Before You Arrive

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

Fall 2016 Orientation: When to Arrive

New students and families should plan to arrive on Thursday, September 1 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to check in. New student orientation extends through Monday, September 5. More information will be available on this page in August. An optional family orientation will take place on Friday, September 2. Additional details about this program will be sent to families of new students over the summer.

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


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