Campus Updates

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 spring semester.

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Opening the Gates

Opening the Gates: Mount Holyoke’s Plan for 2021

On the afternoon of December 24, Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders and Secretary of Education Jim Peyser released the following guidance to MA colleges and universities: “All institutions of higher education with residential students, as well as all boarding schools, should refrain from bringing any students back to campus until Monday, January 18, including gradual and scheduled move-ins over the weekend of January 16-17, if necessary. This does not apply to students who are currently residing on campus, or to students who had planned to come back before January 18 and have no other housing option for that time period.”

Mount Holyoke is required to update move-in plans accordingly. Please read our advisory notice for details. Any further updates to the Opening the Gates website will be made during the week of January 4.

We are excited to welcome our community to the spring 2021 semester at Mount Holyoke College. Although the on-campus experience 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. Mount Holyoke’s commitment to a healthy and productive campus experience is 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.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 Mount Holyoke experience, wherever you are located.

Opening the Gates Guide

All pages updated November 11, 2020. Updates will be marked below as they occur.


  • Flexible Immersive Teaching: the FIT model
  • Technology needs for accessing the curriculum
  • Accessing the library
  • Advising
  • Adding and/or dropping courses
  • Five College courses (updated November 20, 2020)
  • Study abroad
  • Gap semester and leave of absence options
  • In-person independent study opportunities
  • Grading
  • Major and minor requirements
  • Physical education
  • Excess credits and course overloads
  • Transferring credits from other institutions

Financial Matters

  • Financial aid support due to income changes
  • Revised financial aid packages for spring 2021
  • Work-study awards and job availability
  • Room and board charges
  • Appeals for off-campus living expenses
  • Loan relief
  • Reinstatement of full global loans
  • 2020-21 tuition and fee information
  • Student health insurance
  • Paying your bill
  • How to request a refund of a credit balance
  • How to reset your Financial Aid Online password
  • How to provide financial assistance for students

Health and Prevention

  • Health form requirements
  • Face-covering requirements (updated December 14, 2020)
  • Testing requirements
  • Testing procedures
  • Isolation and quarantine
  • Student health insurance
  • How to increase your chances of not getting sick
  • What to do if you have health concerns
  • Travel tips and testing results (updated December 22, 2020)
  • Testing Center (information added January 7, 2021)

Recreation and Athletics

  • Medical clearance and testing
  • Varsity practices and meetings
  • Spring competitions
  • Availability of athletic facilities
  • Club sports (updated December 18, 2020)

Safe On-Campus Living and Housing

  • Living on campus
    • Campus arrival and quarantine (updated January 4, 2021)
    • Transportation (updated  January 4, 2021)
  • Living off campus
  • Campus access and events
  • Storage

Student Employment

  • Work-study grants and awards
  • On-campus work
  • Remote work
  • January hiring period
  • Hours cap
  • Contacts



Mount Holyoke College has made all reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy of all information provided. This content is subject to change as the College continues to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 situation and related health and safety guidance. Please note: If, based on changes in health and safety requirements, the College needs to shift from its current residential model to fully remote, current policies, procedures, etc., would be subject to change.