Welcome to Amherst! The next four years will bring a wealth of new experiences to your student, and will offer many ways for you to engage with the College, including events on campus or in your region, virtual programs, and opportunities to meet other students and their families. We hope you will get involved as part of our extended community. Please contact parents@amherst.edu with questions at any time.


Summer Send-Off Receptions

Each summer the Amherst community holds Summer Send-Off Receptions to welcome the newest class of Amherst students. Please join us this summer as we welcome you and your student to Amherst and celebrate the incoming Class of 2021!

View dates and locations of confirmed summer receptions. (More will be added as they are scheduled.)

Family Resource Guide

Review this guide for information about key offices and services available to your student, important phone numbers, and frequently asked questions about life on campus.

In addition, the Dean of New Students offers FAQ for parents and families.

Move-In Day for the Class of 2021-- August 29, 2017

This fact sheet provides an overview of what to expect, how to plan the timing of your travel, and programming for parents and families. More information about Move-In Day and Orientation will be posted by the Office of Student Affairs throughout the summer.

2017-2018 Academic Year at a Glance

AUGUST 2017
23 New International Student Move-In Day and Orientation
29 New Student Move-In Day and Orientation begins
30 First-year students meet with Academic Advisor

SEPTEMBER
5 Fall classes begin

OCTOBER
7-10 Fall Break
20-22 Homecoming
30 Advising Week begins

NOVEMBER
3-5 Family Weekend
18-26 Thanksgiving Break

DECEMBER
13 Last day of classes Fall Semester
14-17 Reading/Study period
18-22 Final Exams
23 Winter Break until January 2

JANUARY 2018
2-19 Interterm
22 Spring classes begin

MARCH
10-18 Spring Break
26-30 Advising Week

APRIL
27 Last day of classes

MAY
3-6 Reading/Study period
7-11 Final Exams
20 Commencement