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Opening Day: Thursday, September 1


Opening Day is designed to help new students move into their rooms, get settled, and to 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 noon. 

Schedule (subject to change):

9 a.m.-1 p.m..: Central check-in

9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Moving in

Noon-1:30 p.m.: Picnic lunch*

1:00-4:30 p.m.: Family lounge

1:00-4:30 p.m.: Overview of the academic program, campus services, and tours

4:30-5:30 p.m.: Welcome Ceremony

6:45 p.m.: Families and friends depart

*Complimentary meal


Families are also invited to stay on Friday for the optional Family Orientation (typically called "parent orientation" at other institutions).

Family Orientation Schedule

Incoming students should check the new student website for new student orientation information.


Opening Day or Family Orientation: Alumni and Family Relations 413.559.6638
New Student Orientation: Office of New Student Programs 413.559.5412


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Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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