If you have decided to commute to college, Wilson College can be your home away from home. Enjoy all the benefits that on-campus students do, such as Wilson’s student-first focus and commitment to value, while saving money on room and board. You won’t feel left out with your access to commuter lounges, the fitness center, health services and more.
Q: Is there a lounge where commuter students can go between classes?
A: 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.
Q: Is there any place I can keep my belongings on campus?
A: 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.
Q: I don’t have a meal plan. Is there somewhere I can eat on campus?
A: 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 College Store also offers a coffee station that serves Starbucks 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.
Q: Do I need to bring a laptop? Are there computers I can use?
A: 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 Success 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!
Q: What if I am concerned about driving because of the weather?
A: 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.
Q: Can I use the fitness center?
A: Yes! The Fitness Center is located on the ground floor of Lenfest. 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.
Q: Do I need a student ID?
A: 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!
Q: Can I use the counseling or health services?
A: 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!
Q: Do I have a mailbox?
A: All students (commuters included) have a campus mailbox. ADP student can request one if they’d like. The post office (PO) is located in the basement 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!
Q: Where can I park?
A: 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!
Q: Can I attend campus programs, events, or special dinners?
A: 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!