The College's orientation program is designed to support new students as they begin their journey at Hampshire. We aim to create opportunities and offer experiences that are directly informed by the educational philosophy and practices of the College, and through which students will be able to engage their passions, challenge their beliefs, and continue to grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally.
The primary goal for new students is that they feel supported by and connected to the people and resources in the Hampshire community. Specifically, we aim for the program to:
New students will arrive on campus on Friday August 30 and participate in orientation activities through Monday, September 2. See more schedule details here!
As your prepare for your arrival, check out our list of things to do before you arrive. And don't forget to check your Hampshire email periodically to make sure you're up to date; this is how we'll be in touch with you.
Your orientation leaders will be available to answer your questions, hear your concerns, and share your excitement about Hampshire. They'll give you tips and take you on tours and adventures.
The first days of your Hampshire experience will be guided by orientation leaders. They are returning students who are committed to helping new students make a smooth transition into Hampshire life. After you've settled in on Opening Day, you'll meet your orientation groups in the afternoon.
Every group of new students is led by orientation leaders. For first-year students, this group will include your fellow first-year classmates. This group will be your home base for small group activities, where you'll get to know each other and express your hopes and fears about college.
These formative days are not only meant to be educational; they're also meant to be fun. Our creative orientation leaders design innovative and entertaining activities for new students to learn more about each other while familiarizing themselves with Hampshire.
New students and families should save the date Friday, August 30 for Family Orientation. Schedule to be announced. Learn more and RSVP here.
The focus of orientation, like academics at Hampshire, is on the small group experience and student-led activities.
You won't have to sit in auditoriums and listen to long lectures. Instead, most of your time during orientation will be filled with orientation leader-led activities in your small groups and occasional special performances with all new students.
Taking 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.
Student-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.