Q: How and when do I get my Connecticut College email address?
A. Class of 2020: Your Connecticut College email address and password will be provided when you log in to the Enrollment Guide, so please check your email often and keep us informed of any change. If you need to change the personal email address on file with us, please contact the IT Service Desk at 860-439-4357 (HELP).
Once you have activated your College email account, we will use it to send you important information and updates throughout the summer. Please check that email address at least weekly; starting in early June, we will send updates and information only to the Connecticut College email address only. In late July, you'll get an email letting you know your room assignment and who your roommate(s) will be.
If you don’t activate and check your Connecticut College email, you will miss important information. You will also need that email address to register online for fall courses. If you don’t get your College email address, contact the IT Service Desk at 860-439-4357.
Q: What kinds of mailings, forms and correspondence should I expect, especially with due dates?
A. Class of 2020: You will receive letters, emails and postcards along with other materials, and will receive access to an Online Enrollment Guide with many forms to fill out and return. The due dates are clearly stated on the forms and on a checklist in the Guide.
Q: When does Orientation begin?
A. Class of 2020: New student Orientation begins on Arrival Day (the day all first-year students arrive), Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Classes begin on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.
Q: What activities are scheduled for families on Arrival Day? When do families depart?
A. Class of 2020: Move-in is on Arrival Day, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. (Genesis and Odyssey participants move in on Aug. 24.) Students and families should arrive at their residence hall starting at 9 a.m. They'll be greeted, given their key and Camel Card, move in, meet their roommate(s) and get settled before the first event of the day. The parents will attend their own Arrival Day activities in the morning while students head off to start Orientation. At the end of the day, there will be a closing reception for parents and students, after which parents will say goodbye and depart, around 5 p.m.
View the Orientation schedule in the Parent and Family Resource Guide 2016 (pdf).
Area 1: Freeman, Jane Addams, Harkness and Knowlton residents
Area 2: Larrabee, Katharine Blunt, Burdick, Smith, Blackstone, Branford, Plant and Windham residents
Area 3: Wright, Park, Johnson, Morrisson, Lambdin and Hamilton residents
Q: What can you tell me about my room?
We've tried to anticipate all your questions about your room. You'll find answers in the Residential Life "For new students" section.
Q: How do I sign up for the meal plan?
A. You're automatically signed up for the meal plan as a matriculated student. The plan consists of three meals per day, Monday through Saturday, and brunch on Sunday. In addition to the dining halls on campus, there is a snack shop in "Cro," the College Center at Crozier-Williams.
Students may use their student ID, the Camel Card, for purchases at the Oasis Snack Shop until the Dining Dollars allotted at the beginning of the each semester is depleted. ($45 per semester for a full meal plan) Once the Dining Dollars account is depleted, students may use their Camel Cash account at the Oasis Snack Shop and all dining halls. Unused Dining Dollar amounts on the student's account in the fall semester may carry over to the spring semester. However, please keep in mind that any balance remaining at the end of the spring semester does not carry over to the fall and is lost if not used.
Please see the Camel Card website for details about Camel Cash and how to add money to a Camel Cash account.
Q: How do I pay for my laundry?
Washers and dryers are provided in each residence house. Washers and dryers accept both quarters and Camel Cash as payment.
Q: How much money will I need for books and supplies?
A. Books can cost up to $600 per semester, depending on the classes you sign up for. The Bookshop on campus sells new and used books, notebooks, and other academic supplies.
Many students also put signs up around campus advertising books they are selling at discount prices. If you plan on taking an art course, the Bookshop carries most of the supplies that you will need, at a 10-25% off the suggested retail price.
The Bookshop will also price-match cheaper books found elsewhere.
At the end of each semester, the Bookshop allows students to sell their books back and receive a percentage of the cost of the books.
Q: Where do I get a bank account?
For students' convenience, an ATM is located in the College Center ("Cro") next to the Bookshop. It is served by Citizens Bank, which also has a branch in New London.
Students who don't already have bank accounts can set one up at any bank of their choosing. A few area banks will be on campus on arrival day for that purpose.
All student employees are required to enroll for direct deposit with a bank to receive their paychecks. The College will directly deposit an employee's paycheck into any U.S. bank; it doesn't have to be a bank that is local to the College.
Q: Are there computers on campus for student use? Should I bring my own computer?
A. Around exam periods, open access workstations tend to get very crowded. For this reason, as well as for convenience, we strongly encourage you to arrive on campus with a computer and appropriate Ethernet capability. Whether your computer is a laptop or a desktop, you can use network resources from your room. With a laptop, you can also access the network from the library, laboratories and classrooms, and via wireless access points around campus.
The campus supports both Apple and Windows computers. Faculty, staff and students are eligible to purchase computers at special educational pricing through Dell and Apple. These purchases are made directly through the vendor. The College does not profit from this arrangement, which offers substantial discounts on select models of Dell and Apple computers. In addition, by choosing one of these models, you're more likely to find support staff on campus who are familiar with your machine.
Q: How do I get my student ID?
A. IDs - that is, your Camel Card - will be distributed on Arrival Day. Students should arrive at their residence house at 9 a.m. You'll be greeted by housefellows, floor governors and student advisers and will be able to get your Camel Card and room key at the same time.
Once you have received your Connecticut College user ID and email account, please upload a photo to the "My Photo" section of the Online Enrollment Guide anytime from May 1 through August 17.
Q: How should I send things to the College before my arrival on campus?
A. Send by U. S. Post Office parcel post, FedEx or UPS. Parcels can be picked up from the campus post office on Arrival Day, Thursday, August 25, 2016, and Friday, August 26, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., and Monday, August 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information about your campus mailbox and combination will be sent to you over the summer.
You can find your campus mailbox number in MyHousing, next to your photo.
Address on all parcels must include your college campus box number (if available) and most importantly your class year, "Class of 20XX." Pack your belongings in boxes small enough to carry since there are no delivery services to the residential houses. Packages should be limited to 50 pounds.
Name of Student
Class of 20XX
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320-4196
There should be a gold slip in your campus mailbox to notify you that your UPS parcel has arrived. You will need the gold slip and a photo ID to pick up your packages, since you will not yet have your student ID. If your packages arrived by parcel post, you will get a pink notification slip in your mailbox.
Q: Can I bring a car to campus?
A. First-year students are not allowed to have cars on campus. You may find that you don’t need a car at Connecticut College. There are numerous transportation alternatives, including Zipcar, the Camel Van shuttle, SEAT (the local city bus) and several taxi services. Many students also use bicycles to get around campus and off.
Q: What is the best way to get from the airport or train station to Connecticut College?
A. Please see the "Getting Here and Getting Around" section of the website for complete travel information by car, train, bus or plane.
Q: What are the local attractions, best restaurants, and lodging in surrounding area?
A. Visit our "Area Hotels and Dining" pages for dining and lodging suggestions. New students will also receive the booklet "Over the Hump," which also includes a list of restaurants, shops and things to do in the New London area.