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Freshman Resources

The following is a resource page for freshman students. Just click on one of the topics below for more information.

How to pay your Housing Deposit
How to sign your Housing Contract & Questionnaire
Important Dates
Frequently Asked Questions
Living on Campus
Resident Student Handbook
Resident Student Housing Contract
Move-in Newsletter
Packing Checklist
Information About Residential Life Staff
Roommate Agreement

How to pay your Housing Deposit

Here is a step by step tutorial on how to pay your Housing Deposit online. Credit card payments will have a convenience fee of 2.75% added to each card transaction. There is no fee for electronic check processing.
Housing Deposits can be paid at the Bursar’s Office in Building 4 to pay by cash or check.

How to sign your Housing Contract & Questionnaire​

Here is a step by step tutorial to assist students in​​ completing their housing contract and roommate questionnaire.​​​​​​​​

​​Frequently Asked Questions

For our frequently asked questions page, please click here.

Living on Campus

For more information about living on campus, please click here.

Resident Student Handbook

To read and/or print a copy of our Resident Student Handbook, please click here.

Resident Student Housing Contract

To read and/or print a copy of the Resident Student Housing Contract, please click here.

Packing Checklist

Trying to figure out what to pack may be stressful. However, let us help you reduce the stress. Download our checklist to see suggested items to bring with you. You don't have to bring anything on the list, and something you might want may not be on the list. Use this as a guideline for items you may want to pack for the year, please click here. ​

Residential Life Staff

The Residential Life & Housing staff is available to assist residents through advising, counseling, referrals, programming, conflict mediation, and community development in their hall.

Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants are students who are selected on the basis of their college involvement, intellectual abilities, and leadership skills to be peer mentors to fellow students. The role of the Resident Assistant is to assist students with their personal growth, to help resolve group problems, to coordinate and develop activities and programs, and to enforce residential policies and procedures. Resident Assistants can direct residents to campus and local resources that will help residents with their transition to college.  

There are four Resident Assistants in each of the five residence halls and eight in the Penfield Hall.
There is an RA on-duty from 7:00pm to 7:00am on weekday and 24 hours on weekends. When on-duty, the RA makes rounds through the hall to ensure that things are running smoothly.

For more information about how to become a Resident Assistant, please click here.

Area Coordinators & Hall Directors
Resident Assistants are supervised by a Professional Hall staff member (Area Coordinators and Hall Directors).  Area Coordinator and Hall Directors have the overall responsibility of supervising the residence halls, including the areas of judicial, programming, maintenance, front desk, and security. They encourage and develop educational and social goals for the residents and thus provide an environment that is conducive to growth. The Professional Hall staff members also assist with the programs and operations of the Office of Residential Life & Housing. 

The Professional Hall staff members live-in the residence halls and can be reached in the Office of Residential Life & Housing (401-456-8240) during the business day. There is a Professional Staff person on-call for the residence hall area 24 hours a day for emergency and crisis manage​ment. 

Roommate Agreement

The transition to college can be a stressful time for students. One of the biggest transitions can be learning to live with a new person. Residential Life and Housing department recommends sitting down with your future roommate before moving-in to have an open dialogue about mutual respect and boundaries.  If you and your roommate are unable to sit down before moving-in, please find a meeting time within the first two weeks to discuss rules for the room.   We have provided two sample of a roommate agreement to help guide the conversation.  If you would like other examples, an internet search for College Roommate Agreement will provide other examples to you to use.

Sample Roommate Agreement

Booklet style Roommate Agreement​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Page last updated: September 24, 2020