Keeping Health + Safety at the Center
As we plan for Summer 2021 with COVID-19 safety front-of-mind, some of our traditional programming may be subject to change. We will continue to follow guidance from the CDC, public health officials, and our COVID-19 planning team, and will provide regular updates to families in the lead-up to arrival day. For the most up-to-date information on our COVID-19 planning, please visit our FAQ page.
EXPLO brings together curious and motivated students from around the world who are eager to live and learn in an environment crackling with ideas, energy, and enthusiasm. From collaborators on projects to partners at evening events, they are the perfect mix of people for exploring every facet of life on a college campus. You’ll hang out with new friends in the residence halls and student lounges, pop in to studios, labs, and classrooms all over campus, make time for a quick breakfast in the dining hall, get your laundry done, and meet up with classmates for coffee or a snack while discussing a proposal for your concentration’s culminating project— all without missing a beat.
The residence halls on our Mount Holyoke campus are quite spectacular. In fact, the Princeton Review describes them as being “like palaces.” The stately neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque halls EXPLO will use are at the center of campus and circle Skinner Green, an expansive tree-lined lawn that in the summer is the perfect place for volleyball, music, and conversation. The residence halls are light filled and upon entering each, you are greeted by high ceilings, beautiful woodwork and large living rooms, many with grand pianos and sunrooms. Student rooms are off wide common hallways with bathrooms and kitchenettes on each floor.
Living in the residence halls provides a snapshot of the community experience you’ll have in college. Students are housed by gender. We aim to create living groups that balance a mix of diverse backgrounds and perspectives, new and returning students. The groups are led by Advisors who live in the hall, and keep you informed of what’s going on around campus. Consider this your campus family — they’ll care for you as if you were their own.
EXPLO is a diverse community with students from 50 states and 93 countries. Our international students make up a critical part of our learning community and living groups. Head over to our International Students page for more information about traveling to campus, language requirements, and more.
In general, EXPLO concentrations are casual and you should plan to wear comfortable clothing appropriate for summer. All concentrations will require students to bring dress clothes/suit for final presentations (trials, business pitches, presentations to professors/professionals, visits to labs, etc.)
In addition, all students must bring a laptop computer. The concentrations’ curriculum requires students to be able to access the internet and utilize basic word processing and presentation-type programs (PowerPoint, Keynote, etc.) If bringing a laptop presents an issue, please contact our Admission Office. Please note: EXPLO is not responsible for loss, theft, or damage of student devices, including laptops.
24/7 EXPLO operates an on-campus health centered staffed by registered and licensed nurses. If you are feeling under the weather, this is where you will find the help you need. There are rooms where students can get some rest. We also have space for quarantining and isolating students and staff, if necessary. Should you need to see a physician, orthodontist, or optometrist, we will take you where you need to go and stay with you. If you need to get a prescription, we’ll make sure that happens, too. Learn more about Student Health + Safety at EXPLO.
Our staff’s main priority has always been one thing, and one thing only: you. Most faculty, staff, and administrators, live on campus and you will see them not only in class, in the lab or studio, but also at the gym, in the community center, in the dining commons, and even in the residence halls. Their job is to help instruct and guide you through your summer experience. Our job is to (gently) nudge you beyond your comfort zone, making sure you get to experience all an EXPLO summer has to offer while feeling as safe and secure as possible in the process. And since we’re as excited to be at EXPLO as you’ll be, we’ll make sure every experience is as fun and fulfilling as can be.