Campus Updates

Please visit the Campus Updates page for information on Mount Holyoke’s response to the global pandemic. The Opening the Gates website contains the plan for the fall semester. FAQs are being updated regularly.

Opening the Gates: Mount Holyoke’s Plan for 2020

We are excited to welcome our community to the start of the fall 2020 semester at Mount Holyoke College. Although this fall will look different than the past, we are committed to delivering an enriching education to our students in a safe environment for all our community members.  

The actions summarized here provide guidelines and specifications for the many aspects of academic and campus life affected by the pandemic and the College’s commitment to a healthy and productive campus experience based on the following principles:

  • To safeguard the health and safety of our campus and surrounding communities;

  • To assure and enhance the College’s core academic mission and support inclusive excellence;

  • To ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the College through organizational efficacy.

These measures are a work in progress and will continue to be amended and added to over the coming days and weeks as the current situation evolves. We encourage you to check back regularly for the latest information. If you have questions, please contact us at

Given the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 virus, information is subject to change based on public health conditions and other unknown or unforeseen circumstances. For instance, should COVID-19 create a significant health issue on campus, in Massachusetts, or in the country, we may have to alter these plans. Importantly, classes and activities could be remote, in person or a combination thereof, and could change at any time. Our flexible immersive teaching model is designed with this necessary adaptability in mind and we will do all we can to provide you with an authentic MHC experience, wherever you are located.