New Student Orientation: What you need to know for August 29th

The following message was emailed to incoming first-year students on Monday, August 26. Important details about arriving on campus, checking in, and moving into your residence hall in a stress-free fashion are provided below. We look forward to seeing you all Thursday morning!

Dear Class of 2017 and Transfer Students,

You’ve heard the old proverb “it takes a village to raise a child.” At Saint Anselm College it takes a community to check-in and move in our new students! We also have a saying among our Orientation Leaders, “TTP” or “trust the process.” We ask that you trust the system we have created in order to make move in as smooth as possible for everyone.

Orientation leadersOn August 29th we will have orientation leaders, resident assistants, student athletes, administrators and staff prepared to make your move in experience a positive one. It will be important for everyone to bring some patience, follow the signs and follow directions provided by student leaders and college employees.

Below is information intended to make your move in experience easier (so you might want to print this email and bring it with you on Thursday):

Dominic Hall Residents (most of our men) – You should arrive between 9:00am and 11:00am. As you come up Saint Anselm Drive, please enter at the main entrance to the college and follow instructions given by students and employees managing traffic. They will get you to the large parking lot nearest your residence hall. Please park your car and proceed to the check-in tables in front of the residence hall.

Joan of Arc Hall Residents – You should arrive between 9:00am and 11:00am. As you come up Saint Anselm Drive, please enter at the lower entrance to the campus (down the hill from the main entrance) and follow instructions given by students and employees managing traffic. You will be directed to proceed to the parking lot behind Sullivan Arena. The process you will enter into is similar to what you might see at a large ferry terminal where cars are placed in rows of lines for loading the ferry. This process allows us to efficiently manage the large number of students moving into Joan of Arc Hall due to the lack of a large parking lot. Please be patient, there may be a wait, but once you arrive at the front of Joan of Arc Hall, there will be many hands to quickly unload and move your belongings into your new home! In this process, we ask that the driver remain with the vehicle, much like at an airport terminal pick-up and drop-off.

2nd & 3rd Streets Alumni Hall Residents – You should arrive between 9:00am and 11:00am. As you come up Saint Anselm Drive, please enter at the main entrance to the college and follow instructions given by students and employees managing traffic. Our team will get you to the Visitors’ Lot near Alumni Hall.

Transfer and Commuter students

Move in dayYou will register separately, unless you received a phone call instructing you differently.

Commuting Students – You should arrive between 10:30 am to 11:00 am. You will register at Cushing Center starting at 10:30 am. As you come up Saint Anselm Drive, you will want to use the lower entrance to the campus (down the hill from the main entrance). Use the parking lots across from the gyms (Carr Center and Stoutenburgh Gymnasium) or near the athletic fields.

Residential Transfer Students – You should arrive between 11:00 am to 11:30 am. As you come up Saint Anselm Drive, please enter at the main entrance. You will be directed to take your first left once on campus. There will be a table set-up (beginning at 11:00 am) directly across from the Geisel Library. Park your car briefly on the roadway in front of the library. This is where you will need to check-in before proceeding to your residence hall.

Checking-In and Moving-In

All students will need to check-in before proceeding to their room. At check-in you will be provided your room number and room code. You will also be given an envelope with your Orientation Group Assignment and the Orientation Schedule.

Move in dayBefore being given these items, you will need to have completed all the necessary documentation from the Business Office and Health Services; we will let you know at registration if anything is missing in your file that demands immediate attention.

It may be helpful for you to have a copy of your fall academic schedule for your department meeting on Friday morning. Please consider printing a copy of your schedule and bringing it with you.

If you have questions about missing documentation, please call the Business office (603 641-7105) or Health Services (603 641-7028) before you arrive on campus.

Feel free to contact us with any questions, and once again, welcome!

Dr. Anne Harrington and Ms. Jean Couture
New Student Orientation Committee
And your Orientation Leader Chair and Committee