Students at Hampshire College's Orientation

Family Orientation FAQs

What is it?
Family Orientation is an optional, in-depth series of workshops, panels, and informational events designed to give families a deeper understanding of Hampshire College and its resources. View the full schedule.

When is it?
Friday, August 31, 2018. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. in the Franklin Patterson Hall lobby.

How much does it cost?
Registration is $35 per person through August 6 and $40 after August 7. 
If you register two people (or more) at once, use the promo code hampfams18 to receive a discount of $10 off the total cost. This event is always free for children ages 18 and under, and for incoming students.

Do I have to register my incoming student to attend the event?
No. Your student will be at New Student Orientation and can attend all events for free.

Does the Family Orientation programming overlap with New Student Orientation programming?
With the exception of the resource fair, on Friday afternoon, which is scheduled so that families and students may attend together, all other family panels, events, and meals will take place while the students are participating in activities with their orientation groups.

I’m already paying tuition. Where does the orientation money go?
The ticket fees help us offset the costs of catered meals, as well those of event materials.

Are there any discounts based on financial need?
We do offer "pay-what-you-can" discounts, as well as a limited number of full fee waivers according to financial need. For more information, either email or call the alumni and family relations office at 413.559.6638.

When does preregistration end?
Online preregistration closes on Monday, August 27. After that, you can register as a walk-in on the day of the event.

Where can I find a schedule of events?
Just visit

Which meals will be served?
A continental breakfast, lunch, and a ticket to the dining commons for dinner (if you request one at check-in) will be provided. Students will be in academic tutorials during lunch, so you won’t be able to eat with them, but they’ll be free for dinner. And, of course, there are many local restaurants for you to enjoy.

Can I stay overnight in a room with my student?
You can, but be aware that Hampshire dorm rooms are quite small, typically with one single bed. We’ve compiled a list of nearby hotels should you want to stay until Saturday. View list of local accommodations.

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