To Do

These checklists will help you get ready for your arrival on campus. Make sure to check deadlines and due dates for all required paperwork.

When you have questions, email orientation@mtholyoke.edu.

Before Orientation

All Students

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  • Communication

    Monitor your Mount Holyoke email account at least weekly. Important information about things like housing and registration will be sent to this email.

    Complete your MHC Account setup and access your MHC email:

  • Personal and Contact Information

    • Submit your name recording, cell phone number and both emergency and missing-persons contacts via my.mtholyoke (see Demographics & Contact Info on the self-service menu for students) between May 15 and August 1 for students starting classes in the fall semester; between late-October and early-January for students starting classes in the spring semester.
  • Academics

    • Review the Academic Calendar. Please note that further additions and revisions to the academic calendar may be made if needed.
    • Review the Academic Guide for New Students (requires login to my.mtholyoke) to prepare for advising and registration.
    • Complete all applicable placement exams (requires login to my.mtholyoke).
    • Complete your online advisor questionnaire from May 15 -June 30 for students starting classes in the fall and between late-October and by December 1 for students starting classes in the spring. Spring admits should answer both the "New Student's Initial Info for Advisor" questionnaire and the "Summer Activities" questionnaire available in the my.mtholyoke Inform Your Advisor self-service function.
    • Participate in (optional) advising video chats in the summer for students starting classes in the fall and email advising at the end of October for students starting classes in the spring.
    • If you are considering a career in a health profession (Medicine, Veterinary, Nursing, Physician Assistant, Public Health, Physical Therapy, Optometry, etc.), please review this web page and contact our pre-health office at pre-health@mtholyoke.edu to discuss which classes you should register for.
    • Submit your First Year Seminar preferences! Students starting classes in the fall will receive more information via email on May 17; your preferences will be due May 30. Students starting classes in the spring will receive instructions in mid-October via email for submitting their preferences.
    • Register for classes during the June registration period for students starting classes in the fall and, in November for students starting classes in the spring. New students should check "Approvals, Holds, and Registration Access times" in my.mtholyoke in mid-June (students starting classes in the fall) or early November (students starting classes in the spring) to get the exact date and time range during which you can register.
  • Health and Wellness

    • Complete all required online and paper health forms and submit to Health Services via the portal.
    • If you have current prescriptions medications you need to continue while on campus, we encourage you to make arrangements for those prescription medications to be transferred to Community, A Walgreens Pharmacy for delivery to Mount Holyoke's Pattie Groves Health Center for ease of pick up.
    • Enroll in the student health insurance plan or submit a health insurance waiver request by January 14th. The process opens on December 6th.
      • An email from Gallagher Student Health, the college's health insurance partner, will be sent in June to all domestic students matriculating this fall.
      • Domestic students whose home insurance does not meet the Massachusetts minimum coverage criteria, and all international students will be automatically enrolled in SHIP.
    • Complete the required Alcohol & Drug Awareness On-Line Training, a program designed to help students make healthier decisions related to alcohol and other drugs. You will receive a personalized link in August to complete the training.
      • Please note that we are currently experiencing technical difficulties enrolling students into the training course. We will contact students as soon as the training is available and we appreciate your patience.
  • Mental Health and Counseling Service

    • The Counseling Service provides brief, relational, strengths-based counseling, urgent care appointments, therapy/support groups, a 24/7 Care and Support Line, and prescribing services at no additional cost for enrolled students during the academic year. Students who would benefit from longer-term counseling, specialized or intensive treatment, or psychological testing will be referred to appropriate campus or community resources.
    • Students who are interested in regular, weekly meetings with a counselor should consider arranging for off-campus care before arriving on campus, as off-campus providers tend to fill their schedules quickly. Contact your insurance for a list of local providers or contact the Counseling Service for a referral.
    • All incoming students are encouraged to review their health insurance coverage for mental health treatment in the state of Massachusetts, and to consider purchasing the student health insurance plan if making copays, meeting deductibles, or using out-of-state plans will interfere with obtaining adequate support.
  • Finances

    • Mark your calendars regarding billing deadlines. Tuition bills are sent via email to each student's Mount Holyoke email account. Students will be emailed in mid-June about their ability to create Authorized User accounts. Authorized Users would also receive billing notices via email, have access to their student's billing information, have the ability to make payments online, create payment plans, and more.
    • Notify Student Financial Services of any outside scholarships you may be receiving.
    • Check Financial Aid Online and submit all missing financial aid documents if you haven't done so already (Financial Aid Online will be available to incoming students May 15).
      • Domestic students can complete federal loan counseling and loan promissory notes online at studentaid.gov.
      • International students will be emailed to complete loan documents before arriving on campus. Check your Mount Holyoke email address regularly once you are able.
    • Consider protecting your investment by reviewing Tuition Insurance information by GradGuard. Should the student withdraw during a term of enrollment, tuition insurance would increase your tuition refund. Enrollment deadlines are the first day of classes each term.
    • Review health insurance waiver information as noted in the Health Section above.

