New Student Orientation

Welcome, Class of 2023!

New student orientation for fall admits begins on Friday, August 30, 2019.

All international students are required to attend pre-orientation for international students and should anticipate arriving on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 or Wednesday, August 28, 2019 with required pre-orientation programming beginning Thursday, August 29, 2019.

Domestic students should anticipate arriving on Friday, August 30, 2019.

Note that the orientation schedule is subject to additions and changes.

Upcoming Events

Welcome MoHome for New Student Athletes

For all new student athletes An opportunity to meet their Orientation Leader and learn more about the orientation program.

Arrival and Check-in for International Students

All day, beginning at 10 am. New international students arriving to campus will be met by upper-class international students and Orientation Leaders....

Welcome Dinner

Join new and returning members of our community for your first dinner at Mount Holyoke! We will take time to give introductions and then encourage folks to...

Vlog Screening: Navigating the Pioneer Valley

Join the International Student Organizing Committee (ISOC) to watch a vlog filmed by ISOC members. The vlog will take you on a video tour of the Pioneer...

Shopping Trip

A chance for new students to purchase bed linen, pillows, and those odds and ends that did not fit into your suitcase. Meet at 9:30 am at Mary Woolley Circle.

Lunch in the Dining Commons

Join your friends for lunch at any time during the lunch hours.

8/28 11:30am
 
Reception for International Parents and Guests

Join Mount Holyoke’s President Sonya Stephens for words of welcome, and to meet additional MHC faculty and staff.

Campus Tours for International Families and Guests

A chace for families and guests to learn more about where things happen at Mount Holyoke. Tours will leave from the Great Room in the Community Center.

Community Tours

Join members of the International Student Organizing Committee and Orientation Leaders on a variety of tours that showcase the Mount Holyoke campus and...

Dinner in the Dining Commons

Join your friends for dinner at any time during the dinner hours.

Evening Social: Pajama Party and Movie Night

Join the International Student Organizing Committee (ISOC) and members of the orientation team for this fun welcome and introduction to the Mount Holyoke...

"What I Wish I Knew"

We encourage you to join us for this advice fair. Students, faculty, and staff will be present to answer questions about various topics that will help...

International Student Immigration Session (mandatory)

Brittany Rhodes, Director of International Student Advising, and Jenny Medina, Immigration Advisor for International Students, will review immigration...

International Student Work Clearance (mandatory)

New students who plan to work on campus must complete required forms during this session (I-9 and federal/state tax forms). Bring your passport and I-20 form...

Transitions Abroad with ISOC: International Student Organizing Committee (mandatory)

Members of the International Student Organizing Committee (ISOC) will answer your most pressing questions and facilitate a discussion of life at MHC and in...

Open Mic Night with ISOC

Join other newly arrived students and members of the International Student Organizing Committee (ISOC) for an open mic night. A space to share your personal...

Counseling Services Open House

The MHC Counseling Service aims to help students achieve their educational and personal goals and be their healthiest selves. "Counseling" though, may not...

Welcome Tent and Family Resource Fair

Pick up your room key, grab an Orientation schedule and some breakfast, and visit the resource fair for new students and families.

Tuberculosis Testing

All students who have been identified as needing a tuberculosis screening are required to do so at the Health Center. Students will have been notified over...

Welcome Session for Parents of First Year and New Varsity Student Athletes

Join the director of athletics and other members of MHC’s athletics program to discuss your student’s experience as a varsity student-athlete. Information...

Check-In and Welcome for Frances Perkins Scholars

Gather as a group before the President's welcome to learn about Orientation programming. Upperclass students will be on hand to answer questions, connect new...

President's Welcome

Words of welcome to the incoming class from President Sonya Stephens.

Opening Day Picnic for New Students and Families

Join us on Skinner Green for a picnic to celebrate your arrival. Families welcome. If you are a transfer student, meet up in front of Blanchard Hall facing...

Academic Success for Transfer Students and Frances Perkins Scholars (mandatory)

This session will focus specifically on the transfer and Frances-Perkins experience, with resources provided by staff and students. It will cover academic...

Firstie Plant Giveaway and Talcott Greenhouse Open House

Please visit the Botanic Garden's Talcott Greenhouse at these times to collect your first-year plant — a beloved tradition nearly 50 years in the...

Open House: Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS)

Stop by for an introduction to the many resources LITS has to offer! While here, you can take a tour of our beautiful buildings, meet our fabulous staff,...

Academic Advising (mandatory)

New students meet with their Academic Advisors.

Parent and Family Orientation: Student Life and Services Panel

Student life and academic professionals discuss your student’s transition into college life at MHC. Offices represented will include Residential Life,...

Parent and Family Orientation: Supporting Your #FearlessFirst Student

Join the FirstGen Network to learn about resources and tips on how to support your first generation student during their time at MHC.

Parent and Family Orientation: Experiential Learning Session

At Mount Holyoke College, students have many opportunities to connect academic work with professional development through focused experiential learning. This...

