Group Visits

Visits suspended until May 5

While there are no suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases on Mount Holyoke’s campus, in light of the virus’s rapid spread – and based on emerging recommendations from the CDC and other public health authorities – the College has moved to enact several preventive and proactive measures. These measures impact our ability to host visitors to campus. Effective March 13, 2020, all campus visits will be suspended until May 5. This includes all tours, lunch visits, information sessions, and on-campus interviews. Once we have a clear sense of the full impact of COVID-19 on campus operations, those registered for visit options within our suspension window will be contacted by our office to reschedule.

Guidelines & Expectations

Mount Holyoke College is pleased to offer Group Visit experiences throughout the school year and during the summer to schools and organizations. Group Visits are customizable, but generally last 2 hours and include a guided campus tour (1 hour 15 minutes), followed by an information session/Q&A (45 minutes) with an admission staff member and current student. Reservations are required for groups larger than 10. If your group is smaller (5-10 students), we still appreciate advance notice, as we aim to provide small and intimate tour experiences. To schedule a Group Visit, please submit the Group Visit Request Form at least 3 weeks prior to the day you would like to visit.

By requesting a Group Visit, you and your students are agreeing to the following set of guidelines:

Preparation

In order to make your visit most productive for your students, some advance preparation is strongly encouraged. The following are among the considerations you should keep in mind:

  • Group leaders should provide their students with a basic orientation to the college experience before arriving on campus.
  • Behavioral expectations should be made clear to students in advance of their visit to campus.
  • Clear expectations surrounding the desired outcomes to be gained from a visit should be shared with visiting students.

Expectations

These are designed to ensure that your visit is meaningful and does not disrupt the flow of campus activity:

  • Ensure that students participating in a visit to Mount Holyoke College have genuine interest in learning about the college.
  • Please consider providing at least one chaperone per every 10 students.
  • Chaperones should be actively engaged in the visit. They should encourage student participation and monitor student behavior.
  • Visitors should be respectful of students, faculty, staff, presenters, and the campus community at all times.
  • Be on time. A 15 minute grace period will be offered to groups who may be running late for any reason. After this time, we cannot guarantee that a tour guide will be available. If that is the case, we will happily provide you with self-guided tour information.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated, and allows us to continue to offer successful and enjoyable Group Visits.