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Parents and families are an important part of the transition for students to their college experience. Amherst College welcomes parents and families into the community and encourages you to participate in our many virtual events. And when it is safe to hold events on campus, we welcome you to enjoy such rich traditions as Family Weekend, Amherst vs. Williams football games and LitFest.

Through this website you will find information on the departments and resources available to your student, videos giving insight into advising and remote teaching, and links to important information such as the academic calendar and COVID-19 updates.

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Featured Videos

A Conversation with Professor Austin Sarat About Remote Learning

Teaching Through (and About) the Pandemic

Professor Austin Sarat discusses remote teaching and what students can expect from their professors this fall at Amherst College.

Part I: A Hand on the Wheel

A Message to Parents, Families and Supporters from Rick López, Dean of New Students 

Part II: Academic Advising, Choosing Courses, and Using Resources

A Message to Parents, Families, and Supporters, from Rick López, Dean of New Students