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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Which parts of Orientation are important for students to attend?

All incoming students are expected to be here for all of Orientation, which will take place on Friday, August 29 - Sunday, August 31, beginning at 8:30 a.m. (International students will arrive on Monday, August 25, with their Orientation beginning the following morning.)

When can I move into my room?

You may move into your room after you've visited the main Orientation tent on Friday, August 29. Your room key will be distributed at the tent.

When will I know about my room assignment and my roommate?

This information will be posted on the Orientation and myResEd website around August 1.

If I select sub-free housing or single-gender housing, how will that impact my courses? Will I be able to live in special housing and still have the courses I want?

The Office of Residential Education takes a variety of factors into consideration when assigning first-year students to their first residential community. While not all preferences can be met, preferences for substance-free lifestyle communities, preferences for same-sex or co-ed residence halls, roommate preferences, and learning-community preferences are all taken into consideration.

What will I need to bring to campus?

Past Orientation Coordinators have created a list of items that will make students feel more at home and more productive on campus. Their suggestions are listed on the right side of this page.

Each student is provided with a desk, chair, dresser, closet or wardrobe and bed, as well as window shades. Because campus storage space is limited, you will not be permitted to remove these furnishings from your room.

You may use posters, pictures, and other decorations to make your room feel like home. Please note that materials that damage the walls, such as transparent tape, adhesive stick-on cork board, nails, and screws, are not permitted when hanging pictures and posters. Poster putty and masking tape are acceptable. Tapestries are prohibited.

What appliances will be available in the residence halls?

Small kitchen areas or microwave ovens are provided in many residence halls. These areas are intended for cooking snacks and occasional meals only. Each student will be allowed a small mini fridge (3 cubic feet large maximum) in their dorm room. More information about leasing a MicroFridge will be mailed to your home in June. For safety reasons, cooking appliances in student rooms is strictly prohibited, though single-serve coffee makers (like Keurig brand) are allowed.

Will I be able to see my room if I'm visiting the area over the summer?

Renovations, housekeeping, and occupancy by our summer programs prevent the previewing of rooms. Campus tours are available through the Admissions Office and usually include a typical room.

What will my mailing address be?

All students are assigned new post office box numbers in mid-July. Log in to the Orientation website and select Student Profile for your box number and combination. All letters and packages should be addressed to you at:

(Name)
(Box #) Scandling Center
Geneva, NY 14456

Please note: Do not mail to P.O. Box (Box#). It will slow your mail and make sorting it more difficult for the Postal Service.

Is it OK to send boxes of belongings ahead of my arrival?

We strongly encourage those who must rely on shipping to delay their shipments so that they arrive the week of August 25. Sending packages ahead is discouraged because storage space is extremely limited. If you must send packages prior to your arrival, please send no more than two boxes, via UPS, to your campus mailing address. The UPS Office will be open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday, August 29, and 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 30, so students can pick up packages.

Will there be computer access in my room?

All student residences offer full Internet access including access to e-mail, the Internet, and the online library catalogue. Ethernet ports are available in all residence halls and wireless is widely available throughout campus.

Do I need to have my own computer?

Computers are an increasingly important tool for students at the Colleges. They are used to run instructional software, access course materials, access HWS library catalogues, obtain updated curricular information and advising resources, access information on campus events and activities, perform word processing, write and receive electronic mail, and access the Internet. Most of these uses require not only a computer, but access to the network. The campus Ethernet network provides all students with high-speed network connections in their dormitory rooms, the library, study carrels, classrooms and laboratories. All students receive a network username and password prior to arriving on campus.

Having a computer is a significant convenience, especially toward the end of semesters when demands upon computer labs are high. All student residences offer full Internet access. In case you do not bring a computer, there are multiple computer labs in the Warren Hunting Smith Library. Most serve as multimedia classrooms during the day and become open labs evenings and weekends.

How will I know when I have to leave my room before each semester break and when I can return after each break?

Residence Halls generally open the day before classes begin. Residence halls close 24 hours after your last final exam or by noon (whichever comes first) the day after exams end each semester. Special opening dates are arranged for athletes and residence staff. Requests for early arrival due to extraordinary situations are due in writing by August 3. Please e-mail resed@hws.edu with your request.
Residences opening and closing dates for 2014-15 are:

Fall Semester

  • August 29 — Residences open for new students
  • Oct. 11-14 — Fall Recess (halls remain open but students must register to stay)
  • Nov. 26-30 — Thanksgiving Recess (halls remain open but students must register to stay)
  • December 20 — Residences close at noon or 24 hours after your last exam, whichever comes first

Spring Semester

  • January 18 — Residences open
  • March 14-22 — Spring recess (halls remain open but students must register to stay)
  • May 13 — Residences close at noon or 24 hours after your last exam, whichever comes first
  • May 17 — Commencement

Will there be cable connection in my room?

Basic cable is available in the lounges of all residence halls and in student rooms. Students may purchase additional services (digital cable, premium services, etc.) for their rooms when they arrive on campus in the fall. Time Warner can be contacted by calling 1-800-756-7956 and they are usually on campus for several days during the first full week of school.  Be sure to have your residence hall and room number ready when you call to order service.

How can I grant my parent or guardian access to view my academic information?

Please visit the Share My Info page for instructions and more information about the academic information sharing service provided by the Registrar's Office.

 

WHAT TO BRING

  • addresses & calendar
  • alarm clock
  • athletic clothes or equipment
  • batteries
  • bike
  • bookbag or backpack
  • bulletin board
  • calculator
  • clothes hangers
  • coins (quarters for laundry)
  • computer
  • desk supplies (tape, stapler, etc.)
  • dictionary & thesaurus
  • fan
  • flashlight & batteries 
  • lamps - no halogen lamps
  • laundry bag or basket & detergent
  • mugs, glasses, cups
  • pencil sharpener
  • phone
  • pictures, posters or decorations
  • pillows & pillowcases
  • radio or stereo
  • raincoat/umbrella
  • extra long sheets, blankets & comforters
  • Single-serve water displacement coffee makers
  • stationery & envelopes
  • Surge Protectors
  • poster putty
  • toiletries basket or bucket
  • towels
  • winter clothes (scarves, hats, gloves, boots, coats, etc.).

What Not to Bring

  • Candles/open flame devices
  • Incense
  • Extension cords/"Octopus plugs"
  • Multi-plug adapters
  • Cooking appliances (toaster ovens, hot pots, electric drip coffee pots, Foreman grills)
  • Microwave ovens (except for Colleges-approved micro-fridges)
  • Large refrigerators (above 3 cubic feet)
  • Fireworks/pyrotechnics
  • Building lofts and other wood structures
  • Firearms and/or weapons (including air guns, bb guns, paintball guns, pistols, knives, etc.)
  • Any pets (other than fish)
  • Any fish tank that holds 10 gallons (or more)