Frequently Asked Questions

General / Campus LIfe

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What is the social life like?

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Wilson College offers a wide range of co-curricular, academic, leadership and athletic activities which provide a rich social life on campus. Students who have the best experience at Wilson have found a niche in both the social and curricular environments of the college. The Student Development staff – Student Activities, Residential Life, Career Services, the Chaplain’s Office, the Counseling and Health Centers, and the International Student Office – work with students to plan and coordinate a variety of activities, both educational and social, throughout the year. These activities range from trips to nearby cities for shopping or attending sporting events, local attractions, educational seminars and workshops on campus. Each residence hall offers programming designed to build a sense of community on campus. Wilson is also steeped in tradition and holds many long-standing events such as Sarah Wilson Week, White Dinner, Valentine’s Day Dinner, Thanksgiving Dinner, Deans Day, and Spring Fling. Full-time College for Women students are able to attend, free of charge, the Performing Arts Series, Van Loy Organ Series, and the Travel Films and Dinners that are held on campus regularly. Academic Departments regularly sponsor film series, discussion tables, speakers, and field trips, and both the Athletic and Equine Departments have a full range of offerings for both participants and spectators.

Centrally located Lenfest Commons conveniently houses all the Student Development Offices, fitness center, post office, student clubs and organization offices, coffeehouse, and outdoor picnic areas. Enjoy an afternoon snack or study in the sun. There are also several lounge areas that are ideal for studying or holding discussion groups.

Positive involvement with activities and events on campus helps students learn to balance their academic and co-curricular responsibilities, become better at time management, and develop an understanding of what it means to build and sustain community. The Student Development staff, and the staff and faculty advisors who work with student groups are here to help you realize your dream and vision for a vibrant social life at Wilson. We seek and encourage participation from all types of students: extroverts, introverts, CFW, ADP, WWC, internationals, residents, commuters, athletes, intellectuals, young, less young, full-time, part-time, all class standings, and everyone in between!

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How safe is campus?

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Wilson College has safety officers on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are also Resident Assistants on each floor who help maintain a safe community environment; there is always at least one RA on duty outside of normal business hours. The college also recommends observance of common personal safety practices including utilizing a buddy system when you are out after dark. Students can always call the Security Office for an escort from the parking areas and/or other areas on campus. Blue light emergency phones are also available at key locations on campus. An on-call administrator is available to assist RAs and Security 24 hours a day, 7 days a week while classes are in session. Check the Wilson website at www.wilson.edu for the annual crime statistical reports mandated by the Department of Education.

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How does the meal plan work?

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All residential students are required to be on the meal plan. All new students are on the 19 meal plan and returning students may select from several options.

Phoenix Meal Plan - 19-meal plan: 
All first time, first year, residential students are required to be on this meal plan for their first year. With this plan students receive 19 meals per week (meals do not carry over week to week): 3 meals Monday – Friday and 2 meals, brunch and dinner, on Saturday and Sunday.

Gold Meal Plan - 14- Meal plan
: With this meal plan students receive 14 meals per week (meals do not carry over week to week): any 2 meals Monday-Friday and 2 meals, brunch and dinner, on Saturday and Sunday.

Silver Meal Plan - 10- Meal plan
: Limited to Riddle Hall, RA and WWC residents only
. With this meal plan students receive any 10 meals per week (meals do not carry over week to week): any meal option Monday through Sunday.

Commuter/Bronze Meal Plan - 5- Meal plan: 
Limited to non-residential students only.
With this plan students may choose any 5 meals per week: Monday – Friday during the academic year

Students with special dietary needs can usually be accommodated by the food services on campus. Students are not released from the board plan without specific documentation from their physician. Documentation received will be reviewed by the dean of students, the health services professional, and the dining services director. Questions regarding the meal plan should be directed to the Dean or Assistant Dean of Students.

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When are meals available?

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Regular Dining Hours are:
Weekdays
Hot breakfast: 7:00 – 8:30 AM
Continental breakfast: 8:30 – 9:00 AM
Lunch: 11:15 AM –1:00 PM
Dinner: 4:45 – 6:45 PM
Weekends
Brunch: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Dinner: 5:00 – 6:30 PM

The board plan covers meals during the fall and spring semester only. Students are responsible for providing their own meals during holidays or college recesses when there are no classes for more than two days. Muhibbah Dinner is not included in the meal plan and does carry a separate charge.

During J-Term, Commencement Week, and Summer Terms there are no dining services so students are responsible for their own meals. During this time, students use the kitchen facilities in the residence halls to prepare meals.

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Can first-year students bring a car to Wilson?

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Any student may bring a car to campus. Cars need to be registered with Campus Safety as soon as the vehicle is brought on campus. The parking fee is billed to the student account each semester. Purchase of a parking tag does not guarantee a parking space. Students who park on campus are expected to abide by the parking regulations, and to park in the lots which have been assigned to them. Parking regulations and fees can be found on the Campus Safety website. Failure to follow the stated regulations will result in tickets and fines.

All WWC students who bring a car to campus are expected to abide by Pennsylvania State Laws regarding child car seats and restraint systems.

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How will I get around if I do not have a car?

