Getting to Amherst and the UMass Campus

DRIVING

The enclosed campus map can also be found online at the UMass Visitors Center site. If you are driving and using GPS, the address for North Building B is: 58 Eastman Lane, Amherst, MA 01003.

From the North:

From I-91 South, take exit 25 in Deerfield. At the end of the ramp, turn left and follow road to the intersection. Turn right onto Routes 5 & 10 South. Go 1 mile, then turn left onto Route 116 South. Follow 8 miles to the UMass exit.

From the East:

  1. Via I-90/Mass Pike. Take Exit 4 (West Springfield/Holyoke). Follow I-91 N to Exit 19. From the exit ramp, turn right onto Route 9. Travel approximately 4.5 miles to Route 116 North; turn left at traffic light. UMass exit is one mile. (There are also exit signs to UMass Amherst at Exit 8 driving West from Boston on the Mass Pike, but the route is circuitous and we recommend continuing on I-90 to exit 4.)
  2. Via Route 2 West. Take exit 16 marked Belchertown/Amherst to Route 202 South. Continue for about 15 miles to a blinking yellow light at Amherst Road. (You will see signs for Rt 9 and Rt 116). Turn right and follow Amherst Road (becomes Pelham Road after about 4 miles) for 7 miles to Amherst center. Follow signs to UMass.

From the West:

From Route 2 East, exit at the Greenfield/I-91 exit (first exit on roundabout). Take I-91 South to exit 25 in Deerfield. Turn Left at the end of the ramp and continue a short distance to intersection. Turn Right on to Routes 5/10 South. Go 1 mile, and turn left onto Route 116 South. Follow for 8 miles to the UMass exit. If you are driving East on the Mass Pike/I-90, take exit 4 and follow directions above.

From the South:

From I-91 North, take Exit 19 in Northampton. From the exit ramp, turn right onto Route 9. Travel approximately 4.5 miles to Route 116 North (turn left at traffic lights). UMass exit is 1 mile.

Arriving on the UMass Campus:

From 116N, there is an exit for UMass Amherst with signs directing you to the campus. You will be on Massachusetts Avenue. Turn Left on Commonwealth Avenue (just past the playing fields); after you pass the Mullins Center on your Left, this will turn into Governors Drive and lead you to the North Pleasant Street roundabout at the Lederle Graduate Research Center. Go halfway around the roundabout and exit on Eastman Drive. The North Apartments are to your left just past Totman Gym.

If you come in on Route 9 from the East, take a Right onto Triangle Street, which will turn into North Pleasant Street at the traffic light. Continue to the roundabout, and turn Right on Eastman Lane.

If you are using GPS, the address is 58 Eastman Lane, Amherst, MA 01003.

FLYING

Hartford/Bradley International Airport (BDL) is the closest airport to UMass Amherst, serving both western Massachusetts and the greater Hartford area.

The best way to get to UMass from Bradley is by reserving the Valley Transporter, which you will need to do in advance and provide flight information. After claiming your luggage, passengers can go to the Valley Transporter Courtesy Desk inside the baggage claim area and use the courtesy phone for instructions on where to meet your driver.

Boston Logan International Airport is also a possibility. From the Boston airport, it is possible to take a Peter Pan Bus to the campus at UMass Amherst. Peter Pan pick up locations are located outside the baggage area of each terminal at Logan Airport.  You can also make your way to South Station Boston (700 Atlantic Avenue) and take the bus from there.

Kennedy International or LaGuardia International in New York City: Connecticut Limo offers a shuttle service to Hartford, CT (approximately $69), where it is possible to take either the Peter Pan Bus or the Mega Bus to Amherst. Peter Pan Bus offers a route (approximately 5 hours) from the New York Port Authority to UMass. You can also make your way by local transport to Penn Station and make connections with Amtrak to Springfield and connect with the Peter Pan Bus to Amherst.

TRAIN AND BUS

Amtrak offers frequent train service (about 5 hours, cash/credit card accepted) from New York - Penn Station, to Springfield, MA. There is one train (the Vermonter) direct to Amherst that departs daily from Penn Station at approximately 11:30am and arrives in Amherst at 4:20. You can take a cab to the UMass campus and the North Residential area.  If you are on a train that will take you only to Springfield, you will need to walk (10-15 minutes) from the Springfield train station to the bus station to take the Peter Pan Bus from Springfield to UMass Amherst.

Peter Pan Bus serves Amherst with frequent schedules from Hartford, New York City, and Boston. There is usually a drop off at Haigis Mall at the UMass campus, although bus schedules run differently during the summer.

Mega Bus serves Amherst and Hartford, but service to Amherst is limited. Reservations are necessary;  departure points include New York City and Hartford.

Valley Transporter provides shuttle service from Amherst to the Springfield Amtrak station, and to Bradley, Boston, and New York City airports. 