    BILLING DEADLINES FOR TUITION AND FEES THAT ARE BILLED BY TERM

    • Fall Term (issued in early July)
      • Deadline: July 31, 2022
    • Spring Term (issued in early December)
      • Deadline: January 5, 2023
  • Housing

    • Complete your housing form in Residence. The application will be available May 17th and due June 24th for students starting classes in the fall and open November 1st and due December 1st for students starting classes in the spring.
    • Incoming students will not be allowed to select their own roommates. The Office of Residential Life assigns roommate(s) based on their responses to their roommate profiles. Review the recommended packing checklist.
    • Please review all of the information and refer to our guide to applying for accommodations for additional details.
      • To request housing accommodations, please register with Disability Services. To be placed in housing with approved accommodations before the Spring semester starts, students must meet with Disability Services by Friday, June 1st to be approved for housing accommodations for Fall 2024. If you are approved, you will fill out a form (in addition to the "New Student Housing Application") letting us know how you would like your accommodations to be implemented. There is no guarantee of placement due to space(s) available.
      • Due to current scheduling constraints with their office, Disability Services has asked that students get in touch with them as soon as possible regarding housing accommodations.
    • Accommodation Approval:
      • While students may request housing accommodations at any time, any incoming student who is approved for housing accommodations after June 1st will be housed through the standard housing process for incoming students and Residential Life will look at adjusting their placement, based on availability of space.
    • More information about disability-related housing needs and accommodations are on Disability Service's my.mtholyoke page.

  • Disability-related Accommodations

    FOR ORIENTATION

    • If you would like to request disability-related accommodations in order to participate in Orientation activities, please email the Orientation team. In order to ensure your access and accommodation needs are met for Orientation, please submit your request by August 2; January 3 for spring entrants.

    DURING THE SEMESTER

    • If you anticipate needing academic, dining, housing, and/or student employment accommodations due to a disability, you'll need to apply for accommodations through Disability Services.
    • Please see this handout explaining the accommodation process for Mount Holyoke College: How Do I Get Accommodations at MHC? The application involves three steps: filling out an application form with your basic information, having a provider submit documentation, and meeting with an accommodation coordinator for an intake.
    • Beginning this process early is highly encouraged, and you can also apply for academic accommodations at any point during your time at the College. While students may request housing accommodations at any time, any incoming student who is approved for housing accommodations after June 24th for the Fall or December 1st for the Spring will be housed through the standard housing process for incoming students and Residential Life will look at adjusting their placement, based on availability of space.

    For more information about requesting housing accommodations related to a disability, please view the Housing tab above.

    Contact Disability Services when/if you have any questions about the accommodations process - we're happy to help! Please do not hesitate to call 413-538-2634 or email disability-services@mtholyoke.edu.

  • Student Employment

    • Review the email message sent from the Student Employment Office in late July and make a note of the meetings that you'll need to attend if you plan to work while you are here. Contact the Career Development Center with any questions.
    • Bring your completed federal tax, state tax, direct deposit and I9-Employment Eligibility forms in order to work on campus. Setting up direct deposit is highly recommended.
      • For students who do not need a visa to enter the U.S: If you have a passport, you don't need a second form of identification. Otherwise, you will need to bring (1) a picture ID and (2) an original birth certificate or social security card to present to Payroll representatives.
      • All international students should attend the work clearance session during International Student Pre-Orientation which will provide information on any documents required for working on campus.

  • New Student Survey

    • Take the New Student Survey! This survey helps the College better understand the academic and social programmatic needs of our entering students, so please take the time to inform us about your expectations for your college experience. You will receive an email invitation August 1 to take the survey. This invitation will go to your MHC email, not a personal one. Email ireserach@mtholyoke.edu with any questions.

International Students

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  • International Students

    In addition to the items required on the 'Before Orientation: All Students list,' international students should also complete the following.

    • Complete Visa Document Request by May 31 for students starting classes in the fall and September 30 for students starting classes in the spring.
    • Complete your Declaration of Finance Form.
    • The arrival form for airport pick up will be emailed to new international students. This will be sent to you in June. If you do not receive it, please email the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives.

Varsity Student-Athletes

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  • Varsity Athletes

    • Varsity student-athletes in the sports of cross country, field hockey, rowing, soccer, or volleyball must complete the Intent to Return Early form (sent by the Department of Physical Education and Athletics in the summer).
    • All varsity student-athletes must submit the sports clearance packet and meet all medical and compliance requirements.
    • Recruited varsity student-athletes in the sports of cross country, field hockey, rowing, soccer, or volleyball are expected to attend preseason practices and must submit pre-participatory requirements, sent to their MHC email by the shared deadlines, in order to be permitted to return early. Contact the head coach to confirm your move-in date and pre-move in requirements before making travel plans.

Engagement

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  • Summer

    We are offering opportunities for you to connect with other new students and to upper-class Orientation Leaders as well as staff and faculty before your arrival on-campus in August. You can:

    • Follow MHCStudentLife on Instagram
    • Use our hashtags #WelcomeMoHome #MyMoHome #MountHolyoke2027
    • We will also hold 1-3 pre-arrival webinars that cover important aspects of your transition to Mount Holyoke! Below are some of the topics that were discussed in past sessions. Please note, these will be hosted in Zoom, which is a video conferencing platform, and the application will need to be downloaded ahead of time. Webinar dates will be announced once they are confirmed.
      • Residential Life: Roommates and Living-Learning Community
      • Academic Life at Mount Holyoke
      • Social Life and Navigating the Pioneer Valley
      • Being Involved at Mount Holyoke
      • Move-In and Your First Weeks at #MoHome
  • During Orientation

    • Attend all scheduled sessions and regularly check the Orientation schedule for updates.
    • Meet with your academic advisor.
    • Sign the Honor Code.
    • Expand your comfort zone by talking to the other brand new people sitting next to you, joining others sitting alone in the dining commons, and inviting people to walk to events with you!
    • Meet at least one new staff member who can be a resource.
    • Ask questions, have fun!
  • After Orientation

    • Complete Orientation evaluation, which will be sent to you electronically.
    • Learn how to get involved on campus at the Involvement Fair, date to be announced.
    • Come to more events, such as Convocation and Nightfest!
    • Get involved with #WelcomeMohome
    • Participate in Class Traditions!