First Year Class Calendar

Your first year is a time of transition — exploring your MoHome, trying out new ideas and interests, diving into academics, meeting and making new friends, and so much more. This page is a curated way for you to find events, programs, and offerings that are targeted to your experience as a first year student at Mount Holyoke.

Upcoming Events

New Student Zoom Session- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Mount Holyoke

Join our student leaders from ISOC, Orientation, and Community & Inclusion,Associate Dean of Students for Community and Inclusion,Dean of the Office of...

8/5 7pm
Stream Available
Residential Life at MHC (Preparing to Move to Campus)

Join the Residential Life team as they discuss the move in process & residential experience. In order to participate in this zoom session you must create a...

8/12 7pm
Stream Available
Welcome Gathering

Welcome to Mount Holyoke! Join new and returning students outside for games, snacks, and an opportunity to make new connections. Skinner Green; rain...


Orientation will begin after dinner on Tuesday.

Community Tours

Leave from Skinner Green -meet outside of Blanchard Hall.

8/24 9am
Stream Available
First Orientation Group Meeting (required)

Join your Orientation Leader and other members of your orientation group! You'll start in the Dining Commons and then will be meeting on Skinner Green.

8/24 7pm
Stream Available
Meet Your Res Life Staff (required)

Students will meet in the common areas of their residence halls to get to know their staff and fellow new students. Then they will walk over together to...

8/24 8pm
Stream Available
Movie Under the Stars: Dirty Dancing

Come join your fellow new students and cheer when “nobody puts Baby in the corner” because “Baby’s starting Mount Holyoke in the fall”! Amphitheater; rain...

8/24 9pm
Stream Available
Welcome to MoHome and Orientation Groups (required)

Join the Division of Student Life and student leaders to learn more about what to expect during orientation and items to know as you join the Mount Holyoke...

8/25 10am
Stream Available
LITS welcome table

Meet LITS staff at in the Library, ask questions, pick up buttons and stickers!

8/25 12pm
Stream Available
CO-TALK: The Insider's Guide to Having Difficult Conversations (required)

Adjusting to campus life can be challenging. This program is designed to offer students a strategy to approach each other and engage in collaborative...

8/25 1:30pm
Stream Available
Orientation Groups

Meet up with your Orientation group in the location identified by your Orientation Leader, and then you'll go to the Honor Code Ceremony together.

8/25 7pm
Stream Available
Honor Code Ceremony and First M&Cs (required)

The Honor Code Ceremony is one of the most special traditions held during Orientation. You'll hear from President Stephens and a faculty alum, and be able to...

8/25 8pm
Stream Available
Creating a Gender Inclusive Community (required)

You'll attend this session with your Orientation small group.

8/26 10am
Stream Available
Lower Lake Resource Walkthrough

With your Orientation small groups, explore the different resources found near Lower Lake. Get a glimpse into projects done at the Makerspace, wander through...

8/26 4pm
Stream Available
Cultural Centers, Unity Center, and Eliot House Open House

Students will have an opportunity to enjoy great food, games, and activities while visiting each Cultural Center, the Unity Center and Eliot House in order...

8/26 8pm
Stream Available
Academic Advising for New Students (required)

Students meet with their academic advisors.

8/27 12pm
Stream Available
First Year Plant Distribution

First year plants will be distributed at Talcott Greenhouse. Class of 2024 come by to if you haven't picked one up yet!

8/27 3pm
Stream Available
First Friday: Silent Disco

Silent Disco is epic! Everyone gets their own headset and three channels of music to choose from, come dance the night away with glow-in-the-dark items...

8/27 8pm
Stream Available
Common Read Kickoff

Mount Holyoke's 2021-2022 Common Read is “The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race,” an essay and poetry collection edited by National Book...

9/9 7pm
Virtual Event
Top of Gate for Generic Use

Advisors are available to help students select courses for the upcoming semester