Family Weekend FAQs

When is Family Weekend 2018?

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's the Family Weekend registration fee?

Is there a late registration fee?

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 2018 is October 19-21.

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:

Fairfield Inn & Suites, Northampton
Phone Number: 413-587-9800
Group Code: UMASS Family Weekend
$289-299 plus tax and applicable fees per person
10 rooms (Sold Out)

Fairfield Inn & Suites at Ingleside Square Holyoke
Phone Number: 413-533-2800
Group Code: UMASS Family Weekend
$199-209 plus tax and applicable fees per person
10 rooms (Sold Out)

Hampton Inn, West Springfield
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-New Students & Parent Services
$170 plus tax and applicable fees per person
15 Rooms (Sold Out)

Red Roof Inn, South Deerfield
Phone: 800-733-7663
Group Code: B289UMA018
$135.99-150.44 plus tax and applicable fees per person
19 rooms (Sold Out)

Other Hotels as of 9/19/2018 with room availability in the area but that are not part of our hotel room blocks:

Homewood Suites by Hilton
375 Whitney Ave
Holyoke, MA 01040
413-532-3100

Hilton Garden Inn
800 Hall of Fame Avenue
Springfield, MA 01105
413-886-800

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

 

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 2018. Visit the site often for added sessions and activities.

When will we be able to register for the weekend?

Registration is now open.

What's the Family Weekend registration fee?

The Family Weekend Registration fee is $30.00 for 1-5 people AND $60 for 6 people or more.

Is there a late registration fee?

Yes, the fee changes to $40.00 for 1-5 people AND $80 for 6 people or more after 10/12/2018

What is included in the Family Weekend fee?

The Family Weekend fee covers program materials, refreshments, family reception, late night movie screening, open houses, information sessions, the Chancellor’s Welcome, lab/library/media outlet tours, wagon rides, pumpkin decorating, and more.

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.