Campus Updates

Visit the campus updates page for information on Mount Holyoke's response to the global pandemic. The Opening the Gates site 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 late June. More details will be sent to your Mount Holyoke email address. You should plan for a two-hour time slot during the day, between 8 am and 4 pm EDT.

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.

As of May 19, masks are no longer required when walking outdoors while walking on the Mount Holyoke College campus. Masks will continue to be worn inside buildings when not in private spaces while individuals continue to obtain vaccinations and until further guidance is provided.

Mount Holyoke reopened its grounds to the public on May 29, 2021.

  • All buildings remain closed to the public. 
  • Masks will still be required at outdoor events for all individuals regardless of vaccination status.
  • Only approved campus events will be allowed.
  • Mount Holyoke students, faculty and staff will continue to display their College-issued lanyards to ensure building access protocols are maintained. Masks will continue to be worn inside buildings when not in private spaces while individuals continue to obtain vaccinations and until further guidance is provided.

Offices should continue to reserve visitors, vendors and deliveries to essential activities only. Departments are responsible for ensuring that their guests and vendors follow College public health protocols and complete the vendor/contractor checklist.

Campus visitors are defined as anyone who does not live or work on campus and includes external community members, alums who are not College employees, parents and families of employees and students, and students who are living off-campus.