Family Weekend FAQs

When is Family Weekend 2017?

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?

The dates for Family Weekend 2017 is October 13-15.

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
$129 plus tax and applicable fees per person
20 rooms Sold Out

Howard Johnson in Hadley
Phone: 413-586-0114
Group Code: UMASS Family Weekend
$174 plus tax and applicable fees per person
10 Rooms Sold Out

Red Roof Inn, South Deerfield
Phone: 413 665-7161
Group Code: B289UMAS17
$72-162 plus tax and applicable fees per person
20 rooms
 

Other Hotels as of 8/01/2017 with room availability in the area but that are not part of our hotel room blocks:

Residence Inn
500 Memorial Drive
Chicopee, MA 01020
413-331-4440

Days Inn, Greenfield
21 Colrain Rd
Greenfield, MA 01301
413-376-5195

Holiday Inn Express
321 Center Street
Ludlow, MA 01056
413-589-9300

Sheraton
Monarch Place
Springfield, MA 01144
413-781-1010

Springfield Marriott
2 Boland Way
Springfield, MA 01115
413-781-7111

Comfort Inn & Suites
106 Capital Drive
West Springfield, MA 01089
413-736-5000

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
39 Southampton Road
Westfield, MA 01085
413-564-6900

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

Yes, there will be a reception, open houses and tours, information sessions, 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 will be available starting in Summer 2017. Visit the site often for added sessions and activities.

When will we be able to register for the weekend?

Online registration is now open.

What is included in the Family Weekend fee?

The Family Weekend fee covers program materials, refreshments, open houses, information sessions, 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. We compile a special page with the information for these events and post it in October.

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.