Getting Ready for Wilson

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Greetings and welcome to Wilson College! We are excited that you have chosen to become a part of our community and we are confident that you will help us to continue our long-standing tradition of excellence.  The next few weeks will certainly be exciting as you plan your voyage to the United States.  Perhaps you are a seasoned traveler, or maybe this is your first time to journey so far from your home.  Regardless of your level of travel experience, we’re sure that you’re a bit nervous, and hopefully very excited!


After you have submitted your $400 enrollment deposit, you will receive orientation information and housing forms which will help to determine your roommate.

An orientation program is held just before the beginning of each semester to acquaint you with Wilson College.  During this program you will receive an introduction to your peers and to Wilson College life.  You will learn what to expect from Wilson, and what Wilson will expect from you.  Attendance is helpful and mandatory.  You must plan to attend this week-long orientation session; exact dates will be provided to you.

Academic registration takes place the day before classes begin.  This process will be further explained during orientation.  You must have a valid F-1 visa in order to register for classes.  (See “Visa Information and Forms”)

What Should I Bring?

Weather:  Chambersburg has seasonal variations in weather. Temperatures range from an average of -7 C (20 F) in winter to an average of 30 C (88 F) in the summer, although temperatures can be much hotter or colder.  Please keep the weather in mind when you are preparing your clothing!  The dress code is casual, but you may wish to bring a few dressy outfits for evening outings and for formal dances such as White Dinner and Spring Fling.  

  • Summer – June to mid-September. Temperatures range from 70–90 degrees F with high humidity. 
  • Fall – Mid-September to mid-December. Temperatures range from 32-60 degrees F with high humidity. 
  • Winter – Mid-December to Mid-March. Continuous cold weather. Temperatures usually range from 10-50 F and are often accompanied by rain, snowfall and strong winds. 
  • Spring – Mid-March to June. Temperatures range from 50 – 75 degrees F. Occasional rain with high humidity.

Check www.weather.com for more information on Chambersburg weather.  

Toiletries:  Some personal items such as shampoo, toothpaste and soap (we will visit a store early upon your arrival; however, you may choose to plan to bring a few days supply.)

Clothing:   You may need a raincoat, waterproof shoes or boots for snow, an umbrella and heavy overcoat for winter. In the fall and winter women usually wear coats and dress clothes equivalent to the weight and warmth of wool.  For casual occasions (such as attending class) jeans and sweaters are acceptable.  In the spring and summer light-weight clothing such as cotton or linen is appropriate.  At Wilson, informal wear such as blouses, t-shirts, jeans, and shorts are acceptable for women. Besides being comfortable, they are practical for year round weather changes! You may choose to wait until arrival here to purchase winter clothing and accessories.

Items from home:   Many Wilson students choose to bring a native costume. The Muhibbah club organizes activities where you may display items from your country and teach others about your special traditions. Books, recipes, musical instruments, photographs, and music from your country are also welcomed, and they may also help you to feel more at home! You will find that some people will be interested in learning about your culture.

You may want to wait until you get to the United States to purchase these items instead of packing them:

  -  Pillow, sheets and blanket (we will supply your first set if you desire) 
  -  Towels and washcloths (we will supply your first set if you desire)
  -  Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush etc.) 
  -  Shower shoes 
  -  A basket for carrying toiletries 
  -  Clothing hangers 
  -  Hair Dryer and/or curling iron
  -  Alarm clock 
  -  Stationary, post cards and stamps 
  -  Mugs, drinking glasses, plates and utensils (for snacks in your room) 
  -  “Munchies” such as crackers, microwave popcorn etc…

During orientation week, you will have opportunity to go shopping so that you can purchase needed items.

Each residence hall has laundry facilities, computers for student use, a full sized refrigerator, full sized oven, microwave oven, & TV for student use.  Students may also rent their own small refrigerator for use in their room.  All campus has wi-fi access. You may choose to bring your personal laptop. 

Electric Current: Electricity in the United States is: 120 volts, 60 cycle. If you bring an electric appliance (such as a curling iron) be sure that it will operate on American current. You will probably need to purchase an adapter plug for use with American electrical outlets.