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The Office of Student Development organizes a shuttle that runs on Friday evenings for you to shop and go to movies in the Chambersburg area. Occasionally, weekend shopping trips and day trips to surrounding cities are arranged as well. Shuttles to BWI and Harrisburg airports and the Harrisburg train/bus station run once per break period. A schedule of shuttle dates and times is published early in the fall semester. You can also borrow one of the community “Yikes! Bikes” through Security to get around campus or go to the nearby stores and restaurants. We do highly encourage community members to utilize greener forms of transportation when possible and the campus is small enough that a bike is sufficient for many students.

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What internship opportunities are available?

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Wilson’s internship opportunities are constantly growing. Our Career Development Center works closely with students looking for internship opportunities in order to assist in placement to fit their goals and needs. To review the types of internship placements, visit the Career Development link on the Wilson College web page at www.wilson.edu/career.

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Do you have a study-abroad program?

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The college supports students who wish to have an international experience by working with them on an individual basis; and individual Wilson professors/staff offer Study Abroad opportunities. For more information on study abroad opportunities, contact our Study Abroad Faculty Coordinator, Professor Melanie Gregg. New students are expected to attend the Study Abroad/Internship session that is offered during fall orientation. This program will provide you with great information about our global initiatives and internship processes.

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What is the retention rate for first-year students?

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On average, the freshman class enters its second year with 71% of the entering class.

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Do you have health and counseling services available on campus?

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Located in Lenfest Commons are the college counselor and the college nurse. Wellness issues are recognized as an important part of residential and non-residential student life. The counselor and college nurse are focused on campus wide wellness promotion. They work to incorporate nutrition, fitness, self-care measures, stress management and coping skills to support students in their personal and academic lives.

The Health Center provides a clinic where students are welcome to consult with a nurse for various health and wellness issues. A local medical practice offers non-emergency care to resident students.
The Counseling Center provides individual psychotherapy, in which students can address a range of mental health, behavioral, and social issues. A psychiatrist is also available to students for medication management. Support groups, psycho-education venues, health and wellness fairs, and workshops are also offered throughout each semester. All Health and Counseling Center services are confidential, and free to Wilson students.

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Are there religious services available on campus?

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There are many opportunities for religious activities on the Wilson College campus. Please check the Chaplain's schedule of activities when you arrive. Past programs offered through her office include weekly Fiber Fellowship, Agape Christian Fellowship and the Quest. An ecumenical Christian chapel service is held weekly on Wednesdays at 12 noon in Alumnae Chapel (Thomson Hall). The Prayer Chapel (on the ground floor of Lenfest) is open for students to personally fulfill their own spiritual and religious needs as fits their schedules.

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How can I get Internet access?

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Wireless internet is available throughout the academic buildings, residence halls, and most administrative buildings, include Lenfest Commons. Information Technology Services staff can assist you in establishing the link and your email account. There are also public computers available in computer labs across campus and in the residence halls.

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Where will I do my banking?

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Each individual bank will provide different services, and you will need to find the right fit for you. Wilson College invites banks on campus twice each year for students during Registration Day. The closest ATM is on campus in Lenfest Commons and is affiliated with PSECU. Some of the nearby local banks are Susquehanna, M&T, F&M, and the Patriot Federal Credit Union.

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What if I have trouble in my classes?

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Help is available! Academic Support Center offers in-person and online assistance with written assignments, study skills, note taking, time management, and test taking, as well as disability support services for eligible students. Students are also highly encouraged to speak with their professors early on about any difficulty they are experiencing - our faculty are willing and able to help!

Orientation / Move-In

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How will Orientation staff communicate with me over the summer?

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We are looking forward to having you here at Wilson very soon. Over the next few months, you will receive one main mailing from Orientation in May. This packet will provide detailed information about forms which we must have from you by June 1 and July 1. All forms with a few exceptions will be completed online and submitted directly to the college through a secure website which you will access with your username and password. Student Development as well as other offices will be communicating with you via your Wilson email account over the summer -- please be sure to check it on a regular basis. It is the official way that the college will communicate with you over the next four years.

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When can I move in?

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Move-in Day in 2012 for new College for Women students is Monday, August 20 from 8 - 11 a.m. Women with Children and new international residents will arrive on Sunday, August 12. Move-in for fall athletes is scheduled for Thursday, August 16.

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What is my mailing address?

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Your address is:
Your Name
Wilson College
1015 Philadelphia Avenue
Chambersburg, PA 17201

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When will I know what classes to take?

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During Orientation, you will meet with an advisor who will go over the results of your academic placement exams. S/He will assist you in choosing classes that will best suit your abilities and curriculum.

Residence Life

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Do I need a school physical prior to moving into the Residence Hall?

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Yes, All residential students are required to have a complete history and physical performed by a physician or primary health provider. This form which is included in the Orientation packet needs to be sent back prior to coming to campus. Please note a vaccination history is required as well as the Meningitis vaccine per state law. See below.
The Pennsylvania State House and Senate have passed the meningitis vaccination bill for students residing in housing owned by institutions of higher education. The Act is effective on September 5, 2002. If this is your FIRST time residing in a residence hall YOU ARE REQUIRED to receive the meningitis vaccination; or sign a waiver refusing the vaccine for religious or other reasons. You may receive the vaccine at your health provider’s office. Please submit verification of your vaccine to the Health Center Office.

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How large are the rooms where first year students are housed?

