New Student Orientation

Welcome, Class of 2025!

As orientation events are planned, they will be added here.

Orientation 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
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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
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Arrival and Move-in for New International Students

New international students arriving at Bradley International Airport will be met by upper-class international students and Orientation Leaders! All other new...

Welcome Dinner for New International Students

Join new and returning members of our community for your first dinner at Mount Holyoke!

8/22 5pm
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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...

8/22 7pm
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Pre-Orientation for New International Students

All new international students are required to attend. Pre-Orientation concludes with dinner on Tuesday, when Orientation begins.

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...

8/23 10am
Stream Available
Vendors on the Green

Local banks and cellphone plan providers will be available to answer questions and open new accounts.

8/23 11am
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Shopping Trip

Take this opportunity to purchase bed linen, pillows, and those odds and ends that did not fit into your suitcase. Meet by 2pm at the Community Center bus...

8/23 2pm
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Monday Fun-Day!

Come outside to meet other new students and connect with Orientation Leaders and ISOC (International Student Organizing Committee). Skinner Green; rain...

8/23 7pm
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Arrival and Move-in for New Domestic Students

Sign-ups for move-in times will be made available to all students by mid-July. More details will be sent to your MHC email address. Please anticipate a...

Cheer!

Orientation will begin after dinner on Tuesday.

Community Tours

Leave from Skinner Green -meet outside of Blanchard Hall.

8/24 9am
Stream Available
TB Testing Clinic

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...

8/24 10am
Stream Available
Vendors on the Green

Local banks and cellphone plan providers will be available to answer questions and open new accounts.

8/24 10am
Stream Available
International Student Immigration Session (required)

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

8/24 2pm
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International Student Work Clearance (required for those working on-campus)

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...

8/24 2:30pm
Stream Available
Transitions Abroad with ISOC: International Student Organizing Committee 
(required)

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

8/24 4pm
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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
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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
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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
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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
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LITS welcome table

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

8/25 12pm
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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
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Exploring Diversity and Inclusion at MHC (required)

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

8/25 3:30pm
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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
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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
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Creating a Gender Inclusive Community (required)

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

8/26 10am
Stream Available
Frances Perkins Scholar Lunch

Join other Frances Perkins Scholars for lunch!

8/26 12pm
Stream Available
LITS welcome table

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

8/26 12pm
Stream Available
Welcome and Academic Success for Transfer Students and Frances Perkins 
Scholars (required)

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

8/26 3pm
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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
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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
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Academic Advising for New Students (required)

Students meet with their academic advisors.

8/27 12pm
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LITS Open House

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

8/27 2pm
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Academic Fair

Come learn about the various academic departments.

8/27 3pm
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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
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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
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Convocation

Convocation kicks off the new academic year — and kicks class spirit into high gear. See the convocation page to learn more about this annual tradition.

Mary Lyon Aerial View for Generic Use

First day of classes for the fall semester.

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