and the museum is fully accessible. This fall's special exhibitions include: Images of the Unimaginable: Art from the First World War; Paper Landscapes: Prints of the American City and Countryside, 1820-1920; and Pain's Pyrotechnic Spectacle: The Sino-Japanese War in Print.


Robert Frost Library

Main Library

Friday 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Current Exhibition: Emily Dickinson & Amherst College

A selection of photographs, manuscripts, and printed materials that document the multiple links between Emily Dickinson and Amherst College. This exhibition includes Dickinson manuscripts written on scraps of programs from Amherst College events plus examples of Dickinson's work as it appeared in print during her lifetime.
Frost Library, First Floor

Archives & Special Collections (Level A)

Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Current Exhibition: Shakespeare's Desk

This exhibition was curated by students from the Spring 2014 Seminar "Shakespeare & the History of Books" co-taught by Anston Bosman (English Department) and Mike Kelly (Archives). In addition to rare books that date from Shakespeare's time, this exhibition also features materials that document Shakespearean performances held at Amherst over the past 130 years.
Frost Library, A-Level

Keefe Science Library
(Merrill Science Center)
Friday 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Vincent Morgan Music Library
(Arms Music Center)
Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday Noon – 5 p.m.
Sunday 2 – 11 p.m

Meals On Campus

Valentine Dining Hall

Friday and Saturday

Breakfast 7:30 – 11 a.m.
Lunch 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dinner 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.


Breakfast 9 – 11 a.m.
Lunch 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dinner 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Meal Prices at Valentine Hall

  ADULTS CHILDREN (12 and under)
Breakfast $4.00 $2.00
Lunch (excluding Saturday) $5.00 $2.50
Dinner $6.00 $3.00
Schwemm’s Gourmet Coffee House
(Keefe Campus Center)
Friday 3:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Sunday 6 p.m. – Midnight
Frost Cafe
(Robert Frost Library, Main Level)
Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday 2:30 – 10 p.m.


Alumni and Parent Programs
P.O. Box 5000
Amherst MA 01002-5000
(413) 542-2313

Contact Advancement Staff


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