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All room types and residence halls are open to all students. Size of room varies by hall.

In Mac/ Dav, the typical room size, including closets, is: Open Double - 13' x 17' ; Single - 8’ x 17'.

In Disert, the rooms are divided doubles, meaning they have a built-in divider of dressers, closets, and bookshelves that separates the room into two evenly-sized sections. The total dimensions of each room (including the built-in) is 11'11" x 15'9"; each side is approximately 5’ x 15’.

In South, the double suite rooms are approximately 12’ x 15' (front room) and 10' x 12' (back room). The single suites are approximately 15' x 14'.

In Riddle, most of the double rooms are approximately 12’ x 16’ and the singles are approximately 12’ x 11’.

In Prentis, each room within the suite is approximately 13'x17' (bathrooms and closets are included in that dimension). Rooms on Disert 1st (WWC suites) are approximately 11'11" x 15'9" (bathroom and closets are included in that dimension).

If you want to purchase carpet, we do recommend buying smaller than the dimensions listed above. Please, do not cut your carpet prior to arrival; some rooms may have a column and/or a built in closet. Floor plans are viewable online at www.wilson.edu/reslife. Please note the floor plans are not to scale.

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How are the rooms furnished?

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Each student is provided with a twin bed (extra-long size), dresser, desk and desk chair. Some rooms in Mac/Dav and South may have desk hutches. Most rooms in Mac/Dav and Disert have a small of bookcase. Rooms in Disert have dividers in them that allow for a great deal of storage area and additional privacy while still having a roommate. All floors are tiled or hardwood.

All College-issued furniture must remain in the room throughout the entire year (beds, desks, bookshelves, desk chairs, etc.). There is no storage for college-issued or personal items during the academic year - all of your belongings must fit in your assigned room. If a student has bought out a double room as a single, the second set of furniture may or may not be in the room at the time of move-in. Whatever furniture is present at the time of arrival must stay in the room and may not be removed.

Bed lofts can be rented through www.877bedloft.com. This is a safe, space-creating option for all traditional housing spaces. Homemade lofts are prohibited. Residents are permitted to flip their bed ends or bunk/unbunk beds on their own but extreme care should be taken. Physical Plant will bunk beds for students once prior to the start of each semester. You can request bed bunking by emailing reslife@wilson.edu no later than August 1 or January 9 respectively.

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What size bed sheets do I need?

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Most of the mattresses on campus are Extra Long. Therefore, you will want to purchase Extra Long twin sheets. These sheets will also fit the traditional sized mattresses without a problem.

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Do I need to bring curtains?

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All the windows have some form of covering (blinds, shades, or curtains) so it is not necessary for you to bring your own. Some students prefer adding their own decorative elements to the windows. We do recommend that you wait to purchase or make any window coverings until you move in as the windows vary in size depending on residence hall.

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Are the rooms air-conditioned? Can I bring a fan?

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No, the rooms are not air-conditioned. You may wish to bring a fan to help when the temperature is warm. It is suggested that you talk to your roommate so that you can plan on what size of fan you would like and if you both want one or wish to share a single fan. Please note that window sizes and types vary from residence hall to residence hall. If you have a documented medical need for an air-conditioned room, please submit a Housing Accommodation request form and submit documentation to the Academic Support Center.

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What appliances can I have in my room?

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Only small appliances such as coffee pots, irons, etc. that are UL approved and have an automatic shut-off feature are permitted. All appliances and extension cords must be approved by Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL) and be in good, undamaged condition. Extension cords may not be doubled up, bundled together, run under rugs, kept in contact with metal furniture, or hung from walls, ceilings, or light fixtures. All computers, refrigerators, and other appliances must be plugged into a surge protector. No more than 1000 watts should be connected to any single outlet. No more than 1500 watts in any one room.

The following items are not allowed in residence halls: triple/quadruple sockets; incense, candles or any items with an open flame; plug-in air fresheners; items with exposed heater coil/element such as toasters or hot plates; hot pots; bread machines; heaters of any type; oil popcorn poppers; halogen lights; appliances over 110 volts or 600 watts; microwaves; or air conditioning units. Otherwise acceptable small appliances such as coffeepots or irons that are not UL approved or do not have an auto-shutoff feature are also not permitted. The microfridge offered for rental through the College-approved vendor is the only microwave/microfridge permitted in student rooms. No other microwaves or microfridges may be brought into student rooms.

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Can I have a refrigerator in my room?

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Each student is permitted to bring one refrigerator, no larger than 2.5 cubic feet (max. 2 per room). If students would like a larger refrigerator, each room can have one refrigerator no larger than 4 cubic feet (this would then be the only refrigerator in the room). Students can rent a microfridge through www.myfridgerental.com. If a student rents a microfridge, this would be the only refrigerator unit permitted in the room.

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Is there cable, phone and Internet access in each room?

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Yes, each residence hall room at Wilson College is equipped with cable, telephone, and internet jacks. A separate internet jack and service is provided for each student in a room. Wilson's Computer Services Office also provides an Ethernet cord for each student to connect to the internet; cords can be picked up during move-in. We ask that students do not bring wireless routers/access points to connect to the internet as it can cause problems with our network. All residence halls, Lenfest Commons and most academic buildings have wireless access as well.

