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FORMS AND REGISTRATION
- A few forms ask for my student ID number. Where do I find that?
- When can I register for courses?
- How do transfer students register for courses?
- What happens if I missed the course selection deadline?
- When will I be able to view my preliminary course schedule?
- When will I see my housing assignment?
- When will I find out who my advisor is?
- Can I ship things to the College before I come?
- How do I format my Hampshire College address?
- Can I bring a car to Hampshire?
ARRIVAL AND ORIENTATION
- When do I move in? When does orientation begin?
- I'm an international student. When should I arrive?
- Is there any way to move in early?
- Where can I get directions to campus?
- What is there for families on opening day?
- When do families say goodbye?
- What should I bring or purchase for my dorm room?
- How busy is orientation?
- Will I have time to check out the local scene?
- Will I have time to move and settle in?
- Will I have time to get to know my hall mates?
- I don't know anyone, and I don't "click" with my group(s)/hallmates. Should I stock up on food, become a hermit, and shun all forms of social communication?
- When is Parents/Family Weekend?
- What are the dates for arrival, vacations, and the end of each semester?
- Where can I find information about local banks?
A few forms ask for my student ID number. Where do I find that?
- 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.
When can I register for courses?
- Information on course registration will be sent to you after you've made your deposit. For information on course registration deadlines, please see the New Student Forms page. All first-year students will be able to fill out course preference forms for courses via TheHub. This is NOT the same as registering for courses. After course preference submission closes (see TheHub for specific dates), students' course schedules will be determined based on their course preferences. There is no preference given to students filling out the form early, as long as it is completed before the indicated deadline on TheHub.
How do transfer students register for courses?
- Transfer students also fill out a course preference form on TheHub (as explained above), but will be given different directions. Be sure to follow the directions on this form. Any questions can be directed to central records at 413.559.5421.
What happens if I missed the course selection deadline?
- Any new or transfer students who miss the course preferences form deadline will be assigned a "random" course load by central records, and will have to do what they can to change it once they are on campus.
When will I be able to view my preliminary course schedule?
- Your preliminary schedule will be available on TheHub under "My Class Schedule" a few weeks prior to your arrival for fall entrants, and a few days prior to your arrival for spring entrants.
When will I see my housing assignment?
- 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?
- Right before your arrival, your advisor's name and office location will be listed on TheHub. You will have a scheduled appointment to meet your advisor during orientation, and the meeting time and location will also be listed.
Can I ship things to the College before I come?
- Yes, you can ship things to your campus mailbox beginning two weeks prior to your arrival, but please do not ship anything that you will need for your first week. Hampshire's post office is very busy this time of year, and it may take up to a week after you arrive before you are able to pick up your packages. You should pack and bring with you sheets, a pillow, a towel, an alarm clock, clothes, toiletries, and your telephone. Your post office box number will be viewable on TheHub. (See next question for mailing format).
How do I format my Hampshire College address?
- 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:
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Can I bring a car to Hampshire?
- 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?
- For information about orientation, please visit Incoming Student Information.
I'm an international student. When should I arrive?
- For information about international student orientation, please visit
Is there any way to move in early?
- 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. Please note that there is a fee of $100 per night for early arrival.
Where can I get directions to campus?
- Please refer to our visiting page for information on traveling to Hampshire.
What is there for families on opening day?
- There will be many opportunities for new students and families to learn more about the College on opening day. During fall orientation, there is also a day-long, optional family orientation program the day after opening. To learn more, visit the family relations webpage.
When do families say goodbye?
- Families are encouraged to leave campus after dinner on opening day. During fall orientation, those who participate in family orientation leaving the following day. Families who decide to stay longer should keep in mind that students will be very busy with orientation, and so will be unavailable for most of the day.
What should I bring or purchase for my dorm room?
- Check out the "what to bring" list of recommended items and items not permitted. If you bring lamps, New Leaf, our student group for sustainability and environmentally friendly practices, recommends that you bring energy-saving light bulbs, such as compact fluorescent bulbs.
How busy is orientation?
- You will be busy, so you shouldn't make other plans during orientation. Your days start early and end after dinner (with fun 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.
Will I have time to check out the local scene?
- Probably not much during orientation, but certainly in the days after. You will have a lot of time before classes start, so you can get some exploring in then. The PVTA bus begins its normal operating schedule when classes begin: Adventures into neighboring towns are a great way to get to know people (there's just something about getting lost and trying to interpret the bus schedule together).
Will I have time to move and settle in?
- Yes! While some nights will have evening activities offered, they are not required. And you will definitely have enough time to relax and get to know people.
Will I have time to get to know my hall mates?
- The orientation program definitely allows time for socializing; whether that's with your hallmates is up to you (and them). Resident advisors will be on campus and will be meeting with your hall on your first night here.
I don't know anyone, and I don't "click" with my group(s)/hallmates. What should I do?
- Know that only a fraction of students are on campus. Also, don't forget all the people you'll meet in classes, clubs, at events, and on buses (seriously). Some people meet their best friends on their halls, in their orientation groups, in hall meetings, or while studying for finals. Also, college can change people; those loud, annoying folks jumping around upstairs may just become your best buddies come spring!
When is Parents/Family Weekend?
What are the dates for arrival, vacations, and the end of each semester?
- 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?
- Information on banks in the area can be found here.