Campus Updates

Visit the campus updates page for information on Mount Holyoke's response to the global pandemic. The Opening the Gates site also contains details about the fall semester. 

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Safe On-Campus Living and Housing

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Orientation and Move-in

We are excited to welcome all undergraduate students back to campus — or to campus for the first time — and are creating tailored arrival experiences that take into account what has been a long absence for many returning students, and to create a full and exciting orientation to Mount Holyoke for others. The goal is to connect (or reconnect) you to each other and to resources and people here to support your academic and personal goals, to help you understand campus and the COVID-19 procedures in place, and to celebrate together the academic and co-curricular engagement, traditions and events that are the fullest expression of the Mount Holyoke experience.

Every student will sign up for a specific move-in time on one of the dates below, organized so that we can focus on particular cohorts and their orientation needs. Move-in times will be made available to all students in mid-July. More details will be sent to your Mount Holyoke email address. You will have a 2-hour time block between 8 am and 4 pm EDT in which to get tested, pick up your key, pick up any items you may have stored, and move into your Residence Hall. You will be allowed to have up to two guests to assist you in moving into your room. ALL guests MUST wear masks indoors.

All students will receive more detailed information, including information about this sign-up process, over the summer. That information will come directly from the Division of Student Life. We ask that you check your Mount Holyoke email regularly, so you don’t miss an update or important new information. Returning students can expect to receive updates and information in the Summer Edition Dean's Corner at least once a month, and sometimes twice monthly.

The return to this fuller expression of residential and community life in 2021-2022 comes with some changes from the current semester:

  • Room occupancy will be limited to no more than three students.
  • Apartments will not be available next academic year.
  • The housing-group pods that were in place in the spring 2021 semester will be discontinued.
  • We are excited that we will be able to offer our interest- and identity-based Living-Learning Communities

For more information on fall housing, including lottery dates, accommodations and more, please review this information from Residence Life.

Lightning struck Mead Hall on July 17 causing a small fire. The College has made alternative housing arrangements for the students who were assigned to live in Mead this fall.