Frequently Asked Questions

All information is accurate at the time of posting, but is subject to change as the College continues to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 situation and related health and safety guidance. New students will be communicated to via their MHC emails if and when changes are made. Any updates or changes to new student orientation for fall 2021 will be communicated as soon as they are known.

What is Orientation and why do I need to attend?

Orientation is designed to assist you in entering college life at Mount Holyoke. It will help you get acquainted with the college community and the resources available on campus. During Orientation, you will become familiar with the college, attend informational meetings, and get to know fellow students. You will also have a chance to speak with your academic advisor, meet college faculty and staff, and become acquainted with the academic facilities and the college offices. It is also a great time to set up your OneCard account and banking services.

When is Orientation and Move-in?

Check the Orientation schedule for updates.

What do I do during Orientation?

Orientation is a time for you to acclimate to the campus, meet your peers and ask questions. Some Orientation events are required and others are optional; at all of them, you'll explore the resources, traditions, and opportunities available to you with the help of upper-class student Orientation Leaders. The schedule of workshops, traditions, and events will be live later in the summer.

What do Orientation Leaders do?

Some of the first people you will meet when you arrive at Mount Holyoke are Orientation Leaders. They are upper-class students carefully chosen to assist in Orientation. Think of them as your ambassadors to the MHC community. They can answer many of your questions about academic, residential, and extracurricular concerns. They will assist you in every way possible in adjusting to MHC life.

When do classes start?

Please see our academic calendar for 2021-2022.

Please note: the College is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are in ongoing contact with state and local public health officials, colleagues within the Five Colleges and other relevant parties. The College is also ensuring it is compliant with Massachusetts state guidelines for in-person gatherings. Any updates or changes to new student orientation for fall 2021 will be communicated as soon as they are known.

Do I need to take any tests before coming?

All students who wish to study German or Spanish at Mount Holyoke must complete a Language Proficiency Questionnaire. This information is needed to place you in the course that is most appropriate for you. If you wish to study French, German, Latin or Spanish, be sure to take the appropriate placement exam. The MHC mathematics assessment is for students planning to begin the study of calculus at Mount Holyoke. Students should refer to the First-Year Guide for detailed information about necessary placement exams and questionnaires.

Do I need to be vaccinated before coming?

Yes. For the fall 2021 semester, we expect all members of the Mount Holyoke campus community to be vaccinated and we are requiring students to be vaccinated before returning to campus. This will greatly reduce the risk of infection for all. We expect there will be very limited exceptions and will be working to set up structures to ensure compliance and to vaccinate those students who are unable to be vaccinated before returning to campus.

Resources for students with disabilities?

Students who require accommodations are encouraged to contact AccessAbility Services to ensure timely provision of services. Students who anticipate needing housing accommodations should be in touch with AccessAbility Services by early June, 2021.  Information regarding AccessAbility Services and the accommodation process at Mount Holyoke can be found online.

Resources for first-gen and low income students?

Where can I find personal information?

my.mtholyoke is a one-stop destination for our community to access both services and information. Your self-service tools are found here. You will also have access to campus communications such as weather-related announcements, campus news and events, and certain MHC tools. Most instructions for how to use my.mtholyoke and the Self-Service Menu options within it are available within my.mtholyoke on its Help Site.

Can I ship my belongings to campus?

Auxiliary Services handles all incoming and outgoing mail for students including first-class mail, periodicals, and parcels.

Where do I find contact information?

See the Campus Services page for more information about the various offices and departments that support new student transition! You can also review the Directories page, which provides links to contact information for students, faculty and staff, and College offices or, click on the "Offices" tab at the top of every College webpage.

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What if I have more questions?

Your Orientation Leaders will be on hand as soon as you arrive on campus to answer all of your questions!