New Student Orientation

The events listed here showcase what is currently being planned for new student orientation for fall 2020 admits. 

Currently, new student orientation for fall admits begins on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 for international students and Friday, September 4, 2020 for all other students. The College recognizes the evolving nature of the COVID-19 outbreak and any changes to the Orientation schedule will be made and communicated as soon as they are known.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

  • Arrival and Check-in for International Students (All day; opens at 10 am)  
  • Welcome Dinner (5 – 7 pm)   

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

  • Arrival and Check-in for International Students (All day; opens at 10 am) 
  • Shopping Trip (9:30 am. – 12:30 pm)                   
  • Reception for International Parents and Guests (1 – 2 pm)
  • Community Tours  (2 – 5 pm)
  • Evening Social: Pajama Party and Movie Night (7:30 pm)

Thursday, September 3, 2020

  • ‘What I Wish I Knew’ Advice Fair (10 am – Noon)
  • International Student Immigration Session (mandatory) (2 – 2:30 pm)   
  • International Student Work Clearance (mandatory) (2:30 – 3:30 pm)   
  • Transitions Abroad with ISOC: International Student Organizing Committee (mandator) 4 – 5:30 pm)
  • Open Mic Night with ISOC (7 – 9 pm) 

Friday, September 4, 2020

  • Welcome Tent and Family Resource Fair (8 am – Noon) 
  • Counseling Services Open House (8 am – Noon)
  • Welcome Session for Parents of First Year and New Varsity Student Athletes (10 - 11 am)
  • Check-In and Welcome for Frances Perkins Scholars (10:30 – 11:30 am) 
  • President’s Welcome (11:30 am – Noon)
  • Opening Day Picnic for New Students and Families (Noon – 1:30 pm) 
  • Academic Success for Transfer students and Frances-Perkins Scholars (mandatory) (1 – 2 pm)
  • New Student “Firstie” Plant Giveaway (1 – 3:30 pm)
  • Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS) Open House (1 – 5 pm)
  • Academic Advising (mandatory) (1:30 – 5 pm)
  • Parent and Family Orientation (1:30 – 5 pm) 
    • Student Life and Services Panel 
    • Supporting Your #FearlessFirst Student with the FirstGen Network
  • President’s Reception for New Students and Families (5 – 6  pm)
  • First Orientation Group Meeting (7 – 8 pm)
  • Meet Your Res Life Staff (mandatory) (8 – 9 pm)
  • Movie Under the Stars: Dirty Dancing (9 pm)

Saturday, September 5, 2020

  • Welcome to MoHome (mandatory) (10 am – Noon)
  • Exploring Diversity and Inclusion at Mount Holyoke (1:30 – 5 pm)
  • Dessert at the Cultural Centers, Unity Center & Eliot House (6 – 8  pm)
  • Pub Trivia Night for Frances Perkins Scholars (7 - 9  pm)
  • Transfer Student Social (7 – 9  pm)
  • First Saturday! (8 – 10 pm)

Sunday, September 6, 2020

  • Be Well at Mount Holyoke (mandatory) (Time TBD)
  • Charting Your Involvement Journey at MHC (Mandatory) (Time TBD)
  • Title IX and Gender Based Equity (mandatory) (Time TBD)
  • Honor Code Ceremony (mandatory) (8 – 9 pm)
  • Mount Holyoke Traditions: Your First M&Cs (mandatory) (9 – 11 pm)

Monday, September 7, 2020

  • Accommodations 101 (10 – 11 am or 11 am – Noon)
  • [Not so Secret] Secrets of Academic Success (mandatory for first year students) (10 – 11 am or 11 am – Noon)
  • Transfer Student Roundtable (11 am – Noon)
  • Career Development Center and Student Employment (mandatory for those planning to work on campus) (1 – 2:30 pm)
  • Affinity Group Dialogues (2:30 – 5 pm)
  • Self-Advocacy 101 (5 – 6 pm)
  • Dinner with AccessAbility Fellows (6 – 7 pm)
  • Orientation 101 (mandatory) (8 – 9 pm)

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

  • Academic Fair (9 – 10:30 am)
  • Convocation (11:30 am – 12:30 pm)
  • Convocation Picnic (12:30 – 1:30 pm)
  • Counseling Services Open House (1 – 4 pm)
  • New Student “Firstie” Plant Giveaway (1 – 3:30 pm)
  • Dining Services, Student Worker Scheduling Meeting (3 - 5 pm)



 

Tuesday, September 1

More dates through September 8, 2020

Mount Holyoke Campus

Event Type

Gatherings & Meetings

Event Topic

Community

Event Audience

Students

Group
Student Involvement
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