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Opening Day is designed to help new students move into their rooms, get settled, and welcome your whole family into the Hampshire community. Family and friends are invited to join new students on Opening Day.Please plan to arrive between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Before you arrive
Opening Day or Family Orientation: Alumni and Family Relations 413.559.6638
New Student Orientation: Office of New Student Programs 413.559.6392
The Academic Program
You already know we have no majors and no grades, but if you’re still a bit mystified about how our academic system operates, this is for you. Dive into Hampshire’s unique academic program, such as the Divisional system and the five interdisciplinary schools (areas of study). Hear about how students are supported by the advising office, how narrative evaluations work in place of grades, and how to access courses at the other schools in the Five College consortium.
Hampshire 101: General Information
If this is your first time on campus and you’d like a broad overview of what it’s going to be like to be a Hampshire student, this is for you. Learn about academics and student life. (This is a replication of an Admission visit information session.)
Life Outside the Classroom
Learn how we facilitate student growth and success outside the classroom. We’ll discuss housing, wellness resources, and services that support campus life. Learn how your student can get involved with student groups, recreation, athletics, and programs we have designed especially for those new to Hampshire.
Health, Wellness, and Safety Panel
Hear how Hampshire fosters wellness and supports health and safety needs for new students.
For families who haven’t had a chance to take a tour, enjoy a 45-minute guided walk around campus.