The University of Massachusetts Amherst

UMass and the Amherst Area

Located in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, the Juniper Institute continues New England’s profound literary tradition. Amherst, famously the hometown of Emily Dickinson, is a quintessential college town, full of great restaurants, cafés, and bookstores. Nearby Hadley and Northampton offer additional cultural attractions and museums.

young writers meditating at the Peace Pagoda

The Valley is also a convenient base from which you can visit a variety of college campuses in the Northeast. There are five colleges in the Amherst area—Amherst College, Smith College, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst—each of which offers a unique intellectual and social environment. Many more colleges and universities are within driving distance. Participants and parents interested in visiting schools in the region may find it convenient to take a side trip before or after their time at the Juniper Institute.

Getting to Campus