Things To Know

Alcohol and Drug Awareness Project (ADAP):

The use of alcohol and other drugs affects all of our lives, whether or not we choose to use them.  ADAP provides confidential counseling and support opportunities, if you or someone you care about has experienced problems with alcohol or other drugs.  For additional information, check out the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Project.

Welcome! Because the use of alcohol and other drugs affects all of our lives-whether or not we choose to use them, We are Here for You!

We offer connection and support is critical, as you begin your transition into the Mount Holyoke College community. The Alcohol and Drug Awareness Project (ADAP) is available to you if you have alcohol or drug concerns, are in recovery, have concerns or questions about a family member’s or another’s drinking or drug use or recovery.

  • August 26, 2013 - offices open
  • ADAP offers FREE and CONFIDENTIAL counseling, support and information.
  • Please contact us for information about counseling, local recovery and support group meetings, transportation, and recovery supports on campus.

The Alcohol and Drug Awareness Project (ADAP)
Heather Smith, Counselor
Health Center Room 167
413-538-2616

Aviva Sieber, Administrative Assistant
Health Center Room 155
413-538-2616

Counseling Services

Concern for Self or Others:
Individual and group counseling is available for students in recovery. Those questioning their own use of alcohol or other drugs are invited to utilize counseling services. Students who are concerned or feel they have been affected by a family member’s or another’s drinking or drug use and those who are in relationship with someone in recovery are also welcome to attend counseling sessions.

Lunch Meetings:
Informal lunches facilitated by the ADAP Director and Counselor are held every Monday in room 135 Health Center. The Project brings together students to share their experience, strength, and hope. Lunch is from 12:15pm to 1:15pm. Join us for all or part of these gatherings. Free pizza and beverages are provided and drop-ins are welcome!

Support Group Lunch:
For those in recovery from alcohol and/or other drugs and those questioning their own use.

  • September 16 and 30
  • October 21
  • November 4 and 18
  • December 2

Concerned Others Group Lunch:
For those who have been affected by or concerned about a family member’s or another’s use of alcohol and/or other drugs.

  • September 9 and 23
  • October 7 and 28
  • November 11 and 25
  • December 9

Auxiliary Services

The office of Auxiliary Services is your one stop for cable, Onecard, telephone and mail needs. Here are some important updates:

  • Telephone numbers will no longer automatically be assigned to students.
  • If a student wishes to have a phone line in her room, she will need to apply in person at the Auxiliary Services office. 
  • Telephone service application is on our website.
  • The application process will be on a yearly basis only.
  • There is no cost to apply.
  • One pertinent piece of information the student will need to know is, the jack number she wishes to have activated.

Boston Bus Trip

  • Saturday, September 14 spend the day exploring Boston.
  • Preregistration required.
  • Nonrefundable cost of $20 in cash or check payable to Mount Holyoke College.
  • No international checks accepted.
  • Do not email; space is limited and will not be reserved.
  • Wilder hall open for breakfast 7:30 am
  • Register at the Info Desk, Blanchard Campus Center, beginning on Friday September 7 until trip is full. Registration hours: 12:30pm until closing.

Pioneer OneCards

Avoid the long lines by visiting OneCard online to:

  • Add value to your Onecard
  • Add your parents to your account in order for them to add value to your Onecard  
  • Set up automatic deposits to your Onecard

Career Development Center

The Career Development Center (CDC) is available to help assist you with the many questions you may have about your prospective career path.  You can find information about internships, on and off campus work study jobs, career assessments to help you assess your career strengths and more. Visit CDC online to learn more about all the resources we have to offer.

Choral Music

Singing is one of Mount Holyoke's oldest and most cherished traditions. Auditions to be placed in one of our three outstanding choirs will be heldin September. By singing in Chamber Singers, Glee Club, or Chorale, you will forge lifelong friendships and create lasting musical memories. For more information, please see MHC Choral Ensembles online.

Environmental Literacy and Green Initiatives

The Miller Worly Center for the Environment enables students to explore social, cultural, historical, political-economic, and scientific dimensions of environmental concerns. Students can also find ways to become involved in environmental issues on campus and ways to "Live Green" at Mount Holyoke by checking out the Environmental Stewardship Office.

Fleet Office

The Fleet office now has a vehicle for personal rentals.

  • Do you want to go shopping?
  • Do you need to go to the doctor? 
  • Do you want to go on a day trip? I

Check out the Fleet Office Website for more information.

International Students

Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS)

The Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS) is both a physical space and virtual gateway to information and technology resources and services to help you be successful.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Need help connecting your computer to the campus network or accessing your campus email account? Is your computer acting funny? Can't remember your network password? Check out these pointers or ask us for help.
  • Need help finding journal articles, digital images, books, or course materials? Check out our rich collections or ask us for help.
  • Did you know we have digital cameras, projectors, headphones, digital projectors, laptop computers, and other technology equipment available for you to check out and use?
  • Don't forget to visit the beautiful library! It's full of nooks, crannies, comfy furniture, and a coffee shop. You'll find a wide variety of collaborative and quiet work spaces, many outfitted with computers, software, and other equipment you'll need. Just ask one of the friendly staff if you have any questions!

