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FAQ: For Incoming Students

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Forms and Registration

Arrival and Orientation

Miscellaneous


Forms and Registration

 A few forms ask for my student ID number. Where do I find that?

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  • Your seven digit student ID number will appear next to your name when you log in to TheHub. When you receive your bill, it is also listed as your account number. To access this information, click on Account Statement/Make a Payment under the Financial Info section of the Students menu on TheHub.

I’m a first-year student. When and how do I register for courses?

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  • Course registration for new students begins on June 14th and ends on June 25th. You should register for a seminar and two or three other courses you are interested in taking in your first semester. Enrollment in a seminar during your first semester at Hampshire is required. They are identified with the prefix of LCSEM. For example: LCSEM-0101.
     
  • Additional notes:
    • If a course is full, you can add your name to the waitlist. The waitlist will run at the beginning of course add/drop on August 31. If you are on a waitlist, be sure to check your email several times a day for notification of a space and follow the instructions to accept the seat.  
    • There is no waitlist for seminars. If one is full, please select another one. If you do not register for a seminar, Central Records will register you for one that has space.
    • You can make changes to your schedule on TheHub during add/drop at the beginning of the semester except for your seminar. 
    • If you have questions about your seminar, contact Monsita Moorehead by emailing advising@hampshire.edu 
    • For questions about course registration, email centralrecords@hampshire.edu
       
  • check out the course registration webpage for a preview of using course registration.

I’m a transfer student. When and how do I register for courses?

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  • Course registration for new transfer students begins on July 1st and ends on July 12th.  During that time, you may register for courses and add your name to waitlists if a course is full. The waitlist will run when course add/drop opens on Tuesday, August 31st. Once the waitlist starts to run, be sure to check your email several times a day for notification of a space. As a transfer student, we recommend that you register for four academic courses primarily at the 200-level. Please note that first-year seminars are only for students who are new to College and not available to transfer students. 
     
  • Students can preview how use course registration here.
  • For questions about course registration or your transcript evaluation, email centralrecords@hampshire.edu
  • For advising questions, email advising@hampshire.edu

What happens if I miss the registration period?

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  • Any student who misses a deadline or has questions should be in touch with Central Records staff for assistance. Email them at centralrecords@hampshire.edu.

Where can I view my preliminary course schedule?

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  • You can view your course schedule under "my class schedule" and under "courses and evaluations." Both these links appear on your student menu.

When will I see my housing assignment?

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  • Housing assignments will be available on TheHub a few weeks prior to your arrival. Please note that official housing assignments are not final until the day you come on campus and receive your keys.

When will I find out who my advisor is?

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  • Shortly before your arrival on campus, your advisor's name will be listed on TheHub. You will have a scheduled appointment to meet your advisor during orientation, and the meeting time will also be listed.
    In the meantime, feel free to reach out to CASA or Central Records with any questions or concerns.

Can I ship things to the College before I come?

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  • Yes, you can ship things to your campus mailbox beginning two weeks prior to your arrival, but please be sure to allow enough shipping time for any important items to arrive on campus. You may want to pack and bring with you things that you will need right away, such as sheets, a pillow, a towel, clothes, and toiletries. Your post office box number will be viewable on TheHub. (See next question for mailing format). 

How do I format my Hampshire College address?

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  • Please use the following format for your mailing address for all packages and mail. Your post office box number will be available to you on TheHub in the weeks prior to your arrival. The format is:
    Student's Name
    Box ####
    Hampshire College
    893 West Street
    Amherst, MA 01002 

Can I bring a car to Hampshire?

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  • Parking permits will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on parking policies and how to get a permit, click here

 



Arrival and Orientation

When do I move in? When does Orientation begin?

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I'm an international student. When should I arrive?

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Is there any way to move in early?

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  • Generally, no. Some families will come the day before and stay over in a hotel so they can get an early start on move-in day. If you are in a situation that truly requires you to arrive early (our general guidelines include travel from the west coast or farther, and family hardships), please refer to the early arrival page.

Where can I get directions to campus?

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  • Please refer to our visiting page for information on traveling to Hampshire. 

When is family orientation and when do families say goodbye?

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  • Family Orientation is your opportunity to learn more about Hampshire from key faculty and staff. This optional, in-depth series of workshops, panels, and informational events is designed to give families a deeper understanding of Hampshire and its resources. A full schedule is available on the registration page and registration is required by Monday, August 16.
  • Families and friends say goodbye to new students by 6:50 p.m. on Thursday, August 26th before the mandatory student residence life meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Where can I find more information about bringing a computer to campus?

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How busy is the Orientation schedule?

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  • You will be busy, so you shouldn't make other plans during Orientation. Your days start early and end after dinner (with activities in the evenings). Of course the days are fun, but there is definitely a lot going on. We know that everything can be a little overwhelming, and we take that into account when planning and scheduling activities. We make sure to include down time each day, so you have space to breathe, relax, and get situated.

 

Miscellaneous

When is Parents/Family Weekend?

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What are the dates for arrival, vacations, and the end of each semester?

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  • See the Academic Calendar (Note: If the calendar does not automatically bring up the current school year, just select the correct year from the drop-down menu). When you're making travel arrangements, please be aware that students taking Five College courses may need to stay past the day houses close to take final exams. For the schedule of Five College exam periods, see the Five College Academic Calendar

Where can I find information about local banks?

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Stay In Touch
With The Dean of Students Office
Snail Mail
Dean of Students Office
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002