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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, November 1, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 2, 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.

Parking is not permitted on the grass at any time. 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 and Emergency Services

Emergency Services (24 hours a day)
Campus Police (campus phone)  2111
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 8:50 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

The phone number at the Keefe Health Center is (413) 542-2267. After hours, medical services may be obtained on a “fee-for-service” basis at the UMass Health Center (open 24 hours). You may reach them by telephone at (413) 577-5000.

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) for tours and information sessions.

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

Athletic Facilities

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

Alumni Gym, Coolidge Cage, LeFrak Gymnasium
Friday 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
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 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.; noon – 2 p.m. 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 3 – 5 p.m.; 8 p.m. – 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 7 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


The Emily Dickinson Museum

The Emily Dickinson Museum is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 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. Families who visit during Homecoming each 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

Mead Art Museum
Friday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. – midnight


Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College
Friday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m

(413) 542-2165


Current Exhibits
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.
Archives & Special Collections (Level A)
Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Vincent Morgan Music Library
(Arms Music Center)
Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday Noon – 5 p.m.
Sunday 2 p.m. – 11 p.m
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.

Meals On Campus

Valentine Dining Hall

Friday and Saturday

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


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