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 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

Check your Hampshire email regularly for important updates, reminders, and your E-Newsletter, “HOW TO HAMPSHIRE.”

Please begin to complete the following required forms—most are due by July 15th or August 15th. It is advised that you complete these forms as soon as possible—please do not wait until the last minute! Have questions? We want to help! Email deanofstudents@hampshire.edu.

Arrival Dates: Fall 2022 New & Transfer Student Orientation

New international students arrive on Saturday, August 20 to Sunday, August 21 and the International Student Transit Program runs from Monday, August 22 to Tuesday, August 23.

New and transfer students should arrive at Hampshire on Thursday, August 25 (exact arrival times will be emailed directly to you by early August). New and transfer students, along with international students, participate in orientation activities through Tuesday, August 30. Classes begin Wednesday, August 31.

Early arrival for students participating in programs such as the 2022 Pre-Orientation Trip will be arranged separately.

Move-In Guidelines

  • All residents will be emailed specific move-in information by early August. This will include exact times and check-in locations.
  • Onboarding Covid-19 testing information will be provided ahead of move-in. The exact location and testing times will be communicated by email.
  • 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 as they move in but should remain masked at all times. Any questions about the move-in process should be directed to housing@hampshire.edu.

Commuter / Off-Campus Student Residents

All new commuter and off-campus student residents should arrive on campus on Thursday, August 25 at 12 p.m. for a meal, on-boarding Covid-19 testing, and to begin participating in the orientation program.

Orientation Schedule

Useful Information To Review Prior To Your Arrival At Hampshire

Not finding what you need? Contact deanofstudents@hampshire.edu

How to Hampshire E-Newsletter

Issue #5 - August 4, 2022

Family Orientation

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

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Evening Dessert Reception

Friday, August 26, 2022

Join us on campus during the day for activities and tours of various campus resources and spaces.