Though it still feels like summer, the new school year is just around the corner and we can’t wait to welcome our newest Mustangs to campus! To help you prepare, we’ve created a downloadable packing list and rundown of important dates.



For news, updates, and good old Mount Ida spirit, be sure to follow us on Twitter (@mountidanews), Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (username: mountidacollege)! Here’s an overview of important Mount Ida back to school events. Football players will return to campus Friday, August 12 and all fall athletes will check in on Thursday, August 18.
On Thursday, August 25 student leaders will head to campus for check-in.

The Final orientation session for International Students will begin on Monday, August 29 and they will be joined on Tuesday, August 30 by any students coming for orientation sessions.

– First Year Round Up begins on Thursday, September 1.
– Week of Welcome begins on Monday, September 5
– Fall Fest begins on October 21st – 23rd


If you are an incoming student who has not attended orientation, our Final Orientation Session is on Tuesday, August 30. New students move into residence halls on Thursday September 1 and we will kick off the new academic year with convocation on September 8. Members of the class of 2020 will enjoy a series of special events called Mustang Round Up lasting from Thursday, September 1 until Sunday, September 4. Please check back in for updates as we reveal the exciting details.

Returning students will move into their residence halls on Monday, September 5. All students will be welcomed to campus with a weeklong series of events called Week of Welcome or WOW starting Monday September 5. Please check back in for updates and event specifics. Classes begin on Tuesday, September 6 with add/drop period ending on Wednesday, September 14. Last but not least, students can learn about Mount Ida’s vibrant clubs and organizations at the Involvement Fair on Wednesday, September 14.

Looking forward to seeing you on campus! Welcome New and Returning Students!


Summers Don’t Slow Down at Mount Ida

The orientation team kicked into high gear

As soon as Commencement 2016 ended, the Orientation Team from Student Affairs and a new crew of student Orientation Ambassadors shifted into high gear to welcome the class of 2020.

In three sessions held in June and July, students were introduced to everything Mount Ida has to offer.  After hearing from President Brown and Provost Akie, the Orientation Ambassadors took to the stage with rallying cries and a dance number.

Vice President of Student Affairs Laura DeVeau took it from there.  First she gave the students time for a hug from their parents and those there in support, and then sent the adults on their way to workshops to help them transition to their new-found roles.

Then the students broke up into small groups and headed off to a chance to get to know their ambassadors and each other. At the end of the one and a half day sessions, they were all Mustangs and eager to come back and get started in September.

Class of 2020, be sure to join Mount Ida’s Facebook group to connect with students, staff and faculty and stay up-to-date on everything on campus.


For six-foot-one-inch, high school basketball and volleyball star Molly Alkinburg, finding the right clothes to wear when she wanted out of her athletic gear was the ultimate challenge.

“The clothes I found in the Maryland stores where I grew up, just didn’t fit.  They were too short, too big, or not big enough.   I love fashion and wanted the ability to be able to have the same choices as other women to create my own style.”

With that in mind, and a healthy dose of the TV show “What Not to Wear,” Molly decided that she’d pursue a career in fashion.  And, if she could find the right college that would allow her to not only do that, but participate in high-level sports, that would be ideal.

“Mount Ida College offered the right combination – The Fashion Merchandising and Marketing Program would teach me what I needed to become a stylist – and the NCAA Division III Basketball and Volleyball teams would keep me competitive.”

Molly loves design, but admits it’s not her strong suit, so she’s concentrating on the merchandising side.  With visual merchandising, “It’s important how stores are laid out.  It’s important how windows are designed and lit. It’s important what is displayed at the point of sale, which often becomes an impulse purchase.  All of that is part of a store’s success.”

And once the customer has been intrigued to come into the store,that is where Molly is preparing to shine as a stylist.  “I want to help people figure out what they should be wearing and what will make them be their best.”  For Molly that requires not only an understanding of design and fabric, but also an ability to learn what makes a person comfortable and what works with their skin tone, hair color and personality.

“It’s not only women, it’s men too,” she adds.   “I am an advocate of “It doesn’t have to MATCH, it has to GO.”  She tries to steer people to be more creative with their style.  “I encourage people to try things on. Clothing often looks different once you have it on then when it’s on a hangar.  It’s all about being right for your body shape, curves or style.”

Fashion Futures, the annual Mount Ida student-produced runway show is another part of the Mount Ida program that is important to Molly.  “Last year I modeled and was the first person on the runway wearing a dress made entirely out of used Scratch tickets!  It was stapled on, but I kept my balance in four-inch heels and kicked off the show in high fashion.”  This year she worked behind the scenes, heading up the social media and creating the marketing materials and publicity for the downtown nightclub fashion night.

And, when the fashion show was over, Molly got down to finishing her exams, then headed off to Costa Rica to play in the 4th Annual Costa Rica invitational volleyball tournament put together by  After that, if things go as planned, there’s a red-carpet moment or more in her future.