Cable and landline phone services within individual student room are by individual student choice. Each of the public lounges has a television with cable. There are also public phones available throughout campus and the residence hall public spaces. There is only one phone line and one cable jack per room, so it is an important conversation for a student to have with their roommate. Students desiring landline service must submit their request via the online form no later than August 1 and January 9 respectively. Students wishing to have landline phone service within their room are billed through their student account. Phones are available for sign-out through the Student Development Office. Comcast representatives will be on campus during the regular move-in times and registration days each semester to set-up cable service for student rooms. Cable service is a private agreement between the student and Comcast.

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What long distance service is available to students?

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Long distance is not offered on student landline phones. Most students and families today utilize other means of calling long distance numbers such as calling cards, cell phones etc.

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Can I hang pictures or shelves in my room?

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Yes but do not use tapes, glues or anything that would create a hole to hang or post things to the walls, closet doors or room door. Sticky-tac, Command Adhesive strips, or S-hooks should be used to hang posters, pictures or personal affects. Please note that any damage resulting from hanging decorations is the responsibility of the student. Nothing may be hung from the ceiling or suspended from the lights. No live Christmas trees or flammable decorations are permitted.

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Are pets allowed in the residence halls?

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Wilson College has a liberal pet policy. The following small caged and aquarium animals are the only animals allowed in the residence halls: hamsters, mice, rats, gerbils, chinchillas, guinea pigs, fish, and small non-poisonous reptiles and amphibians. Permitted animals must be able to live humanely in a cage no larger than 2'x2'x2' and no larger than 10 gallon tank (aquarium or terrarium). Students are only permitted one tank and one cage at any time. Maximum 2 mammals per student.

Pets that are not allowed include dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, arachnids, domesticated farm animals, any animal that is illegal as a domestic pet in the state of Pennsylvania, and any animal not explicitly listed as an allowed animal above. Bringing in an animal that is not allowed will result in automatic loss of pet privileges, substantial fine, and possible Honor Council referral. This includes visitor’s pets, VMC animals, etc.

As of August 2011, ferrets are no longer permitted on campus. Because we recognize the responsibility of pet ownership, any returning student who had a registered ferret as a pet on campus during the 2010-2011 academic year will be permitted to continue caring for the animal on campus, with the cage/habitat used during the 2010-2011 academic year, within the parameters of the pet policy. No new entering students are permitted to bring ferrets on campus; nor can any returning student introduce a new ferret to campus that was not registered during the 2010-2011 academic year.

Upon arrival on campus each pet must be registered with the Resident Assistant and the Pet Proctor of their hall/floor. This includes any animals brought in throughout the school year. The failure to do so within 24 hours will result in the loss of that individual's pet privileges.

Pets must be kept in the owner's room at all times. In the event that the animal needs to be transported out of the room/hall, it must be transported in a closed container/carrier. Animals are not permitted in any common space other than for transport in and out of the building. If being carried through a common space, the animal must be in a visible, closed, solid bottom carrier at all times (i.e. no transport on one’s person, in hamster balls, etc.).

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Can I smoke in my room?

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No, smoking is NOT allowed in any building on the Wilson College campus. Effective July 1, 2012 the Wilson campus is smoke-free, meaning that smoking is not permitted anywhere on the Wilson College property. Students interested in smoking cessation resources should contact the College Nurse.

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Are candles and incense allowed in the rooms?

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No, for the safety of all our residents, candles and incense are not allowed in your rooms. It is a Blue Book violation to be in possession of candles or incense. Students may also not have anything with an open flame or open heat coil. Plug-in air fresheners are also not permitted as they constitute a fire hazard.

Use or storage of flammable products including gasoline, paint, and paint thinner is strictly prohibited. Weapons, firearms, and explosives (including fireworks) are also strictly forbidden in the residence halls.

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Do I have to have a roommate all 4 years?

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No. Students have the option of selecting the room type (double, single, or double as a single) that best suits their needs. Singles and Doubles as Singles are on a first come basis as space permits. Allowing students of any class year to choose the room option that best suits them promotes more satisfaction with room arrangements and lowers anxiety over less than ideal room pairings. All residence halls are open to all students based on availability, however to be pulled up as a suitemate in Riddle, you must have junior standing or higher. There is no class year requirement to be pulled in as a direct roommate in Riddle.

There are a limited number of Singles available and the number of Doubles as Singles is capped to make sure there is enough space for all students needing campus housing. If the room type you desire is not available, you can request to be added to the waitlist for the type of room you'd prefer. Note that single rooms and double rooms used as singles are both priced at different rates. Room rate is determined by occupancy. Please note that the College reserves the right to consolidate room assignments prior to the start of fall semester if the need arises.

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How are roommates assigned?

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Many students meet their prospective roommates during open houses and Premier Weekend. All deposited students are asked to complete a housing form indicating their housing preferences. There is space on this form to specify a roommate preference. Once BOTH students deposit and request each other as roommates on the housing survey, they will be housed together. Students will receive instructions about accessing the online housing form when they receive their Orientation packet in May. Students who do not complete the form by June 1 or do not preference a roommate on the form are matched by the Director of Residence Life using the information provided in the housing survey. Complete honesty in the housing form responses helps to ensure a more compatible roommate match.

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When are roommate assignments made?

