Family Weekend FAQs

When is Family Weekend 2016?

Can we make hotel reservations now?

Will there be programming on Friday and Sunday of Family Weekend?

When will the schedule of events be available online?

When will we be able to register for the weekend?

What is included in the Family Weekend fee?

We are divorced, but we both want to participate in Family Weekend for our student, how can we do this?

How can my special needs be accommodated? (Handicapped parking, dietary restrictions, accessibility questions, etc)

Where can I park for Family Weekend?

Are there other things to do in town that weekend?

What if I have other questions that you did not answer here?

When is Family Weekend?

Family Weekend 2016  is Friday, October 21 - Sunday, October 23.

Can we make hotel reservations now?

We suggest you make your reservations sooner rather than later. To help you plan your visit, we've put together information on places to stay.

We are also holding room blocks at the following hotels in the area:

Hampton Inn, West Springfield, MA
Phone Number: 413-732-1300
Group Code: SMERF
Phone: 413-732-1300
$129.00 plus tax and applicable fees
30 rooms

Ref Roof South Deerfield
Phone: 800-733-7663
Group Code: B289UMFW16
$134.99 plus tax and applicable fees
20 rooms

Comfort Inn Hadley
Phone: 413-584-9816
Group Code: 2348409
$150.00 plus tax and applicable fees
20 rooms

Will there be programming on Friday and Sunday of Family Weekend?

Yes, there will be a reception, open houses and tours, information sessions, and movie on Friday and a brunch on Sunday. The majority of the programming will be held on Saturday so if you cannot stay over night, you will still be able to participate in most of the events.

When will the schedule of events be available online?

The schedule of events is now available. Visit the site often for added sessions and activities.

When will we be able to register for the weekend?

Online registration is not open until the end of summer.

You can also register on-site at the Campus Center on the 2nd floor concourse on Friday, October 21 from 1:00 - 8:00 PM and Saturday, October 22 from 8:30 AM - 12 Noon. The $40/family registration fee is non-refundable and must accompany each registration (fee includes: program materials and all non-ticketed Family Weekend activities). Please bring your checkbook or credit card if you plan to register on-site.

What is included in the Family Weekend fee?

The Family Weekend fee covers program materials, refreshments, and all non-ticketed events including open houses, information sessions, the late night movie, the Chancellor’s Welcome, lab/library/media outlet tours, wagon rides, pumpkin decorating, and trolley rides.

We are divorced, but we both want to participate in Family Weekend for our student, how can we do this?

This is not a problem. After you register, email us at familyweekend@sacl.umass.edu to let us know the names of both parents/guardians and we will make up two separate packets for you.

How can my special needs be accommodated? (Handicapped parking, dietary restrictions, accessibility questions, etc)

After you register, please send us a note at familyweekend@sacl.umass.edu with your needs and we will do our best to accommodate you. Please note: We do not supply wheelchairs or scooters.

Where can I park for Family Weekend?

Complimentary parking for Family Weekend guests is available in the Campus Center Garage located at 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01003 when you present your Family Weekend program to the attendant upon exiting the garage. This is the closest parking to our registration station on the Campus Center Concourse, level 2 and most of the activities. Parking in the garage is accessible on level 2.

Are there other things to do in town that weekend?

Yes, there are several other things to do in the town of Amherst that weekend. There will be a special page in your registration packet that will have the information for these events.

What if I have other questions that you did not answer here?

Please send your questions to us at familyweekend@sacl.umass.edu or call (413) 577-4444 and we will do our best to get you the answers that you need.