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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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  • Information on course registration will be sent to students after they have made their deposit. For information on course registration deadlines, students should go to the New Student Forms page. All first-year students should fill out a seminar preference form via TheHub using the "New Student to do List." Students register for their other first semester courses using the blue link for course registration their student menu. If a course is full, students can add their name to a waitlist. The waitlist will run when course add/drop opens in the fall. At that time students will have an opportunity to add waitlisted courses and make other changes to their schedules except for their first year seminar which is assigned through the seminar preference process. Students can preview how use course registration here.
  • For questions about course registration, email centralrecords@hampshire.edu and check out information here.

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

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  • Information on course registration will be sent to students after they have made their deposit. Transfer students register for their first semester courses using the blue link for course registration on their student menu. If a course is full, students can add their name to a waitlist. The waitlist will run when course add/drop opens in the fall. At that time students will have an opportunity to add waitlisted courses and make other changes to their schedules. Note that first year seminars are not open to transfer students as they are intended for students entering college for the first time. Students can preview how use course registration here.
  • For questions about course registration, email centralrecords@hampshire.edu and check out information here.

What happens if I miss a deadline or have questions about seminar preferences or course registration?

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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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  • By August 14, your advisor's name will be listed on TheHub. Before your arrival on campus, 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 do families say goodbye?

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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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Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002