Orientation Schedule

Image of Orientation Leaders outside North Rockefeller Hall.

Spring Orientation 2017 starts on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 for international and AccessAbility pre-Orientation students and Thursday, January 19, 2017 for all new students.   

Please check in for locations, peer planned social events and an ever expanding comprehensive schedule to welcome YOU to MHC!

Wednesday, January 18


Blanchard 227

Check-in and Welcome for International Students

The International Student Organizing Committee (ISOC) will meet international students arriving at Bradley International Airport. All other new international students should check in at 227 Blanchard Campus Center when they arrive on campus. Members of ISOC will also be available to answer questions and assist you. Refreshments available.

Thursday, January 19


Health Center

Mandatory PPD Test for International Students

All new international students are required to have a PPD skin test done before beginning their studies at MHC. Meet ISOC members in front of Blanchard Campus Center at 8:30am.



Blanchard 2nd Floor and Room 227

Welcome Center and Family Resource Fair

Room keys, Orientation schedules, breakfast and a resource fair for new students and families.



Kendade Computer Lab (Kendade 06)

Mandatory Foreign National Information System (FNIS) Session for International Students

Representatives from Financial Services will guide students through a computer program to enter the various visa statuses they have had when in the U.S. Students should bring their current and previous passports, and original travel documents (I-20 or DS-2019). Please bring a listing of all of your visa statuses and all of the dates that you entered and exited the U.S. while in each status.


11am-12 noon

Dwight 101  

Transitions Abroad for International Students

Members of ISOC will speak about adjusting to your new life in the U.S. and at Mount Holyoke. Donna Van Handle, Dean of International Students, will also be available to answer questions.



Blanchard Great Room

Welcome Lunch for New Students and Families



Blanchard Great Room

Parent and Family Orientation

Student Life and academic professionals discuss your student’s transition into college life at MHC.



Admission Office, Newhall Center

Informational Meeting for New Frances Perkins and Transfer Students (Mandatory)

An orientation and registration overview for new Francis Perkins and transfer students facilitated by Carolyn Dietel, Director of the Frances Perkins Program and Transfer Admission.



Dwight 101

Immigration Regulations and On-Campus Employment  for International Students (Mandatory)

An overview of immigration regulations that apply to foreign citizens who are studying and working in the U.S.  All international  students who plan to work on campus must complete I-9 and W-4 forms. Please bring your passports and I-20 forms.



Blanchard Great Room

College 101 (Mandatory)

Join the Division of Student Life to learn about social and community life at MHC. A fun-filled session of community building, facts, and insider tips on how to navigate your new college world.



Blanchard Bus Stop

Trip to Hampshire Mall

Need decorations or other sundry items to spruce up your room? Catch a shuttle to the Hampshire Mall (Target and more!). Meet at Blanchard bus stop. Bus will be departing campus at 6:30 pm, and back by 8:30pm.



Atrium, Williston Library

Mount Holyoke Traditions: Your First M&Cs! (Mandatory)

Learn the history of MHC’s most delicious tradition—Milk and Crackers (Hot Chocolate and Cookies!). Socialize with classmates and library staff, enjoy some cookies, and pick up your library tote bag with goodies in it.

Friday, January 20


New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall

Bringing Your "A" Game! (Mandatory)

Hear how the academic side of campus works and learn valuable tips for succeeding! Learn a bit about yourself as a student (before classes even start!) to help you get ahead of the game.


11am-3pm (Drop by anytime!)

Atrium, Williston Library

Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS) Tours

Meet in the Williston Library atrium, just inside the front door. Tours of of the LITS Complex include an introduction to resources, services, and highlights of our beautiful building. Where will your favorite study nook be? Where do you go when you need technology or research help, if you want to learn how to use Photoshop, or if you just want a good book to read? Before or after a tour, save some time to make a button at the greeter station in the atrium, write on the Ask LITS wall, or grab a cup of coffee from Rao’s. Drop by anytime between 11-3, and there will be tour guides there to greet you. Tours take 20-30 minutes. Can’t make these times? Request your own tour time at www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/requestatour or take mobile-friendly self guided tour at www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/tour.



Faculty Offices

Academic Advising Sessions (Mandatory)

All new students meet with faculty advisors in faculty offices.



Blanchard Great Room

Aware Today, Alive Tomorrow (Mandatory)

Join offices from across campus in this interactive and engaging space that showcases how to ‘be well’ while at Mount Holyoke. In the Great Room, take the opportunity to participate in a series of stations that provide education on how to determine personal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC); how to determine and intervene in an alcohol emergency; and how much alcohol is in a standard drink. Just outside find resources and interactive stations on mindfulness, physical activity, healthy practices, sand much more!



Admission Office, Newhall Center

Dinner with the Office of Admission (Mandatory)

Dinner for all new Spring students with Admissions staff. Here is your chance to ask about the admissions process for Spring admits and how to prepare yourself to start life at Mount Holyoke.



