How are the rooms furnished?

Each SPS 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.

What is the layout of the kitchen?

There is a kitchen area on each SPS 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.

What are the laundry facilities like?

Each SPS 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.

When and how are room assignments made?

Returning SPS students are able to stay in the same room year to year if they choose. Placements for incoming SPS 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 Single Parent Scholar Program work together to keep the floors evenly filled and balanced as much as possible based on the information available. SPS 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.

How many students live on each floor?

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

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

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.

What are the playrooms like?

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.

Can guests visit in the residence halls?

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 Office of Conferences and Special Events. 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 Single Parent Scholar 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 SPS members:

  • The floor’s RA must be notified of any SPS mom’s intention to have a childcare provider in the hall in advance of the individual’s arrival on the floor.
  • Each SPS 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 SPS 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.

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

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.

What is there to do on campus?

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 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, 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 SPS 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.

What activities are on campus for children?

Activities for children and families exist throughout campus including use of the playground (during times that the Wilson College 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 SPS Program. Also, for reduced rates kids can take advantage of on campus summer camps such as SEEDS and Sports Camps.

Can I live on campus year round?

Program participants are able to live on campus year round. The SPS housing contract during the academic year covers from the start of Orientation through the Monday after Commencement (no separate charge for January Term). SPS 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. 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 use 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.

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

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

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

Children 20 months and older attend the Wilson College Child Care Center. If there is not an opening in the 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 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 Single Parent Scholars (SPS) Program director.

Places are not guaranteed in the Wilson College Child Care Center for SPS students. SPS 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 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 SPS 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 SPS Program.

Although the College covers the cost of child care for SPS 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.

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

No. SPS participants are enrolled in classes full-time. Therefore, full-time 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.

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

The SPS 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 SPS Program that the participants (i.e. mothers or fathers) have full custody of their child(ren). All questions regarding this matter, including extended absences of one’s child, must be discussed with the SPS director.

Is childcare provided over spring break?

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.

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

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 SPS Director.

What if I have an evening class?

Evening care is provided by the Wilson College Child Care Center for children of all ages. This service is provided to SPS participants only.

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

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 SPS program and on campus.

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

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

Are lunches provided for the children while in child care?

No. You must provide your child a bagged lunch. Wilson will give SPS 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.