New and Transfer Student Orientation Program

The focus of orientation, like academics at Hampshire, is on the small group experience and student-led activities. You won't have to sit in auditoriums and listen to long lectures. Instead, most of your time during orientation will be filled with interactive sessions, small group activities hosted by student orientation leaders, and occasional special guest presenters or performers.

Spring 2022 Orientation

New and transfer students arrive at Hampshire on Saturday, January 22, between 9 a.m.–11 a.m., and participate in orientation activities through Tuesday, January 25. Classes begin Wednesday, January 26.

Spring 2022 New and Transfer Student Orientation Schedule

New international students, check here for information regarding international student arrival dates.

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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, January 13, 2022

7:30–9 p.m.

Parents and guardians, this is your chance to gain a deeper understanding of Hampshire and its resources inside and outside the classroom. The event will be recorded for those unable to attend, and for those who wish to review at a later time.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Join us on campus for a brief welcome from key faculty and staff followed by lunch. Location TBA.

> Register here

New and Transfer Students: What to Expect

The first days of your Hampshire experience will be guided by orientation leaders. They are continuing students who are committed to helping new and transfer students make a smooth transition into Hampshire life. After you've settled in on Opening Day, you'll meet the other new and transfer students and your orientation leaders, who will be available to answer your questions, hear any concerns, and share your excitement about Hampshire. You will participate in engaging and interactive sessions led by Hampshire staff and faculty, and small group activities hosted by student orientation leaders.

These formative days are not only meant to be educational; they're also meant to be fun. Our creative orientation leaders design innovative and entertaining activities for new and transfer students to learn more about each other while familiarizing themselves with Hampshire.

> View the orientation schedule here.

Move-In Guidelines

All residents will be emailed specific move-in information in January with times and check-in location. Students must report for an on-boarding COVID test within 24 hours of arrival. 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 can be directed to

Mission Statement

The College's orientation program is designed to support new and transfer students as they begin their journey at Hampshire. We aim to create opportunities and offer experiences that are directly informed by the educational philosophy and practices of the College, and through which students will be able to engage their passions, challenge their beliefs, and continue to grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally.

Goals and Methods

The primary goal for new and transfer students is to feel supported by and connected to the people and resources in the Hampshire community. Specifically, we aim for the program to:

  • Promote engagement with the values of our community
  • Establish and care for students' basic needs
  • Provide accurate and relevant information about life at Hampshire College
  • Explore what it means to "live together well" in a community
  • Begin difficult and important conversations that arise from living and working together in diverse communities
  • Offer opportunities for new and transfer students to connect with each other and build friendships
  • Provide students with time to process, reflect, and share their fears and anxieties in a supportive environment
  • Lay the groundwork for continued learning, exploration, and social networking through the first-year program