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The first round of summer housing assignments are made in early July; a second round in late July; and then on a rolling basis until move-in. You will be notified of your housing assignment via your Wilson College email account. This email will contain your room assignment, move-in instructions and contact information for your roommate. It is strongly encouraged that you contact your roommate before arriving at Wilson. All assignments are made on a first-come basis so it is vitally important you complete your housing form as early as possible.

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What is a Resident Assistant (RA) and what do they do?

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As members of the Residence Life staff, these upper class students live in the residence halls and are responsible fore developing the residential community. RAs know a variety of campus resources and can assist residents with transition to campus living. They are available to answer student questions, to build community on their floor, to provide programs for the floor, to support students through friendship and referrals, and to ensure all members of the community are respecting community and campus policies.

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What types of programs do RAs offer?

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RAs are encouraged to be creative, to provide educational, social and recreational activities, and to consider ideas from their residents when planning programs. Programs can range from Wii tournaments and ice cream socials to breast health awareness and environmental sustainability events. RAs also post informational items and advertisements on their halls. These items might include campus activities, information on Women’s history, alcohol/substance abuse education, excursions, general safety, etc.

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How many students are there on each floor?

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The size of a floor or hall varies each semester but typically has no fewer than 18 and no more than 50. WWC floors are typically 4-8 student families.

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Are there laundry or kitchen facilities available?

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Each residential community has a public kitchen and laundry room. All kitchens are equipped with a full size fridge/freezer combo, 1-2 microwaves, sink, and some cabinetry. All kitchens, with the exception of Mac/Dav, also have a stove and oven. Students are responsible for maintaining the kitchen and providing their own dish washing liquid, drying towels, etc. Each laundry room has 2 washers and 2 dryers, coin-free. Students should bring their own laundry products. Please note that horse blankets, rugs with rubber backing, 3-in-1 laundry products, and dryer bars are prohibited in our campus laundry machines.

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What are the bathrooms like?

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The bathrooms in most of the residence halls are communal bathrooms. There are one or two bathrooms per floor, each typically shared by an average of 25 students. There are several shower stalls, toilets, and sinks per bathroom. The custodial staff on campus cleans bathrooms daily. Because these are shared spaces, we strongly suggest students bring some sort of shower caddy to take their personal belongings back and forth between their room and bathroom. WWC suites, South, and most of Riddle rooms feature private bathrooms.

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I’m in a room with a private bathroom. What do I need to bring?

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The private bathrooms all come standard with a white shower curtain, curtain hooks, towel bars, and a plunger. Most have a wall-mounted mirror and medicine cabinet combo. The student can request toilet paper refills from Housekeeping as needed. Students should plan to bring any sort of decorative elements they’d prefer, such as rugs or printed curtains. They should bring hand towels and soap (for hand washing) as well as cleaning products and the responsibility for cleaning private restrooms remains with the student(s).

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Are there designated quiet hours?

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Yes, there are designated quiet hours. Residents of the hall/house will determine the general quiet hours within the first two weeks of classes, and will include quiet hour specifications in the hall/house contract. Minimum quiet hours across campus are 12am-7am on school nights and 2am-8am on weekends. Communities can set larger quiet hours but cannot set a standard that is less than the minimum hours. Courtesy hours are always in effect and there are 24-hour quiet hours in effect during finals week so that students may focus completely on studying.

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Is there a curfew in the residence halls?

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The College does not have an established curfew. Each student is issued a key that enables her to enter her residence hall. Doors to the residence halls and/or floor are locked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students must use their key to access the living spaces. If locked out, the student must provide a valid Wilson ID to Security or the RA on duty in order to access the hall and/or individual rooms; the ID is verified against the hall roster before access is granted.

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Can guests visit in the residence halls?

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Yes, Wilson students are permitted to have guests, both student and non-student, within the parameters set by the residence hall community agreement. Each residential community has the right to discuss and determine appropriate times for guest visitation and restrict visitation accordingly. At maximum, students may entertain guests (resident/non-resident, male/female) in the residence hall any day of the week within the limit that any guest may stay no more than three (3) nights and four (4) days in any 7-day period. Guests are only permitted in individual rooms at the permission of both roommates. Overnight accommodations for guests may be arranged through the Conference & Special Events Office. All guests, both male and female, must be escorted at all times. As stated above, the hall vote governs the specifics of visitation for both genders. The guest and visitation policy applies to all guests, including parents and other Wilson students.

Women With Children

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How are the rooms furnished?

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Each WWC suite is furnished with one twin bed (extra-long size), dresser, desk, and desk chair. Students are responsible for providing additional furniture. All college furniture must remain in the room. Students with extenuating or extreme circumstances have the ability to request and additional bed on a temporary basis provided we have one available and the student signs a waiver of liability. Students needing to request an additional bed should contact the Director of Residence Life by August 1 and January 9 respectively.

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What is the layout of the kitchen?

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There is a kitchen area on each WWC floor that includes two stoves, two full-size refrigerators, a microwave, and a chest freezer. There are designated cabinet, drawer, and shelving spaces for each family. You may wish to bring along personal cooking items and utensils.

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What are the laundry facilities like?

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Each WWC floor has a laundry facility with 2 washers and 2 dryers. Washers and dryers are free to use. There is space in the room, designated by room number, for each family to keep laundry supplies near the machines.

