Orientation To-Do List

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Packing up to come to 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.
“The Book of Unknown Americans” by Cristina Henríquez is Mount Holyoke's 2018 Common Read.

Announcing the 2018 Common Read

The 2018 Common Read is “The Book of Unknown Americans” by Cristina Henríquez.

These checklists will help you get ready for your arrival on campus.  Make sure to check deadlines and due dates for all required paperwork. 

Before Orientation: All Students

  • Review Academic Calendar 2018–2019.
  • Review the  First Year Guide to prepare for advising and registration.
  • Submit your First Year Seminar preferences between May 5 and May 16 per the email instructions sent to fall admits on May 4. Spring admits will receive instructions in mid-October via email for submitting their preferences by October 23.
  • Complete all applicable  placement exams.
  • Complete your online  advisor questionnaire from May 14-June 30 for fall admits and between mid-October and   by December 1 for spring admits. Spring admits should answer both the "New Student's Initial Info for Advisor" questionnaire and the "Summer Activities" questionnaire available in MyMountHolyoke's Inform Your Advisor self-service function.
  • Participate in (optional) advising video chats in early June for fall admits and the end of October for spring admits. If you are considering a career in a health profession (Medicine, Veterinary, Physician's Assistant, Physical Therapy, Optometry, etc.), please be sure to contact our pre-health advisor, Katie Lipp. She can discuss which classes you should register for.
  • Register for classes   from June 11 – 29 for fall admits and,for spring admits, beginning  November 8 in the late afternoon. (Spring admits should check "Approvals, Holds, and Registration Access times" in MyMountHolyoke in early November to get the date and time range during which they can register. Although start times vary in the late afternoon on November 8, registering on November 8th in the evening or first thing the morning of the 9th will give priority access to first-year courses.)
  • Complete your housing form at this link, application available to you May 16 and due June 24 for fall admits and open November 1 and due December 1 for spring admits.
  • Complete all health forms by July 1 for fall admits (access opens May 12) and December 1 for spring admits. Students will not be allowed to pick up keys or check into housing if Health Forms have not been received by College Health Services.
  • Make arrangements for all prescription medications to be mailed or transferred to the Pattie Groves Health Center.
  • Waive health insurance by July 31 if you have comparable coverage, and by January 5 for spring admits (Domestic students only).
  • Sign up for your Be Well at Mount Holyoke: Wellness Workshop by August 3. The form will open in July.
  • Complete the Everfi education module. Fall admits will receive an invitation early August, and it will be due at midnight on August 28. Students who complete the modules by August 21 will be entered into a drawing for a Rao's gift card.
  • Submit your cell phone number, emergency and missing-persons contacts via MyMountHolyoke (see “Demographics & Contact Info” on the self-service menu for students) between May 11 and August 1 for fall admits; between mid-October and early January for spring admits.
  • Review information on eBills and setting up authorized users to receive the monthly billing notices. Fall payment is due July 31 and spring payment is due January 5.
  • Notify Student Financial Services of any outside scholarships you may be receiving.
  • Bring your completed federal tax, state tax, direct deposit and I9-Employment Eligibility forms in order to work on campus.  You will need to choose an original form of identification from the list located on the back of the I9 form to present to Payroll representatives, and provide them with a copy of the identification, as well. Only required for students who do not need a visa to enter the U.S., all international students should attend the work clearance session during International Student Pre-Orientation.
  • Check Financial Aid Online and submit all missing financial aid documents if you haven't done so already. Complete loan counseling and loan promissory notes online per instructions sent by Student Financial Services.
  • Review GradGuard Tuition Refund Insurance information.
  • Complete the Personal Data Form by June 30 for fall admits and by December 1 for spring admits.
  • Review the recommended packing list.
  • Check out the one stop shop MHC partners with to provide you with all your residence hall needs! From linens to towels to storage, these amazing offers will make putting together your room easy, affordable and fun! For more information, click here: International Students and Domestic Students.
  • Contact AccessAbility Services if you anticipate needing accommodations. 
  • Read the Common Read, and if you order from The Odyssey, Mount Holyoke's local bookstore, tell them you are an incoming MHC student and receive 20% off the book!
  • Review Student Property Insurance information.
  • Take the New Student Survey! This survey helps the College better understand the academic and social programmatic needs of our entering students, so please take the time to inform us about your expectations for your college experience. You will receive an email invitation August 1 to take the survey.  Email Liz Laird with any questions.

Before Orientation: International Students

In addition to the items required on the 'Before Orientation: All Students list,' international students should also complete the following.

Move-In Day

Welcome to Mount Holyoke College! We're so happy you're here. Here is some information about how we will welcome you, and the Family Resource Fair.

International Students - Wednesday, August 29

Blanchard Hall
10 am - midnight (or until last plane arrives)
New international students arriving at Bradley International Airport will be met by upper-class international students and Orientation Leaders! All other new international students should check in at Blanchard 205 and 227 where they will pick up keys, receive orientation materials and much more.

Make sure to check out the Family Resource Fair on Friday to explore your new community and the campus resources available to you!

Domestic Students - Friday, August 31

Welcome Tent and Family Resource Fair, Woolley Circle
8 am - noon
Come to the Welcome Tent to receive your orientation materials, room key, academic advising packet, and to explore the many support and well-being resources available on campus, from health services to student involvement and everything in between! Ask questions, gather information, and get to know your new community! 

During Orientation

  • Attend all scheduled sessions and regularly check the Orientation schedule for updates.
  • Meet with your college advisor.
  • Get your OneCard. A valid photo ID is needed to pick up your card.
  • Sign the Honor Code.
  • Meet at least one person who can be a resource.
  • Ask questions, have fun!

After Orientation

  • Complete Orientation evaluation, which will be sent to you electronically.
  • Learn how to get involved on campus at the Involvement Fair Sunday, September 9.
  • Come to more events, such as Convocation and Nightfest!
  • Get involved with #WelcomeMohome