Visiting Amherst

First-Year Quad

Thank you for your interest in Amherst College! We encourage you to visit Amherst to see the campus for yourself and meet our students, staff and professors. There are several ways to visit us:

  • Sign up for a scheduled visit. Each of our scheduled visits starts with a one-hour information session (presented by an admission dean) followed immediately by a one-hour campus tour (led by a student tour guide), a sequence that is designed to maximize the value of your time with us. All visits begin at the Office of Admission at 220 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. We recommend arriving at least fifteen minutes before the start of your scheduled visit.
    • Advance registration is required; please sign up online in advance of your visit. 
    • For groups of ten or more visitors, reservations are required and must be confirmed in advance. To inquire about the possibility of a group visit, please submit our online group visit form at least two weeks prior to the requested visit date.
    • On certain dates and times this fall, only a student-led tour will be offered. Be sure to check the schedule below for more information.
    • On-campus health and safety measures have been instituted for in-person visits. Please review our protocols for on-campus visitors for detailed instructions about health and safety measures, parking, and arrival.
  • Explore on your own. If you'll be visiting campus at a time when student-led tours are not offered, you can access our interactive campus map, follow our online virtual tour or pick up our self-guided tour booklet and print campus map from the visitor information box outside the front door of the Admission Office.

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In-Person Visit Opportunities - Fall 2022

Information Session and Tour Schedule

September 10 - November 5 Saturdays 10:00 am - noon Combination Information Session + Tour
    2:00 - 3:00 pm Student-Led Tour
September 18 - November 13 Sundays noon - 1:00 pm & 2:00 - 3:00 pm Student-Led Tour
September 19 - November 18 Monday - Friday 10:00 am - noon & 1:00 - 3:00 pm Combination Information Session + Tour

Please note these important dates on the Amherst College calendar:

  • Saturday, October 8 - Due to the mid-semester break, there will only be one session offered on this date, a combination information session + tour, from 10:00 am - noon.
  • Sunday-Tuesday, October 9 -11 - Due the the mid-semester break, there will be no information sessions or tours offered on these dates.
  • Saturday, October 29 - Amherst College Homecoming; no information sessions or tours will be offered.

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Informal Visits

First-Year Quad

Explore Campus on Your Own

If you are unable to join us on campus at a time when we are hosting formal tours and information sessions, you are welcome to enjoy an unhosted walk through campus. During your visit, you can follow our self-guided online virtual tour, access our interactive campus map, or pick up printed copies of our campus map and our "Exploring Amherst" self-guided tour booklet from the visitor box outside the front door of Amherst's Wilson Admission Center.

Health and safety protocols are in place for campus visitors. Please review our protocols for on-campus visitors for detailed instructions about health and safety measures, parking, and arrival.

View our Campus Tour and Student Conversations Videos

Join three Amherst students — Alexandre, Clara and Lauren — to explore our beautiful campus and learn more about academic and student life in our extraordinary college community. And hear our summer student interns talk about their experiences at Amherst. Just scroll down this page a little to find the videos.

More Ways to Learn about Amherst

There's more than one way to learn about Amherst.... and there's a lot to learn! We encourage you to explore online through the College website. You can also learn more about student life at Amherst by reading our student blogs and the profiles of our tour guides and diversity outreach interns. You might find someone from your home state, or from the other side of the world. Your interests might be similar, or very different. Amherst students inhabit many worlds --  academic, artistic, athletic, political, social and much, much more. Many of their interests overlap, intersect and diverge in exciting ways. It's typical at Amherst to meet an English major who’s fascinated by physics. Or a basketball player who loves philosophy. Or a computer whiz who plays saxophone and flute and has decided to try percussion. Amherst students come in lots of varieties!

And don’t forget our accomplished faculty. You can read faculty profiles to learn more about the teaching and research of these talented and fascinating people who will be part of your Amherst world.

We also invite you to view our series of student-faculty video panels on what teaching, learning, and living is like within the Amherst College community.

There's a lot to know about us, so time to get started exploring!

Keeping in Touch

We are here to answer your questions during our regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm), so please don't hesitate to contact us, either by phone (413-542-2328) or email (admission@amherst.edu). We want to be certain you have the information you need, so don't hesitate to get in touch!

Campus Tour Video

Welcome to Amherst College

Join three Amherst students — Alexandre, Clara and Lauren — to explore our beautiful campus and learn more about academic and student life in our extraordinary college community.

Admission Summer Conversations

Our summer interns talk about their experiences at Amherst. They discuss making Amherst a second home, orientation activities, first-year seminar & open curriculum, student support resources, and affinity groups and clubs.