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Student Life

It’s not all about academics. Perhaps the most wonderful part of your summer experience will be meeting new people from around the world and creating lifelong friendships.

Your dorm will be your home-from-home for the summer. A place to relax, study, and meet new friends. All our dorms are close to the center of campus so you'll be near to your classrooms, student center, and dining hall for example. You’ll be assigned to a dorm with students your own age and share a room with one other student. 

Every dorm room is furnished and equipped with bed linens, a pillow, blanket, and towels. If you're trying to decide what to pack - here is a summer student packing list to help you. We do provide a laundry service and laundry machines are also available in the dorms.

Each dorm has an experienced dorm head and several residential teaching interns - one of whom will be your advisor. Advisors are your first point of contact if you have any questions or problems — whether you need help with work or connecting to the WiFi, if you’re feeling homesick, or you just need someone to talk to. Advisors teach, coach, and live with students 24/7, so you will get to know them well.

Our campus is set in the beautiful countryside of western Massachusetts and we even have our own farm where we grow our own fruit and vegetables and care for a number of livestock including horses, pigs, chickens and cattle. You may be lucky enough to have your work job on our farm!

What is a work job you ask - Since the school’s beginnings in 1879, founder D.L. Moody wanted to build a community of people who respected and provided for one another, and we hold on to that value today. Each work job that a student performs is a vital part of the school’s operation. We believe that preparing meals, keeping classrooms clean, or organizing school events are important hands-on lessons. As Summer Session is only a few weeks long, you may only have a work job for a few days.

During your free time we have an extensive Student Activities program to entertain you with off-campus trips on Wednesday afternoons and weekends. We offer trips to local tourist attractions such as beaches, aquariums, miniature golf, karting, and town trips. On campus, we host movie nights, dances, theatrical and dance performances, hiking trips, and cooking classes and many other fun activities. You can also socialize with your friends at the Blake Student Center, the snack bar, or the Time-Out Cafe in Grandin.

And that’s not all! To cater to your health and well-being, we have a fully staffed health center and exceptional food in Alumni Hall.

Dining services provide an incredible menu that changes daily, including several options in the hot buffet, and an extensive salad bar, deli bar, and dessert bar (including soft serve and regular ice cream bars). NMH is famous for its food!


The O’Connor Health and Wellness Center is in the middle of campus and is open 8 am to 8 pm every day, with emergency coverage overnight. The staff is trained to meet teens’ unique needs and offer a wide variety of medical and counseling services. 

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have modified our health center to support a wing with negative pressure to ensure we can safely care for students who require isolation for COVID-19 until a parent or guardian’s arrival. In addition, we have onsite rapid antigen testing and access to PCR testing. Any student who tests positive will need to withdraw from the program immediately and have their local contact person collect them within six hours. All students, staff, and faculty are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test and proof of full vaccination prior to arrival on campus. Once on campus, everyone will be tested again.


The Summer 2023 program information and application will be available by November 1st. In the meantime, if you have any questions please reach out to the Summer Session office at 413-498-3290 or email

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