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Orientation Activities

Orientation comprises various activities that you'll participate in, which may include:

Performances (Fall Orientation Only)Audience

"Consensual Sensual: Sexual Violence Prevention and Consent"
This is a powerful theater piece containing a series of vignettes that examine issues of sexual violence, communication, consent, and violence prevention on college campuses. It is written and performed by students from the Five Colleges.

Discussions and Workshops

Hampshire's Academic Program
Students and faculty members will engage in dialogue about Hampshire academics and the Division I experience. Faculty members lead these small group information sessions and provide a space for students to ask questions and express concerns. Transfer students will attend sessions specifically about the transfer student experience.

Circle discussionCommon reading discussion
You've read the book, so what did you think? This is your first opportunity to share your thoughts, opinions, and questions about the common reading with your new classmates and faculty. Tutorial professors will lead discussions for first-year students.

Our Identities, Our Community
Students will participate in a foundational identity workshop designed to help participants to better understand their own multitude of identities, the ways in which they intersect, and how they inform their experience at Hampshire and in the U.S. Participants will be introduced to behaviors that support dialogue in a diverse community, with the goal of empowering themselves and others to continue to engage in conversations about social justice, oppression, power, and privilege on our campus and beyond.

Fun Activities


If you're still raring to go after orientation activities, the orientation leaders provide various opportunities for you to further your introduction to Hampshire life.

These activities often take the form of introductions to Hampshire athletics; student group and identity-based meet and greets; film screenings; and academic program information sessions.

Examples of past optional activities include a theatre meet and greet; interactive tours of green spaces on campus; pick-up basketball games; an open mic; and an opportunity to try the climbing wall.

Opening Celebration (Fall Orientation Only)

Orientation ends with an opening celebration, an academic event marking the official beginning of the year. During this important event you'll hear from the President and other prominent members of the Hampshire College community.

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