New and Transfer Student Orientation Program

New and Transfer Student Orientation Program

The goal of the orientation program is to connect you to key administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders as well as to provide you with essential services, information, and resources for a successful first semester at Hampshire College and beyond. Most of your time during orientation will be filled with interactive sessions, small group activities hosted by staff and student orientation leaders, and the occasional special guest presenters or performers.



Each new and transfer student will receive a series of E-newsletter's we call “How to Hampshire". These newsletters are sent to your Hampshire email address starting at the end of December up until the start of Orientation, typically on a weekly basis. 

Be on the lookout for these emails. Posted below are PDF versions of each E-newsletter we have sent thus far:

Issue 1
Issue 2
Issue 3
Issue 4

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Dean of Students Office via email at

Prior to Arrival

Starting this December, check your Hampshire email regularly for important updates, reminders, and the E-newsletter, “How to Hampshire.”

Arrival Dates

Spring 2024 New & Transfer Student Orientation

New international students arrive on January 16 - January 17, 2024, and the International Student Transit Program runs from January 18 - January 19, 2024.

New domestic and transfer students should arrive at Hampshire on January 20, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (exact assigned arrival instructions will be emailed directly to you by Residence Life). Domestic new and transfer students, along with international students, participate in new and transfer student orientation activities from January 20 - January 23, 2024.

The first day of classes at Hampshire is January 24, 2024.

Move-In Guidelines

  • All residents will be emailed specific move-in information before the start of the spring 2024 semester. This will include instructions and check-in locations.
  • At the check-in location, students will be able to pick up their keys and get details regarding upcoming events and other important information.
  • Guests are allowed to accompany students but should follow any move-in guidance provided to the student or publicized at check-in. Any questions about the move-in process should be directed to

Commuter / Off-Campus Student Residents

All new commuter and off-campus students (students not living on campus) are strongly encouraged to arrive on campus on Saturday, January 20, 2024, anytime from 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. for Orientation Registration. After registration students are invited to participate in the Orientation Welcome and Dinner, followed by optional evening social activities. The formal required orientation activities will begin on Sunday, January 21, 2024. More details will be updated here and emailed to students directly before orientation. Stay tuned!

Orientation Schedule

Below is the present schedule for Spring 2024 New and Transfer Orientation. Students will be notified of schedule changes as needed.

New and Transfer Student Orientation is a full day and evening experience and encompasses move-in, Orientation Registration, and a welcome dinner on January 20. There will be various orientation activities and important information sessions that occur from January 21 - January 23, 2024.

 SPRING 2024 New and Transfer Orientation


Family Orientation

Saturday, January 20, 2024 & Sunday, January 21, 2024

Family Orientation and registration information is available here. To ask questions about Family Orientation or to sign up to receive upcoming updates, please get in touch with the Alumni and Family Relations office at or 413.559.6638.