Orientation To-Do List

Image of Paws suitcase

Packing up to come to campus

Wondering what to bring? See our recommended list for incoming students.
Image of Paws ID card

First Year Guide

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

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, starting in early to mid-May, if and when changes are made.

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


  • Check your Mount Holyoke email account at least weekly. Important information about housing, course registration, events, and important campus communication will be sent to this email.
  • Update your MHC email password from the temporary password sent in May and enter a Recovery Email so you can use self-service to change your password if needed through the MHC Password Profile Page.
  • Log into my.mtholyoke and explore the site. This is where you will access student events, course registration and many campus resources.

Personal and Contact Information

  • Submit your name recording, cell phone number and both emergency and missing-persons contacts via my.mtholyoke (see “Demographics & Contact Info” on the self-service menu for students) between May 11 and August 1 for fall admits; between late-October and early-January for spring admits.
  • Complete the Personal Data Form by August 30 for fall admits and by December 1 for spring admits.
  • 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 as about your expectations for your college experience. You will receive an email invitation August 1 to take the survey. This invitation will go to your MHC email, not a personal one. Email Liz Laird with any questions.


  • Review the Academic Calendar 2020-2021.
  • Review the First Year Guide to prepare for advising and registration.
  • Complete all applicable placement exams.
  • Complete your online advisor questionnaire from May 14-June 30 for fall admits and between late-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 my.mtholyoke's Inform Your Advisor self-service function.
  • Participate in (optional) advising video chats in the summer for fall admits and email advising at the end of October for spring admits.
  • If you are considering a career in a health profession (Medicine, Veterinary, Nursing, Physician Assistant, Public Health, Physical Therapy, Optometry, etc.), please review this web page and contact our pre-health advisor, Katie Lipp. She can discuss which classes you should register for.
  • Submit your First Year Seminar preferences! Fall admits will receive more information via email in mid-June. Spring admits will receive instructions in mid-October via email for submitting their preferences.
  • Register for classes during the July registration period for fall admits and, for spring admits, in November. (All students should check "Approvals, Holds, and Registration Access times" in my.mtholyoke to get the exact date and time range during which they can register. These times will be posted in early July for fall admits and early November for spring admits.)


  • Starting in May (exact date TBD), complete all health forms by July 1 for fall admits 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. Note: Varsity athletes must submit the sports clearance packet and meet all health requirements prior to July 1.
  • Make arrangements for all prescription medications to be transferred to the Community, Walgreens Pharmacy for delivery to Pattie Groves Health Center for ease of pick up.
  • Enroll in the student health insurance plan or submit the health insurance waiver request by July 31 or January 5 for spring admits if you have family health insurance that will meet the Massachusetts minimum coverage criteria (domestic students only). Enrollment for spring/summer coverage opens in December.
  • Complete the Everfi education module, an online program designed to help students make healthier decisions related to alcohol and other drugs. An invitation will be sent via email.


  • 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.
  • Check Financial Aid Online and submit all missing financial aid documents if you haven't done so already, (Financial Aid Online will be available to incoming students May 15.) Domestic students complete federal loan counseling and loan promissory notes online at studentloans.gov. International students complete loan documents when they arrive on campus.
  • Review GradGuard Tuition Refund Insurance information.
  • 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.


  • Review the new student information provided by Residential Life. 
  • Complete your housing form in Residence. The application will be available May 16 and due June 23 for fall admits and open November 1 and due December 1 for spring admits.
  • Incoming students will not be allowed to select their own roommates, the Office of Residential Life assigns roommate(s) based on their responses to their roommate profiles. Review the recommended packing list.
  • Review Student Property Insurance information.

Accessibility Accommodations

  • Contact AccessAbility Services if you anticipate needing academic, dining, housing and/or student employment accommodations due to a disability.

Student Employment

  • Review the email message sent from the Student Employment Office in late July and make a note of the meetings that you’ll need to attend if you plan to work while you are here.  Contact the Career Development Center 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.

Before Orientation: Varsity Student-Athletes

  • Varsity student-athletes in the sports of cross country, field hockey, rowing, soccer, or volleyball must complete the “Intent to Return Early” form (sent by the Department of Physical Education and Athletics), due June 1.
  • All varsity student-athletes must submit the sports clearance packet and meet all  medical and compliance requirements prior to July 15. 
  • Recruited varsity student-athletes in the sports of cross country, field hockey, rowing, soccer, or volleyball are expected to attend preseason practices. Contact the head coach to confirm your move-in date before making travel plans.

Summer Engagement

We are excited to offer a few opportunities for new students to connect to each other and to upper-class Orientation Leaders as well as staff and faculty before your arrival on-campus in August. You can:

You can also join us for a number of webinars that cover important aspects of your transition to Mount Holyoke! Below are some of the topics that were discussed in past sessions. Please note, these will be hosted in Zoom, which is a video conferencing platform, and the application will need to be downloaded ahead of time. Webinar dates will be announced once they are confirmed.

  • Residential Life: Roommates and Living-Learning Community
  • Academic Life at Mount Holyoke
  • Social Life and Navigating the Pioneer Valley
  • Being Involved at Mount Holyoke
  • Move-In and Your First Weeks at #MoHome

Move-In Day

Welcome to Mount Holyoke College! We're so happy you're here.

Attend all scheduled sessions and regularly check the Orientation schedule for updates.

During Orientation

  • Attend all scheduled sessions and regularly check the Orientation schedule for updates.
  • Meet with your academic 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 13.
  • Come to more events, such as Convocation and Nightfest!
  • Get involved with #WelcomeMohome