Commuting Life

The quality of the College experience will be a reflection of the effort expended and the opportunities seized during students' undergraduate years. All students, commuting and resident, are encouraged to pursue the avenues and activities to which their talents and interests lead.

Students also are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the regulations pertaining to all segments of the campus community. Commuting students should become familiar with residence-hall regulations and are invited to become involved in the programs that take place in residence halls. Resident students should likewise seek to understand the circumstances of commuting students and make efforts to build associations and friendships with them.

For purposes of College policy, commuters are defined as students living with parents or legal guardians within a 50-mile radius of the College. Being a commuter has advantages and disadvantages: the convenience of living at home in a familiar environment with family members close at hand, sometimes accompanied by a feeling of being out of the mainstream of college life. It may be that commuting students need to plan their activities and involvements even more carefully than resident students to ensure that they receive the benefit of the full undergraduate experience.

A change from residential status to commuter status will only be considered during a specified time period prior to the Housing Selection process early in the spring semester for the subsequent academic year. Special requests may be considered only if a student can demonstrate (and provide appropriate documentation) regarding a medical need or a change in his or her family’s financial situation. A change from commuter status to residential status will be considered as residential space permits.

Getting Involved

The best way to get the most out of your college experience is to participate in a variety of intellectual, cultural, and social activities. Find clubs or organizations that reflect your needs and interests. Check the weekly calendar online or in the HUB for special events. In general, use your out-of-class time on campus to provide a base for your personal, academic, and pre-professional experiences. It can make the difference between going to classes and going to college.

Adjust to your new situation at home. Living at home and going to college is different from living at home and going to high school. Take time to discuss your new situation with your family. Come to a common understanding as to what your responsibilities are around the house, what information you need to provide about where you are and when you will return from campus, and what kind of support you will need in order to make a smooth adjustment to academic life. It may be a good idea to plan specific activities with your family while all of you are making the adjustment to your life as a student so they don't feel you have outgrown them or lost interest in them.

Get to know faculty members and other students. Make the effort to meet both resident and commuter students. Introduce yourself to the people in your classes, join them for a snack in the HUB, talk with your professors after class, chat with administrators when you have occasion to meet with them. Establish the contacts and connections that will make you an involved member of the campus community.

Use the library. One of the most valuable resources available to students is Reeves Library. A good place to begin research for papers or topics of personal interest, it is also a good place to study, as well as a likely spot to bump into the students and faculty you have been getting to know in your classes.