President's Reception for New Students and Families

President Sonya Stephens welcomes new students and families. Rain location: Willits-Hallowell Conference Center

First Orientation Group Meeting

Check your advising folder to see your orientation group. This is an opportunity to meet your Orientation Leader and the rest of your small group.

Meet Your Res Life Staff (mandatory)

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...

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”! Rain Location: Mary...

Welcome MoHome (mandatory)

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...

Lunch in the Dining Commons and Orientation Small Groups

Enjoy lunch and then meet up with your orientation small group.

Exploring Diversity and Inclusion at Mount Holyoke (mandatory)

How does your story, and the stories of your classmates, add to the story of Mount Holyoke? What does it mean to build a community of individuals from...

Dessert at the Cultural Centers, Unity Space & Eliot House

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

Pub Trivia Night for Frances Perkins Scholars

Welcome MoHome new and returning FPs! We have a pub-inspired trivia night just for you — there will be snacks, drinks, prizes, and of course, trivia!

Transfer Student Social

Calling all new transfer students for an evening of fun just for your transfer student cohort! Connect to other entering transfer students and upper-class...

First Saturday!

Come meet your fellow new students as you enjoy a summer night with music, food — and so much more! A more low-key option will also be available.

Self-Advocacy 101

This event is specifically for first-years who have completed the AccessAbility Services application process. AccessAbility Services Fellows will talk...

Lunch in the Dining Commons

Enjoy lunch at any time during these hours.

9/1 11:30am
 
Brunch with AccessAbility Fellows

Casual brunch with the Fellows post Self-Advocacy 101. Please feel free to join the Fellows for brunch even if you are unable to attend the Self-Advocacy 101...

Be Well at Mount Holyoke (mandatory)

Come learn about all the well-being resources and services available to you as a member of the Mount Holyoke community, set your well-being intentions for...

Charting Your Involvement Journey at MHC (mandatory)

Are you looking to impact MHC and the greater community? Want to learn how to get involved on-campus, explore your ideas and passions, and start to build...

Title IX and Gender Based Equity (mandatory)

Mount Holyoke College is committed to a campus environment free from bias, discrimination and violence. Sex and gender based discrimination can show up in...

Honor Code Ceremony (mandatory)

All new students must attend and sign the honor code. I will honor myself, my fellow students, and Mount Holyoke College by acting responsibly, honestly,...

Mount Holyoke Traditions: Your First M&Cs (mandatory)

Come join in one of the most delicious MHC traditions, Milk and Cookies! (In Mary Lyon's day, it was crackers.) Socialize with classmates and staff from...

[Not so Secret] Secrets of Academic Success at Mount Holyoke (mandatory for first year students)

This session will cover academic resources, keys to transitioning to MHC academics, general academic success tips, and a reflection on the kind of learner...

Transfer Student Panel

Hear from upper-class transfer students about their MHC experience as they answer incoming transfer student questions and share their journeys. Join us for...

Career Development Center and Student Employment (mandatory for those planning to work on campus)

We will introduce career development services and resources for students, and discuss student employment and JobX (the student employment database).

Affinity Group Dialogues

Various dialogue groups will be offered, more information to be provided during Exploring Diversity and Inclusion at Mount Holyoke session.

Aware Today

As a part of our Be Well program (Healthy Body/Healthy Minds components) come test your knowledge about ways to reduce your risks; build on skills to assess...

Getting to Know Campus Police

Campus Police is in operation 24 hours a day providing safety and security to all members of the campus community. Stop by the informational session to learn...

College Songs Workshop

Join members of the Mount Holyoke choral ensembles as we teach you traditional Mount Holyoke songs - the Alma Mater, the Goodnight Song, and even the...

Orientation 101

Join in a tradition that helps you get acquainted with the ins and outs of life at MHC. The only prerequisite is a sense of humor. This is a spirited (and...

Academic Fair

Curious about a particular major or minor? Come to the academic fair and meet representatives from the academic departments. Bring your questions!

AccessAbility 101

Review Accommodation Letters, learn the differences between accommodations in high school and college, specific accommodations and services available at...

Class of 2023 Photo

Your first official photo as an incoming class.

Convocation

Convocation kicks off the new academic year — and kicks class spirit into high gear.

Convocation Picnic

Come out to celebrate the start of the academic year with a picnic on Skinner Green.

Museum Mania

Try the Museum Scavenger Hunt Challenge! Explore the Museum's galleries and be the first on campus to see the new exhibitions. Everyone who completes a...

Theatre Backstage Tour

This is a chance to meet faculty, staff, student reps, and liaisons, and learn how to get involved and/or volunteer in theatre. Light refreshments will be...

Common Read Kick-Off with Tommy Orange

A discussion with the New York Times bestselling author of "There, There," a the winner of the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize and a finalist for the...

Dining Services Student Worker Scheduling Meeting

This is your opportunity to sign up to work in the Dining Services Department for the spring semester. However, you must have a work study package in order...

Classes begin

First day of classes for the fall semester.

Dance Department Information Meeting

Meet Dance faculty and guest artists, and learn about the dance department's curriculum, activities, performing opportunities, audition dates for...