Amherst and Environs

Amherst, Massachusetts is a rich cultural and educational center. It is the home of the five educational institutions that make up the Five College consortium: Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Within the Five College area are the ten member institutions of Museums10, a collaboration that includes Historic Deerfield, the Emily Dickinson Homestead, the Beneski Museum of Natural History (think dinosaurs), the Yiddish Book Center, and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, along with the five art museums on the respective campuses.

To the south are the urban communities of Springfield, home of the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Quadrangle Museum complex, and Holyoke, a former industrial city noted for its canals.

To the west are the Berkshires, home of the famed Jacob’s Pillow summer dance venue and Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Clarke Art Museum in Williamstown, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MassMoca) in North Adams, and the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge. Summer theater opportunities are multiple, including many in the immediate five college area.  

Boston, a two-hour drive to the East, is home of the Museum of Fine Arts as well as the Isabella Gardner Museum. You can take a duck-tour or a harbor cruise, visit historic Fenway Park, or walk the Freedom Trail


Dining Options

UMass DiningThe North residential suites include a kitchen with a fridge, small stove, and micro-wave. Local grocery stores are a bus ride away, and it is very likely you can outfit a kitchen with the essentials from local thrift stores.

UMass Dining Services provides an array of dining options; it is known for using local produce, sustainable seafood, and global cuisine. The Worcester Dining Commons is close to the North Residential area, and is open from 7am – 7pm daily. Breakfast is $7.50; Lunch is $9.75, and Dinner is $12.50 (7% tax). You can purchase a meal card plan for the three weeks, or pay as you go in the dining commons. 

There are also dining options in the Campus Center, including the Blue Wall Coffee Shop, the Market Place Cafe, and the French Meadow Cafe where you can grab a muffin, pastry, and coffee.

The town of Amherst offers a variety of lovely restaurants, ranging from burritos and burgers to fine dining. It is a short walk from campus and bus service is available on a limited summer schedule. 


Housing Options

North Residence Halls

We have arranged for housing in the North Apartments, the newest housing units on campus. The North Apartments provide air-conditioned, suite accommodations with four single bedrooms surrounding a common area, kitchen facilities, and two shared bathrooms at the rate of $47 per night. With linens provided, the total cost per participant is $997.00 for the three weeks.

If you choose this option, the project will deduct your housing costs from the stipend, and make the payment directly to UMass.

We encourage all NEH Summer Scholars to consider living on the UMass campus; we believe your time together can enhance the experience of the institute.

If you are interested in obtaining a summer sub-let, we suggest you visit the off-campus housing website at UMass. Additional information on housing in the Amherst area can be found on the UMass parents website in the visiting Amherst section. 


Parking

Parking is not an easy proposition on the UMass campus. As an NEH Summer Scholar, you will receive a parking pass which will allow you to park free in the “perimeter” lots. This includes Lot 44, which is fairly close to the North Apartments. Parking is also available in the Campus Center garage at the rate of $5 per day. Metered parking is available around campus, but is expensive and has limited time.

Please let us know if you will have a car on campus during the institute, and if you are interested in 1) the Campus Center option or 2) a parking pass for the perimeter lots. We will provide specific parking information at registration. It is our experience that the parking office at UMass is quite zealous about increasing the scholarship fund through ticketing fines, so we advise caution.

Parking passes will be made available during registration if you are driving a car to campus or commuting from nearby. Those wishing to purchase some of your meals from the UMass Dining Services will be provided with a slip that will allow you to purchase the meals at the reduced rate we posted earlier. If you are flying into Bradley Airport, we hope to be able to coordinate some pickups, and will be in touch with you individually if we are able to make arrangements.


Wireless

The North Residential area, Herter Hall, and most buildings on campus are wi-fi accessible. The UMass Library has a Learning Commons with available computers. We encourage you to bring your laptops. 


Library Privileges

NEH Summer Scholars will be designated as “Visiting Scholars” at the W.E.B. DuBois Library with borrowing privileges and access to all online databases during their stay. The Learning Commons on the lower level has both Mac and PC computers available for use as well as equipment for photocopying, scanning, etc. The microforms reading room is also on the lower level. 


PDPs and Graduate Credit

NEH Summer Scholars will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the three- week Institute that can be translated into PDPs in the participant’s home district. Anyone who seeks graduate course credit must make arrangements separately with the co-directors and register through UMass Continuing & Professional Education for an additional tuition fee.


Principles of Civility for NEH Institutes

The Endowment’s Seminars, Institutes, and Workshops are intended to extend and deepen knowledge and understanding of the humanities by focusing on significant topics, texts, and issues; contribute to the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants; and foster a community of inquiry that provides models of excellence in scholarship and teaching.

NEH expects that project directors will take responsibility for encouraging an ethos of openness and respect, upholding the basic norms of civil discourse. Seminar, Institute, and Workshop presentations and discussions should be:

  1. firmly grounded in rigorous scholarship, and thoughtful analysis;
  2. conducted without partisan advocacy;
  3. respectful of divergent views;
  4. free of ad hominem commentary; and
  5. devoid of ethnic, religious, gender or racial bias.

The NEH welcomes comments, concerns, or suggestions on these principles at info@neh.gov.


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