Office of the Ombudsperson

The Ombuds office officially opened in 1988 to ensure that every member of the Mount Holyoke College community receives fair and equitable treatment and to help members of the community manage conflict effectively. The ombudsperson acts as a confidential and impartial source of assistance to students, staff, faculty or any member of the Mount Holyoke College community who believe they have been treated unfairly. We invite you to visit the Ombuds Office to learn more about the office and how we can help.

Parking Office

Please go to the Parking Office website for all of your parking needs. Find out how to register your vehicle, where to park when you first arrive on Campus, and how you can avoid being ticketed. There is a discounted rate if you purchase your parking decal online so be sure to take advantage of the savings!

Student Government Association

Dearest Women of the Mount Holyoke College class of 2017,

On behalf of your Mount Holyoke College family, and specifically the Student Government Association, I extend a heartfelt congratulations and warm welcome to this incredible institution. We are elated that you made the decision to attend this institution, as there isn’t a more dynamic and congenial place to spend the next four years of your life.

Get ready to jump into a vibrant and multicultural community where you will have your first of many experiences such as going to your first Gracious Dinner, experiencing your first Mountain Day, picnics on Skinner Green, and meeting friends that you will cherish for a lifetime. With these and many more experiences, I urge you to keep the following in mind: While Mount Holyoke is a welcoming and tight knit community, it is most enjoyed by those who actively engage on and around campus. You must be an opportunist and active participant in order to fully take advantage of what Mount Holyoke has to offer. 

As I’m sure you know, Mount Holyoke College is a place to discover all that you are, and it offers many opportunities outside of the classroom for such growth. The unique beauty of this institution is the encouragement of Mount Holyoke students as leaders and agents of change. The Student Government Association (SGA) is the channel through which we are self governed and implement change. We pride ourselves in serving the campus as the liaison between the students and the administration. We lead efforts to better our community. You can decide to become an active participant within our student governance system, or simply note that SGA is a resource you can use. You could become a senator and represent your hall or organization, or join an SGA Committee during Committee Yourself Week (CYW) to work more closely with the administration. You are always welcome to attend Senate meetings to voice your concerns, held every Tuesday night at 7:30pm in the Great Room in Blanchard Campus Center, or attend SGA events such as Warm Hellos and Hot Coco, where you can meet your SGA representatives and get free hot chocolate. Another way to get involved is to become a member of your Class Board and lead your class year in the incredible and essential Traditions of Mount Holyoke College. Elfing, J-Show, and Big-Sis/Little Sis are just a few of the many events Class Boards carry out each year.

It is my hope that your exploration and journey through Mount Holyoke will bring you to get involved in various capacities. I encourage you to join associations like Class Board or even start your own organization as a way to leave your mark on MHC long after you pass through its gates; however you decide to navigate Mount Holyoke College, may your experience be every bit as dear as mine has been thus far.

Mount Holyoke College is a very special place filled with very unique and intelligent women. This extraordinary college is united by a strong bond of sisterhood like nowhere else. I invite you to explore this and make the most of it. Take advantage of the many resources around you. So, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you and wish you prosperity and happiness throughout the next few years of your life!

Warm regards,

Vanessa V Keverenge’14
Student Government Association
President

Student Programs and Student Organizations

The Office of Student Programs exists to support students with opportunities for leadership, service, and engagement, creating a vibrant and inclusive co-curricular campus life that sustains MHC students as scholars, and offers them skills for leading a balanced life.  Get involved! Come to the Org Fair on Wednesday, September 11th.

Special Gifts to MHC Students: These Class Board Fundraisers make it easy. Each year the class boards host several fundraisers to help support class events and traditions. These special gifts are always greatly appreciated by MHC students.

Cakes & Cookies

The Sophomore Class Board offers delicious cakes and cookies baked by our Dining Services Bakery & hand delivered to the recipient. Relatives and friends of Mount Holyoke students can order the baked goodies to help celebrate a birthday or other occasion. The options include both traditional cakes as well as giant cookies, with a custom iced message on top.

Final Exams Care Packages

The Senior Class Board offers special-delivered care packages to MHC students during the fall and spring finals time. These packages are full of goodies from Atkins Farms Market and are put together lovingly by the senior class board officers. Find more information and order forms here at the Class Boards website.

Religious and Spiritual Life

The Office of Religious & Spiritual Life welcomes you to Mount Holyoke College and hopes that you will become involved with our programs. We value strong exploration in the multifaith community as well as strong and meaningful involvement within a student's individual religious tradition.  We invite you to visit the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life's New Student page to learn how we can enrich your life here at MHC.

Student Employment

All first-year students on work study are welcome to apply for a dining services job and can also search on JobX for additional work on campus.  Students on Federal Work Study can also search JobX for paid off-campus Community Service and America Reads/America Counts positions.  If you are planning to apply for a dining services position, you will need to attend a permanent scheduling meeting. These will be held at all of our full service houses on Friday, August 30th at 10:45 am in the dining hall.  Everyone that attends this meeting will need to bring their class schedule, their one card and a pen.

Vendors During Orientation

Set up your new home away from home! Skip the malls and shop on campus. View the Vendor page.

Weissman Center for Leadership

Unleash your leadership potential! The Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts can help you develop your unique leadership strengths. The Center and its three affiliated programs—the Speaking, Arguing, and Writing Program (SAW), Community Based Learning Program (CBL), and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) will support your academic efforts and your engagement in civic and world affairs.