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Before You Arrive

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Congratulations on your decision to attend Hampshire College. We look forward to welcoming you to campus.

Fall 2020 Orientation: When to Arrive

New Student Orientation will take place Thursday, September 3–Monday, September 7. New students are expected to arrive on campus and check in between 9 a.m.-Noon on Thursday, September 3. Schedule to be announced.

Students will receive their orientation schedule, ID cards, keys, and other important documents during check-in.

The links below will provide you with all the information you will need prior to your arrival at Hampshire.

Still not finding what you need? Contact the new student experience office at

Family Orientation 

Parent and Family Orientation activities will take place on Thursday, September 3. Please check back for additional details. We invite the newest Hampshire families to spend time with our campus partners, exploring the divisional system, and getting their Hampshire questions answered! 


Taking RootTaking Root: An Illustrated Guide to Hampshire
Taking Root is a student/alum-written publication that describes the history of the College, the academic system, and the available resources on campus, all in a fun, cartoon-style format.



Disorientation PacketStudent-created Disorientation Packet
This disorientation packet was created in the summer of 2007 by graduating students interested in documenting their perceptions regarding issues of race and diversity on campus. It was updated in the summer of 2011 by Ria Sen 07F and JD Stokely 07F.


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Amherst, MA 01002