Before You Arrive

Mountains near the Hampshire College Campus

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

Fall 2018 Orientation: When to Arrive

New students and families should plan to arrive on Thursday, August 30. Students will receive their orientation schedule, ID cards, keys, and other important documents during check-in. Orientation extends through Monday, September 3 (Labor Day).


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 office of new student programs at


new student newsletter Latest edition of the New Student News
A newsletter created by the office of new student programs. Includes information about upcoming dates, deadlines, and other useful information.


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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Snail Mail
Office of New Student Programs
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002