Conference Location

The conference will be held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The hub of the conference is the Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center. Many sessions and events will be held in the Campus Center, with additional programming in nearby academic buildings, the Fine Arts Center, and around the campus pond. Click here to take a look at a campus map.

The Campus Center and Campus Center Parking Garage are located at 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst MA 01003. Click here to obtain turn-by-turn directions to the Campus Center Parking Garage. 

The North Residence Halls are all located on Eastman Lane, Amherst MA 01003. Click here to obtain turn-by-turn direction to North (please note this link will provide directions to North D, but as all 4 North buildings are located next to each other these directions can be used regardless of your final building assignment).

The traditional residence hall will be located in the Central Residential Area, near Infirmary Way in Amherst MA 01003, but at this time we do not know the exact building that will be used. Campus Center eateries will be open and we anticipate that Franklin Dining Commons will be the main DC. Updates will be posted here and detailed information will be emailed to all registered attendees as the conference approaches.

DRIVING TO CAMPUS

From the South, via I-91 North
Take Exit 19 in Northampton. From the exit ramp, stay to the right to merge onto Route 9. Travel approximately 4.5 miles to Route 116 North. Turn left onto 116 and go one mile to the UMass Exit. Stay to the right as you exit to merge onto Massachusetts Avenue. Take a left at the second set of lights onto Commonwealth Avenue. 
For commuters and Hotel UMass guests: continue on Commonwealth Avenue until you reach a set of traffic lights. Turn right onto Campus Center Way. Stay to the left to go up the hill – you will see the garage entrance up the hill on your right. 
For North Apartment guests: Commonwealth Avenue will become Governors Drive. Stay on Governors Drive until you reach the rotary. Take the second exit onto Eastman Lane. Take your second left (immediately after Totman) onto the one-way street. You will see the first two North Apartment buildings on the right. Based on the housing assignment email you will receive in July, pull into the small half circle in front of your building and check-in.

From the North, via I-91 South
Take Exit 25 in Deerfield. At the end of the ramp turn left onto Routes U.S. 5/10/116. Follow until the lights and then turn right to stay on 5/10/116. Go one mile and turn left onto Route 116 South. Follow Route 116 South for eight miles to the UMass exit. Turn left at the stop sign. Take a left at the second set of lights onto Commonwealth Avenue. 
For commuters and Hotel UMass guests: continue on Commonwealth Avenue until you reach a set of traffic lights. Turn right onto Campus Center Way. Stay to the left to go up the hill – you will see the garage entrance up the hill on your right.
For North Apartment guests: Commonwealth Avenue will become Governors Drive. Stay on Governors Drive until you reach the traffic circle. Take the second exit onto Eastman Lane. Take your second left (immediately after Totman) onto the one-way street. You will see the first two North Apartment buildings on the right. Based on the housing assignment email you will receive in July, pull into the small half circle in front of your building and check-in.

From the North, via I-93 South
Follow I-93 to I-495 South. Follow to Route 2 West. Continue on Route 2 to U.S. 202 South. Follow for about 15 miles to the blinking light at the Pelham exit marked “Route 9 and 116 Amherst.” Turn right and follow for seven miles to Amherst center. Turn right onto North Pleasant Street. Stay on North Pleasant Street (you will need to turn left twice to remain on North Pleasant Street, – follow signs to the UMass Campus).
For commuters and Hotel UMass guests: as you enter campus you will come to a set of lights. Stay to the left to turn onto Massachusetts Avenue. Follow Massachusetts Avenue through campus until you come to a set of lights. At the lights take a right onto Commonwealth Avenue. Continue on Commonwealth Avenue until you reach a set of traffic lights. Turn right onto Campus Center Way. Stay to the left and go up the hill – you will see the garage entrance up the hill on your right. 
For North Apartment guests: as you enter campus you will come to a set of lights. Stay in the right line and take a right to stay on North Pleasant Street. Follow North Pleasant to the traffic circle. Take the first exit onto Eastman Lane. Take your second left (immediately after Totman) onto the one-way street. You will see the first two North Apartment buildings on the right. Based on the housing assignment email you will receive in July, pull into the small half circle in front of your building and check-in.

From the East or West, via I-90 
Travelers have a choice of four routes:

  • Off Exit 8 (Palmer/Ware): Follow Route 32 South to Palmer; take Route 20 West to Route 181 North into Belchertown, and then Route 9 West to Amherst. Follow signs to UMass.
  • Off Exit 7 (Ludlow): Follow Route 21 North to U.S. 202 North to Route 9 West to Amherst center. Follow signs to UMass.
  • Off Exit 5 (Chicopee): Follow Route 33 North to Route 116 North to Amherst center. Turn left at the light onto Route 9 West. Follow signs to UMass.
  • Off Exit 4 (West Springfield): I-91 North to Exit 19 to Route 9 East to Amherst. Follow signs to UMass.

TRAVELING BY AIR 

If you are traveling to Amherst by plane, the closest airport is Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut (near Hartford). This airport is approximately 45 miles from the UMass campus. Another option is Logan International Airport in Boston, located approximately 90 miles from the UMass campus. Please remember to organize transportation to and from the airport in advance. 

Transportation Services

TRAVELING BY BUS 

The Amherst area is serviced by GreyhoundPeter Pan Bus Lines and the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority. Based on the service you select and route availabilities you should take a bus to Amherst UMass if at all possible instead of Amherst Center (Amherst Center is about 1.5 miles from the UMass Campus). Please be sure to review bus schedules and campus maps before your arrival as both the area and the campus can be confusing to navigate if it is your first time here.