Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register for classes?
You will register for classes during one of the three New Student Orientation sessions offered during the summer.
What if I don’t know what I want to major in?
Don’t worry! Exploring and finding new paths for your life is what a liberal arts education is all about. If you don't declare a major, you will begin as an “undeclared” student. There are several advisers who work with students who haven’t yet declared a major. They will help you choose your first semester of classes, and they will work with you to choose a major that suits your interests, goals, and talents.
How are roommates selected?
Roommates are selected on the basis of your responses to the roommate questionnaire in the Residence Hall/Commuter Application, which is part of the Enrollment Information Packet.
What if I have a friend with whom I’d like to share a room?
If you and a friend have chosen to room together, you must both indicate that you would like to room with each other on your respective housing forms.
When will I find out who my roommate is?
Roommates are selected during July and communicated toward the end of the month. After you receive notification, you should be in touch with your roommate in order to coordinate what you bring to the room, as well as décor (if that matters to you).
When will I know what room I’m in?
Your room assignment accompanies the information about your roommate. You can learn about room dimensions and more about the halls under the Residence Life section of the Web site.
Can commuter students purchase meals in the Dining Hall?
Yes! After you receive your I.D. when you check in for Big Red Weekend in the fall, go to the Office of Student Financial Services, where you can add as much money as you would like to your I.D. card, which is used as a swipe card when you eat meals in the Dining Hall or purchase items at Java City. You may also pay at the door per meal.
When can I buy my books?
You can purchase your books anytime after you have registered for classes and learned which books are required for each course (be sure you purchase the exact edition required by comparing the ISBN number). Some parents purchase books through the bookstore electronically, so students can pick up the books after they arrive for classes.
What should I bring to the residence hall—and what am I not allowed to bring?
Check the list in the Enrollment Information Packet—it includes a list of things you are not allowed to bring as well as a suggested list of things you will need.
Is there special parking for students—and is a permit required?
Yes to both questions. More information can be found here.