Starting college is incredibly exciting. You’ve worked hard to get here, and all kinds of academic and social opportunities await you.

It’s also pretty common to feel some uncertainty right about now. You’re embarking on a journey that challenges you to aim high, discover your passions, and embrace change. Remember, Mount Holyoke has many resources and services available to you as you adjust to college life. And they’re available to you not just now, but throughout your time here.

Mount Holyoke is delighted to be offering you both the freedom and the responsibility to create an adventurous intellectual life—one that will propel you forward on your chosen path.

What should you expect?

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Orientation Schedule

Take a look at what'll be on your agenda as you join our community.
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Meet the Orientation Team

Welcome to Mount Holyoke! The Orientation team is here to help you get settled in and guide you through your first few weeks on campus.
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First Year Guide

Find help navigating the curriculum and information about selecting your first courses as a Mount Holyoke College student.

How can you prepare?

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Orientation To-Do List

Use this checklist to make sure you’re prepared for your arrival on campus.
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Packing up to come to campus

Wondering what to bring? See our recommended list for incoming students.
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Accommodation Requests

Do you need an accommodations in order to participate in Orientation activities? Let us know!

What will your Mount Holyoke experience be?

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Student Experience

Treat the next four years as a grand exploration. Venture out of your comfort zone. Test your limits. See what happens.
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Get to know us: #WeAreMountHolyoke

Community encourages conversation. Diversity elevates it. Meet some of the students, faculty and alums who call the community at Mount Holyoke home.
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Mount Holyoke Traditions

From Convocation to Milk and Cookies and the Laurel Parade, traditions bring the community closer together and create memorable moments to last a lifetime.


Office of Student Involvement

327 Blanchard Hall

Mount Holyoke College
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075

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