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.



There’s much more to life on a college campus than preparing for your future career. EXPLO mirrors the many opportunities students have at their fingertips when they get to college, from cultural events and guest speakers to workshops, clubs, and more. Learn to navigate your choices and cultivate a wide range of interests that will enrich your undergraduate experience —and your life.

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New Experiences, Lasting Friendships

Get to know people with customs, beliefs, and views different from your own — and open up a whole new world view. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself trying out a new language, founding an EXPLO club in something totally outside your own background, or planning a post-EXPLO meet-up in a foreign city with new friends from around the world.

Student Programming

At EXPLO, there are delightful happenings all day long and around every corner. From a pickup volleyball match on Skinner Green to sunrise yoga and meditation sessions to laid-back open mic nights. Whether you prefer a heated (but friendly) debate with the International Relations club, trying an improv workshop, meeting up with a guest speaker, or unwinding with a book under a tree – afternoon and evening, you’ll be immersed in a kind of campus life that’s buzzing with activity and connection with others.

Events + Activities May Include:

  • Student Dance
  • Dueling Pianos Performance
  • Cooking Competition Series: Bake Off!
  • Current Events Club
  • Brooklyn Hits Performance
  • Staff + Student Improv
  • True Colors (EXPLO LGBTQ+ Alliance)
  • Nightly Film Screening

Workshops May Include:

  • Personal Branding + Storytelling
  • The Changing Landscape of American College Admissions
  • Interviewing for College, Internships, and Jobs
  • Ethical Problem Solving
  • Professional Networking 101
  • Preparing for Internships
  • Improv for Work and Life
  • Intercultural Dialogue
  • Human-Centered Design
  • Leadership for the Common Good
  • College Essay Writing
  • Parliamentary Debate

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You’ll get off campus too. Mount Holyoke is nestled in the Connecticut River Valley amidst the lush parks, rolling hills and the natural wonders that earn New England its reputation for being among the most beautiful places in the country to spend a summer. Possible trip opportunities might include heading into Boston for Red Sox games, a Harvard Square + MIT tour, a North End Food tour, excursions to Six Flags New England and the Berkshires, and visits to area colleges such as Amherst, Smith, and the University of Massachusetts.