Orientation Schedule

Students in green for convocation

Spring Orientation 2018 starts on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 for students attending international pre-orientation and starts on Thursday, January 18, 2018 for all new students.

We encourage international students who will be arriving to Mount Holyoke with their parents, families and or guests to let us know by filling out this form.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

10am-last arrival
Blanchard 205 
Check-in and welcome for international students
International Student Organizing Committee (ISOC) members and Orientation Leaders will meet international students arriving at Bradley International Airport. All other new international students should check in at 205 Blanchard Hall when they arrive on campus. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Health Center
Mandatory Tuberculosis test for international students
All new international students are required to have a TB test done before beginning their studies at MHC. Meet ISOC members and Orientation Leaders in front of Blanchard Hall at 8:30am.

Blanchard second floor: rooms 205 & 227
Welcome Center and Family Resource Fair
Room keys, Orientation schedules, and a resource fair for new students and families.

11am-12 noon
Dwight 101  
Transitions abroad for international students
Members of the International Student Organizing Committee (ISOC) and Orientation Leaders will answer your most pressing questions and facilitate a discussion of life at MHC and in the U.S.

Morrison Room, Willits-Hallowell Center
Welcome lunch for new students and families

Morrison Room, Willits-Hallowell Center
Parent and family orientation
Student Life and academic professionals discuss your student’s transition into college life at MHC.

Kendade Computer Lab (Kendade G06)
Foreign National Information System (FNIS) session for international students (Mandatory)
Representatives from Financial Services will guide students through a computer program to enter the various visa statuses they have had when in the U.S.  Student should bring their current and previous passports, original travel documents (I-20 or DS-2019), and a list of all the previous visa statuses and the dates they entered and exited the U.S. in each status.

1:30–3:00 pm
Student Life conference room, Blanchard Hall 205
Informational meeting for new Frances Perkins and transfer students (Mandatory)
An orientation and registration overview, as well as covering academic resources, keys to transitioning to MHC, general success tips, and more. For new Francis Perkins and transfer students, facilitated by Carolyn Dietel, Director of the Frances Perkins Program and Transfer Admission, and Alison Hopkins, Class Dean for Sophomores and Juniors.

Dwight 101
Immigration regulations and on-campus employment  for international students (Mandatory)
An overview of immigration regulations that apply to foreign citizens who are studying and working in the U.S.  All international  students who have work study and will work on campus must complete I-9 and W-4 forms. Please bring your passports and I-20 forms.

New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall
Welcome to MoHome (Mandatory)
Join the Division of Student Life to learn about social and community life at MHC. A fun-filled session of community building, facts, and insider tips on how to navigate your new college world.

Dinner with Orientation groups

Community Center Bus Stop
Trip to Hampshire Mall
Need decorations or other sundry items to spruce up your room? Catch a shuttle to the Hampshire Mall (Target and more!). Meet at Blanchard bus stop. Bus will be departing campus at 7:30 pm, and back by 9:30pm.

Various residence halls
Community programming

Friday, January 19, 2018

New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall
[Not-so-secret] Secrets of academic success (Mandatory)
This session will cover academic resources, keys to transitioning to MHC academics, general academic success tips, and a reflection on the kind of learner you are.

Atrium, Williston Library
Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS) open house
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, make a button, write on the Ask LITS wall, or grab a cup of coffee from Rao’s. Come find a favorite study nook and be ready for finals. Tours run every 30 minutes from 11 to 2:30.

Lunch with Orientation groups

Faculty Offices
Academic advising sessions (Mandatory)
All new students meet with faculty advisors in faculty offices.

Dwight 101
ResLife 101 (Mandatory)
Come meet the Residential Life Professional Staff to learn what you'll love about your MoHome! Hear tips and tricks for navigating new experiences, such as having a roommate for the first time, doing laundry, policies and rules, and connecting with others on your floor. Take your first step towards engaging in residential life at Mount Holyoke College.

Reading Room, Williston Library
Mount Holyoke traditions: your first M&Cs! (Mandatory)
Come join one of the most delicious MHC traditions, Milk and Cookies! (In Mary Lyon's day, it was crackers.) Socialize with classmates and staff from Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS), enjoy some cookies, and collect a special gift.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall
Common Read Experience (Mandatory)
Engage in your fist MHC discourse with faculty, staff and students as we discuss ‘Citizen: An American Lyric’ by Claudia Rankine. This session will interweave elements of storytelling and social justice, all with a focus toward better understanding ourselves and the communities of which we are a part.

Lunch with Orientation groups

1:30 – 3:30pm
Hooker Auditorium, followed by locations throughout campus
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, and set your well-being intentions for the year! The group session will be followed by breakout workshops to learn innovative ways to take care of yourself as you begin life at MHC.  All new students will register for workshops prior to Orientation, so be on the lookout for more information. 

New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall
Communication, accountability, and sexual respect in our community (Mandatory)
A viewing of a theater piece designed to educate and start a dialogue about sexual violence prevention on our campus. The video contains a series of vignettes with examples of consent conversations, bystander strategies, and stories of support. These fictional stories are written and performed by Five College students and staff. The cast and crew consist of sexual violence survivors, allies, consent educators, trauma counselors, and safer sex educators. Group discussions will occur during the viewing of the recorded performance.

Dinner and Orientation groups

Surprise location to be announced!
First Saturday
Enjoy your first Saturday at Mount Holyoke by having fun in and exploring the local community!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Kendade G06
Campus Clarity
For those students who have not yet completed the online Campus Clarity module, as sent out to students via email.

11:30 am–1:15 pm

Hooker Auditorium
Day of Service Project: Food Insecurity in the Pioneer Valley (Mandatory)
Before participating in the Day of Service on Monday, learn more about the lives of Americans living in food insecure households and what we can do to end hunger in the U.S., which is now more prevalent than ever.

3:30pm – 4:30pm
Abbey Chapel
Honor Code Ceremony (Mandatory)

4:30–5:30 pm
President’s House
Afternoon tea with Acting President Stephens

5:30–7:00 pm

Hooker Auditorium
Mount Holyoke traditions: "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”! 

Monday, January 22, 2018

Community Center Bus Stop
Day of Service Project (Mandatory)
Lunch provided.

Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
Aware Today (Mandatory)
Come test your knowledge about ways to reduce your risks and build skills to assess and help yourself and others to become Aware Today, Alive Tomorrow! This event will feature interactive stations about how to determine personal blood alcohol content (BAC); ways to intervene in an alcohol emergency; and our Medical Amnesty policy. Try on the Fatal Vision Goggles that simulate being under the influence. Free hot chocolate and cookies, T–shirts and other giveaways!

Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
Orientation 101 (Mandatory)
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 loud!) event with a great deal of cheering as the returning students welcome you into the community.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Class Begin for all students! Make sure to check out all of the opportunities, events and programs available as part of MHC’s Welcome MoHome, our weeks of welcome program.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Hooker Auditorium
Informational session for student employment (Dining Commons, Community Center and beyond)
This meeting is required for all 1st year spring admit students who have a work study package and want to work.  Please bring your class schedule, MHC ID, and pen to this meeting.

Friday, February 23rd

Blanchard 318
Social Security session
All new international students who have a Global Loan and all students who work on campus must apply for a Social Security Card. Staff from the Holyoke Social Security Office will be on campus to process applications. Bring your passport, original travel document (I-20 or DS-2019) and a letter from your on-campus employer.