It’s that time of year again, when parents of new students begin to think about the transition to college. Al Friedman, parent of Sam 06F and Rachel F09, compiled lots of advice from his and his kids’ experiences and from other families who’ve contributed to this discussion before. This week, comments on housing/move-in are posted below. Additional information from the College is italicized.
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Greetings from the office of new student programs!
Summer is a busy time in our office, as we begin to connect with incoming students and prepare them for their arrival at Hampshire. The office of new student programs exists to ease the transition to Hampshire College, and we are dedicated to helping new first-year and transfer students make the most of their first year on campus. Through new student orientation, programming, and outreach, our office works to connect students to campus resources and provide a warm welcome to the Hampshire community.
From the moment a student decides to attend Hampshire College, we strive to keep them as informed as possible about what to expect in the summer months. Our outreach comes in many forms, from social media, to email, to paper-based mailings, so that new students can connect with us on multiple levels as they prepare to join our community. You may have already encountered some of our communications with your student, but here are a just a few examples of the ways in which we engage new students throughout the summer:
- This year’s common reading, Twelve Years a Slave, by Solomon Northup, was mailed to all new students during the first week of June. In addition to a copy of the common reading book, which we ask students to read prior to their arrival at Hampshire, this mailing also includes introductory letters from our office and the Center for Academic Support and Advising. These letters provide more information about new student arrival and orientation, new student forms, and the common reading discussion.
- The New Student News is a monthly, web-based newsletter that offers information about important dates and deadlines and helpful hints about campus life. We e-mail this newsletter to all new students when each issue is published, but it is always available at the link above. Incoming fall entrants should already have received a link to the first summer issue of the newsletter in their Hampshire e-mail account, and will continue to receive it on a monthly basis until the end of their first year at Hampshire. We encourage you to take a look!
- Our Facebook page gives up to date information about special programs, deadlines, and frequently asked questions, and allows new students to join in the discussion about life at Hampshire with their future peers. We use this forum to engage the entire campus community in welcoming new students throughout the summer, specifically through a photo album with welcoming wishes and advice from students, staff, and faculty.
As many deadlines for new student forms have now passed, we’ll continue to be in touch with your student to make sure that their information is complete and up to date. Feel free to visit the new student forms page for more information on forms and their deadlines, and to find contact information for individual campus offices.
We look forward to welcoming your family and your student to campus on Opening Day, Thursday, August 28, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The new student orientation program begins on that day, and we’ll have more information about the program in a future blog post. Until then, feel free to contact alumni and family relations with questions about move-in, Family Orientation, and family resources; or contact the office of new student programs directly with questions about new student orientation or specific concerns about your student’s transition to Hampshire.
All the best,
Jessica M. Ortiz
Director of New Student Programs