Blanchard Great Room

ResLife 101 (Mandatory)

Come meet the Residential Life Professional Staff to learn what you'll love about your MoHome! Hear tips and tricks for navigating new experiences, such as having a roommate for the first time, doing laundry, policies and rules, and connecting with others on your floor. Take your first step towards engaging in residential life at Mount Holyoke College.



Blanchard Great Room

Blanchard Bingo Night

Join in for your chance to win one of many awesome prizes!

Saturday, January 21


Health Center

Mandatory PPD Test Reading (Mandatory)

Mandatory follow-up reading of the PPD test for international students. Please go to the Health Center at your convenience during this time.



New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall

Common Read Experience (Mandatory)

Engage in your fist MHC discourse with faculty, staff and students as we discuss ‘Between the World and Me’ by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This session will interweave elements of storytelling and social justice, all with a focus toward better understanding our selves and the communities of which we are a part.



New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall

Communication, Accountability, and Sexual Respect in our Community (Mandatory)
A viewing of a theater piece designed to educate and start a dialogue about sexual violence prevention on our campus. The video contains a series of vignettes with examples of consent conversations, bystander strategies, and stories of support. These fictional stories are written and performed by Five College students and staff. The cast and crew consist of sexual violence survivors, allies, consent educators, trauma counselors, and safer sex educators. Group discussions to follow the performance.



Rockefeller Dining Room

Welcome Dinner for New International Students with ISOC

Come and get to know ISOC (International Student Organizing Committee) board members. Bring your questions! Meet inside in front of the stairs to the dining room.



New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall followed by various locations throughout campus

Flourishing 101 (Mandatory)

Flourishing 101 is a relaxing evening of fun focused toward learning ways to take care of yourself as you begin life at MHC through a session for all students in the New York Room followed by concurrent workshops throughout campus.

Shawn Achor, renowned positive psychologist and motivational speaker, reminds us that happiness is not only about feeling good, but rather, it is "the joy you feel as you are moving towards your potential." Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life worth living--of what makes humans thrive. This interactive presentation based on the tenets of positive psychology will teach students how to flourish here at Mount Holyoke.


Flourishing 101, Workshop Sessions (Mandatory)

Students will be able to attend one of the following:



Get in touch with your inner spirit, boost immunity, reduce stress and simply have fun. This drumming circle will welcome and connect you socially as you tap into the rhythmic spirit that resides in all of us. No experience required.


Gentle Yoga, Simple Breathing Strategies and Short, Guided Meditation
This class will provide you with self accessible strategies to relax, stay grounded, soothe your nervous system, and manage everyday stressors. Gentle yoga focuses on mindful movement while staying connected to what keeps us grounded - the breath.  No experience necessary.


Intro to Mindfulness

In this interactive workshop, students will learn some quick, simple mindfulness strategies to help alleviate stress, increase focus, and reground themselves.



Blanchard Great Room

First Saturday

Enjoy your first Saturday at Mount Holyoke with music, food—and so much more!


Sunday, January 22


Campus Clarity

For those students who have not yet completed the online Campus Clarity module, as sent out to students via email.


Hooker Auditorium

Day of Service Project: Food Insecurity in the Pioneer Valley (Mandatory)

Before participating in the Day of Service on Monday, learn more about the lives of Americans living in food insecure households and what we can do to end hunger in the U.S., which is now more prevalent than ever.


3:15pm – 4pm

Abbey Chapel, Intersanctuary

Honor Code Ceremony (Mandatory)



President’s House

Afternoon Tea with President Stephens



Willits Living Room

Fireside Chat

Join the 2020 Class Board, Student Government Association, and other student organization leaders to learn more about joining the MHC community!

Monday, January 23


Blanchard Bus Stop

Day of Service Project (Mandatory)



Gamble Auditorium

Positive Confrontation with Rachel Simmons (Mandatory)



Gamble Auditorium and Atrium

Charting Your Journey at MHC (Mandatory)

Are you looking to impact MHC and the greater community?  Come to this session to hear the voices and stories of Mount Holyoke students, how they became involved in the community at MHC and beyond. Then join us for an interactive tabling session with the Career Development Center, Community Based Learning, the Office of Student Programs, the Weissman Center, and more, to learn how you can get involved!


Blanchard Great Room

Orientation 101 (Mandatory)

Join in a tradition that helps you get acquainted with the ins and outs of life at MHC. The only prerequisite is a sense of humor! This is a spirited (and loud!) event with a great deal of cheering as the returning students welcome you into the community.

Friday, February 24


Blanchard 318

Social Security Session

All new international students who have a Global Loan and all students who work on campus must apply for a Social Security Card. Staff from the Holyoke Social Security Office will be on campus to process applications. Bring your passport, original travel document (I-20 or DS-2019) and a letter from your on-campus employer. The Social Security page on the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives web site has further information at https://www.mtholyoke.edu/global/international_students/services/ssc