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When and how are room assignments made?

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Returning WWC students are able to stay in the same room year to year if they choose. Placements for incoming WWC students take into consideration current make-up of the floors, children’s ages, students’ age, background, and personality, etc. The Directors of Residence Life and the Women With Children Program work together to keep the floors evenly filled and balanced as much as possible based on the information available. WWC students can request a room change at any time after the first two weeks of class but are limited to one change per academic year. Students receive notification of their room assignment and move-in instructions via their Wilson email account during July/early August.

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How many students live on each floor?

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The size of a floor varies each semester but typically has no more than 7-8 families.

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I’m concerned about space. What if everything doesn’t fit in my room?

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Students are encouraged to bring organizational pieces to help optimize the space in their room. Each family is assigned a small amount of space in the community kitchen, laundry, and playrooms. There is also a limited amount of space in a seasonal storage room on each floor. If you have items that will not fit in your room but you want to keep them for use after Wilson, there is a limited amount of storage in Prentis loft. Storage is always at your own risk and students are encouraged to carry their own renter’s insurance policy. We do encourage all students to evaluate their belongings and scale back to the most essential items. Students may also consider using an off campus storage facility.

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What are the playrooms like?

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The playrooms on Prentis 1st, 2nd, 3rd are equipped with a wall-mounted tv and dvd/vcr player. Wilson does not provide any play equipment for the playrooms. The members of the floor are expected to discuss any items they’d like to introduce and keep in the space to make sure that any age-appropriate, safety, or care concerns are addressed. We discourage parents from bringing any large play sets or things that are more appropriate for an outdoor space. There is a separate space in Prentis and Disert for storage of children’s bikes. The Prentis main lounge and Disert 1st lounges both have large wall-mounted TVs with cable and dvd/vcr players.

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Can guests visit in the residence halls?

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Yes, Wilson students are permitted to have guests, both student and non-student, within the parameters set by the residence hall community agreement. Each residential community has the right to discuss and determine appropriate times for guest visitation and restrict visitation accordingly. At maximum, students may entertain guests (resident/non-resident, male/female) in the residence hall any day of the week within the limit that any guest may stay no more than three (3) nights and four (4) days in any 7-day period. Guests are only permitted in individual rooms at the permission of both roommates. Overnight accommodations for guests may be arranged through the Conference & Special Events Office. All guests, both male and female, must be escorted at all times. As stated above, the hall vote governs the specifics of visitation for both genders. The guest and visitation policy applies to all guests, including parents and other Wilson students.

By nature, the Women with Children floors have added security concerns because of the presence of young children. These residents also have a unique need in that they may need to have a childcare provider present with their child while they, the student, are not present in the hall. With that in mind, the following guidelines have been established for the comfort and safety of all WWC members:
The floor’s RA must be notified of any WWC mom’s intention to have a childcare provider in the hall in advance of the individual’s arrival on the floor.
Each WWC floor must meet within the first week of class to discuss and establish community standards in regards to childcare within the floor, appropriate community notification, and community tolerance limits.
All WWC students are expected to follow the entire guest and visitation policy. Childcare providers within the hall are expected to be with their charges at all times and should not be unescorted in public spaces nor should they be given keys or elevator codes without permission from the Director of Residence Life.
Any concerns regarding the community standards or their interpretation must be addressed with the floor community.

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What will my class schedule be like? Will all my classes take place during the day?

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Students in the program are required to maintain full-time enrollment, which is typically 4 full credit courses, as well as strongly encouraged to take classes during the January term. College courses do not meet daily, some classes may meet 1-3 times per week. As well depending on your course of study, you may have classes that are evening classes that meet once a week from 6:15 to 9:00 pm. You will find that your schedule will vary each semester.

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What is there to do on campus?

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Students’ social lives depend on their interests and level of involvement. Wilson College has many different organizations, athletic teams, leadership opportunities, and social outlets for her students. The Student Activities and Residential Life Offices plan and coordinate many activities, both educational and social, throughout the year. These activities range from trips to nearby cities for shopping or attending sporting events, and local attractions, to educational seminars and workshops on campus. Wilson is also steeped in tradition and holds many long-standing events such as Sarah Wilson Week, White Dinner, Thanksgiving Dinner, Valentine’s Day Dinner, Deans Day, and Spring Fling. Full-time College for Women students are able to attend, free of charge, the Performing Arts Series, Van Loy Organ Series, and the Travel Films and Dinners that are held on campus regularly.

Lenfest Commons, conveniently houses all Student Development Offices, fitness center, post office, student clubs and organization offices, coffeehouse, and outdoor seating to enjoy an afternoon snack or for studying in the sun. There are also several lounge areas that are ideal for studying or holding discussion groups.

There are many options for a WWC student at Wilson to get involved and become an integral part of the community. Wilson encourages and understands the importance of balancing academics as well as co-curricular activities. Learning takes place in both areas and students will learn to manage their time so they can follow their interests and excel in their academics. Students play an important role in planning on and off campus events.

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What activities are on campus for children?

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Activities for children and families exist throughout campus including use of the playground (during times that the WC Child Care Center is closed), use of the Penn Hall pool (during designated hours), selected kid friendly movies on weekends, outdoor activities such as visiting the horses and college farm, and programming for kids through Residence Life and the WWC Program. Also, for reduced rates kids can take advantage of the WC School of Gymnastics, on campus summer camps such as SEEDS and Sports Camps.

