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Returning Student Information

Welcome Back!
Everyone in the dean of students office is looking forward to the return of continuing students for the 2012 fall semester.

When to Arrive
You are welcome to arrive on Labor Day, Monday, September 3. For those of you thinking about round-trip tickets, please note that the residence halls close at 4:30 p.m. on December 14, 2012, though extensions will be granted for those with Five College exams taking place later than that. 

Check-in to the residences on Labor Day will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. behind the Robert Crown Center. Keys and other information can be picked up during this time.

If you absolutely cannot come during this time frame, you must contact the housing operations office (413.559.5453 or to make necessary arrangements to pick up your keys.

Classes Begin
Hampshire and Mount Holyoke classes begin Wednesday, September 5; Amherst College and University of Massachusetts classes begin Tuesday, September 4; Smith classes begin Thursday, September 6. 

Hampshire's Convocation will take place Tuesday, September 4, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. At this event, students, faculty, and staff are invited to mark the opening of the 2012-2013 academic year with President Jonathan Lash and other guests. An all-community dinner will follow the Convocation address.

We are unable to accommodate students who wish to return to campus earlier than the above arrival date of Monday, September 3, 2012, even if your lease ends on August 31. If you are in that situation, however, we are happy to provide a space to store your belongings in the basement of Dakin House.

Any such items must be stored on August 31, between 2-4 p.m., and moved out of that space and into your Hampshire residence on September 3, also between the hours of 2-4 p.m. If you would like to take advantage of this service, please email

If you stored items in Dakin, Merrill, or Prescott storage rooms at the end of the last academic year, all storage rooms will be open on Labor Day. Additional hours will be posted. 

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