When will I move in to my residence hall?

Incoming students should sign up for a move-in appointment on myHousing by August 1. Move-in appointments will be available between August 15 and August 20.

Where can I learn more about how the Colleges' are adapting to COVID-19 protocols?

The HWS Fall 2020 Opening Plan can be found here. Detailed information on the Colleges' response to COVID-19 can be found here.

How do I know which textbooks and other course materials I will need?

While viewing your course schedule in the PeopleSoft Student Center, click the yellow button that reads 'Barnes & Noble - Buy Books.' This will take you to a list of the textbooks and materials required for your courses and the options to purchase or rent them from the College Store. Complete the transaction online and you will have the option to pick up your materials at the store or have items shipped to your home address. Not planning on purchasing from The College Store? No problem. ISBN numbers are provided so you can search elsewhere.

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 Thursday, August 20 - Sunday, August 23, beginning at 8:30 a.m. (International students will arrive on Sunday, August 16, with their Orientation beginning the following morning.)

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

This information will be posted on the Orientation and myHousing website in July.

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. You can access your mailing address from the Peoplesoft portal. After logging in, go to your campus personal information and you will find your Scandling Center address there. All letters and packages should be addressed to you at:

(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 19. 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 23, and 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, so students can pick up packages.

Will there be computer access in my room?

All student residences offer WiFi access.

Do I need to have my own computer?

Computers are an increasingly important tool for students at the Colleges. While the Colleges offer several public computing labs, having a personal computer is a significant convenience, especially toward the end of semesters when demands upon computer labs are high. All student residences offer WiFi access. In case you do not bring a computer, there are multiple computer labs around campus. 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 1. Please e-mail with your request.
Residences opening and closing dates are:

Fall Semester

  • Oct. 10-13 — Fall Recess (halls remain open but students must register to stay)
  • Nov. 23-27 — Thanksgiving Recess (halls remain open but students must register to stay)

Spring Semester

  • March 13-21 — Spring break (halls remain open but students must register to stay)
  • May 16 — Commencement

Will there be cable connection in my room?

Basic cable is available in the lounges of all residence halls.

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.


  • alarm clock
  • athletic clothes or equipment
  • bookbag or backpack
  • calculator
  • clothes hangers
  • computer
  • desk supplies (tape, stapler, etc.)
  • fan
  • flashlight
  • laundry bag or basket & detergent
  • pencil sharpener
  • pictures, posters or decorations
  • pillows & pillowcases
  • raincoat/umbrella
  • extra long sheets, blankets & comforters
  • Single serve Keurig machine
  • Surge Protectors
  • poster putty
  • toiletries basket or bucket
  • shower shoes (flip flops)
  • towels

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)
  • Tapestries
  • Curtains



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