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Can I live on campus year round?

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Program participants are able to live on campus year round. The WWC housing contract during the academic year covers from the start of Orientation through the Monday after Commencement (no separate charge for January Term). WWC students are permitted to stay on campus through all or part of the summer whether or not they are taking classes. Summer housing carries a separate charge. Housing for Summer 2012 was $523 per month and is prorated based on contracted dates. Students taking at least 2 classes during the summer may be eligible for financial aid assistance with the housing fee. Returning students leaving campus for the summer are permitted to keep their belongings in their room over the summer at no charge provided they return their key before leaving. Students enrolled in summer classes may utilize the child care center as they do during the academic year. Students who remain on campus but do not enroll in summer courses are responsible for their own child care arrangements and costs.

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Who do I notify if my child or I have a special need?

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Special needs or concerns should be addressed prior to enrollment to the WWC Director who assists students to the appropriate individual. Medical documentation will be requested.

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Is childcare available on campus? Are places guaranteed? What if my child is school aged?

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Children 20 months and older attend the Wilson College Child Care Center. If there is not an opening in the WC Child Care Center at the time of the enrollment, the child may attend a local state-certified provider until an opening becomes available. If there is no space available in the WC Child Care Center, a community daycare list will be provided and the school will still be responsible for payment of daycare. Enrollment in an off-site location in such circumstances must be approved by the WWC Director.

Places are not guaranteed in the Wilson College Child Care Center for WWC students. WWC students are given first priority on the waiting list. Places for children of prospective students will be held no later than July 15. Students who are accepted after July 15 may need to make arrangements for childcare off campus if space is no longer available in the WC Child Care Center. Students need to contact the Director of the Child Care Center directly to confirm space and request paperwork, 717-262-2030.

Children who are school-aged are eligible for before and after school care at the local YMCA or one of its satellite locations at no charge to the student. Students must inform the WWC Director of their intent to enroll their child in this program. During the time that student parents are in class, childcare is paid through the Childcare Scholarship that is available to all participants of the WWC Program.

Although the College covers the cost of child care for WWC participants, all student parents must abide by the stated policies in the child care center. This includes timely submission of health forms, emergency contact information and anything else requested by the center. The child care center reserves the right to deny care to any child if such requests are not met. Further, late fees incurred as a result picking up a child beyond closing time will be assumed by the student parent. Wilson College will not pay for any late charges. Student parents are encouraged to speak with the center director and her child’s classroom teacher(s) if there are questions or concerns about established center policies or classroom practices.

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Do I have to pick up my child from daycare in between classes?

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No. WWC participants are enrolled in classes fulltime. Therefore, fulltime childcare will be provided to the children. This will allow the students to have time to study, participate in campus academic or co-curricular activities, or take some time to themselves in between classes. Students are encouraged to complete required studying and coursework during the day in order to maximize “quality” time with their children in the evening and on weekends.

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Is my child permitted to leave campus to visit friends/family without the student?

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The WWC program recognizes and respects diversity in family systems and structures. Therefore, it is acceptable for a child to leave campus to visit family or friends, or in order to comply with a standing custody order while the student parent remains on campus. However, it is a condition of the WWC program that the participants (i.e. the mothers) have full custody of her child(ren). All questions regarding this matter, including extended absences of one’s child, must be discussed with the WWC Director.

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Is childcare provided over spring break?

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Yes. Many students find themselves swamped with projects and papers over the spring break. Therefore, childcare is provided so that the students will have time to themselves to complete the work needed to be turned in upon returning after spring break.

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Is childcare provided during other times when the College is closed?

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Generally, no. If the College is closed (e.g. semester break) children are not eligible to attend the child care center. Questions about this policy should be discussed with the child care center and the WWC Director.

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What if I have an evening class?

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Evening care is provided by the Wilson College child care center for children of all ages. This service is provided to WWC participants only.

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Does Wilson College provide child care for children who are mildly ill?

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No. Wilson does not have a drop-in center for occasional care nor does it staff a center for children with mild illnesses. Should a child become too ill to attend child care, the student parent is responsible for making arrangements for his/her care. We encourage students to establish open communication with their faculty members, others in the WWC program and on campus.

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Can my child(ren) eat in the dining hall with me?

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Yes. Children who are part of the WWC program are included in their mother’s meal plan at no extra cost.

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Are lunches provided for the children while in child care?

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No. You must provide your child a bagged lunch. Wilson will give WWC participants reusable containers that they can use to pack a lunch for their child in the Dining Hall. There are child friendly foods available for participants. There is bread, peanut butter and jelly, lunchmeat, yogurt, and plenty of fruits and vegetables that you can choose from to provide your child with a healthy bag lunch. Also, the child care center will provide snacks, juice, and milk to the children.

Commuter / Adult Students

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Is there a lounge where commuter students can go between classes?

