New and Transfer Student Orientation Program

New and Transfer Student Orientation Program

The goal of the orientation program is to get you connected to key administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders as well as to provide you with essential services, information, and resources to assist you in experiencing 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.

What to Expect

The first days of your Hampshire orientation experience will be guided by Student Affairs and student orientation leaders, who will be available to answer your questions, hear any concerns, and share your excitement about Hampshire. Be prepared to participate in engaging and interactive sessions with orientation leaders and staff. These formative days are not only meant to be educational — they're also meant to be fun!

Prior to Arrival

Starting this summer, check your Hampshire email regularly for important updates, reminders, and the e-newsletter, “HOW TO HAMPSHIRE.”

Please begin to complete the following required forms—most are due in June and July. It is advised that you complete these forms early this summer—please do not wait until the last minute! Have questions? We want to help! Email

Required Forms

Arrival Dates

Fall 2023 New & Transfer Student Orientation

New international students arrive on August 26, 2023, to August 27, 2023, and the International Student Transit Program runs from August 28, 2023, to August 30, 2023.

New and transfer students should arrive at Hampshire on August 31, 2023 (exact assigned arrival times and instructions will be emailed directly to you by early August). New and transfer students, along with international students, participate in new and transfer student orientation activities from August 31, 2023, to September 5, 2023.

The first day of classes at Hampshire is September 6, 2023!

Move-In Guidelines

  • All residents will be emailed specific move-in information before the start of the fall 2023 semester. This will include exact times and check-in locations.
  • At the check-in location, students will be able to pick up their keys and get information regarding upcoming events along with 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 not living on campus are strongly encouraged to arrive on campus on Thursday, August 31, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. for dinner and evening social activities and traditions. The formal required orientation activities will begin the morning of Friday, September 1, 2023. More details will be updated on this webpage and emailed to students directly this summer.

Orientation Schedule

The exact schedule is being finalized and will be uploaded this summer. As you plan for your arrival on campus, it is important to be aware that New and Transfer Student Orientation is a full day and evening experience. New and Transfer Student Orientation encompasses move-in and a welcome dinner on August 31, 2023, and a variety of orientation activities and important information sessions occur from September 1, 2023, to September 5, 2023.

Useful Information To Review Prior To Your Arrival At Hampshire

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Family Orientation

With questions about family orientation, please get in touch with the Alumni and Family Relations office at or 413.559.6638.

Thursday, Aug 31, 2023 & Friday, Sept 1, 2023

More information to come soon.