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Whether it’s eating, relaxing, or studying, we’ve got the space you’re looking for! In Lenfest Commons, there’s vending machines, a microwave, a refrigerator, and a computer for your use along with plenty of space to spread out while studying, eating, or kicking back on one of the comfy couches. This area also features a pool table (keys for equipment available at the Info Desk) and a big screen TV for student use. Also, in the Science Center room #264 there’s a Student Lounge with a refrigerator, microwave and comfy seating for dining or studying. Throughout Lenfest, the Library, and the academic buildings, you’ll find cozy alcoves of furniture that you can use for studying, phone calls, much needed down time or a few quick winks between classes.

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Is there any place I can keep my belongings on campus?

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The locker rooms by the Fitness Center in Lenfest are available for any student to use. All you have to do is pick a locker, place your own lock on it, and you may use it throughout the year. We just ask that you notify the Athletic Director and that you please remove all items from the lockers, including locks, for winter and summer breaks.

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I don’t have a meal plan. Is there somewhere I can eat on campus?

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The Dining Hall is available to anyone who would like to eat there - you don’t have to have a meal plan. Just pay cash as you enter & it’s all-you-can-eat! The Bookstore also offers a coffee station and grab-and-go snacks. There are also vending machines throughout campus. If you bring your own food, you can keep it cold or heat it up in one of the lounges mentioned above. Just off-campus, Norland Avenue shopping district offers Sonic, Sheetz, Panera Bread, Ruby Tuesdays, Giant (salad bar and hot items available), Nathan’s, Moe’s, Fox’s Pizza, and Fuddruckers. You have your pick of major fast food chains on 11N and 30E and tasty local favorites are within walking or biking distance just in town on Main Street.

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Do I need to bring a laptop? Are there computers I can use?

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There are computer labs available for students to use in the Library, Warfield & Science Center as well as individual computers through the public spaces of Lenfest and the Academic Support Center. Any student in possession of a Wilson College ID may gain access to the Labs virtually 24 hours per day. However, we do require the students to travel with a buddy after the buildings are locked. Wi-Fi is available throughout most academic and administrative buildings Also, printing is free for all students in the public computer labs!

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What if I am concerned about driving because of the weather?

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In the case of inclement weather or emergency information, the College’s website will have an announcement on the homepage. All weather calls are made by 6:00 am regarding the cancellation of class. You can also call the Info Line at 717-262-2020 if you don’t have computer access. If roads become too dangerous to drive home once you are on campus, rooms are available for students to use to stay overnight for a minimal fee. Just contact Conferences & Special Events (Thompson Hall) or if it’s after hours, call Safety & Security.

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Can I use the fitness center?

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Yes! The Fitness Center is located on the bottom floor of Lenfest right past the P.O. All students are welcome to use the facilities - just make sure to have your Wilson ID & leave time to go through F.C. orientation your first time.

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Do I need a student ID?

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We encourage all adult students to get a Student ID. Just contact Student Development in Lenfest Commons (717-262-2006) to set up a time to come in for your photo. You’ll need your student ID at the fitness center and dining hall - and sometimes it will get you student discounts at local merchants!

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Can I use the counseling or health services?

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We care about all of our students mind, body, and soul. If you need space to talk, are feeling under the weather, or need more formal counseling services, the Wellness Center can help! All services out of the Wellness Center are available to commuter and ADP students. The Wellness Center, located in Lenfest Commons on the 1st floor just past Student Development, offers a Chaplain, College Nurse, and Counseling staff. If you think you might want to use the services of the Nurse - make sure to send her your medical forms at the start of the year. The Wellness Center offers many outreach programs and group activities - so get involved and get connected!

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Do I have a mailbox?

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All students (commuters included) have a campus mailbox. ADP student can request one if they’d like. The post office (PO) is located on the ground floor of Lenfest Commons. You will receive things from the College and anyone else that may send mail to you there. Remember to check your mailbox once a week. The PO also offers a range of services such as stamps, package mailing, copying, and even sending out your dry-cleaning!

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Where can I park?

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Commuter parking is available at all times in Lot I (at the Park Ave. entrance between the Science Center & Rt. 11), C Lots (behind Lortz & the tennis courts on Gall Way), & Lot L (behind Laird). Additional Commuter parking is available after 5pm in Lots D & E (along both sides of the Park Ave. entrance drive between Warfield, the Library & the Science Center) and Lot B (next to Lenfest/Old Gym).
Make sure to register your vehicle & pick up a permit decal from Campus Safety in Lenfest Commons Lobby. Campus Safety is also available if you need an escort, are having car trouble, or just generally need assistance!

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Can I attend campus programs, events, or special dinners?

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Yes! Campus sponsored events and activities are for all students, including commuters. If it is a special dinner and you do not have a meal plan you may be asked to cover the cost of the meal. But please join us - get involved on campus - we want to see your lovely face!

Contact Information

Student Development Office
717-262-2006

Dean of Students
ext. 3273 
studentdevelopment@wilson.edu

Career Development
ext. 3314 
career@wilson.edu

Chaplain
ext. 3307  
chaplain@wilson.edu

Counseling
ext. 3235
counselingoffice@wilson.edu

Dining Services
ext. 3302
diningservices@wilson.edu

Nurse
ext. 3271
nurse@wilson.edu

Office Manager
ext. 3326
studentdevelopment@wilson.edu

Orientation & Student Activities
ext. 3164
orientation@wilson.edu

Residence Life
ext. 3125
reslife@wilson.edu

Women with Children Program
ext. 3164
wwc@wilson.edu