Help is available for students planning to live on campus
HUNTINGTON -- The staff of Marshal University's department of Housing and Residence Life have been working hard throughout the summer to make sure the university's dorms are ready for fall semester.
With the school year kicking off Aug. 25, thousands of students will be arriving on campus. The whole process can be intimidating for some first-year students, but there's help available.
"A lot of the work we have been doing for most of the summer has been getting ready for the first-year students who will be arriving in August," said John Yaun, director of Housing and Residence Life. "We will have around 1,300 first year students living on campus so we have been working on the halls getting the rooms ready. We have a new academic space ready in one of the halls that primarily houses freshmen. In terms of advice for first-year students, we try to tell them to get involved with faculty and other students on campus. We recommend they get involved with a campus organization and a residence hall. A lot of the research you'll find at universities is that students who are more connected with faculty and involved on campus are likely to have higher GPAs and come back for a second year."
Marshall's website, www.marshall.edu/housing, offers a special section under the "parents" tab to help new students with what they should bring and not bring for life in the dorms.
"Halogen lamps specifically are a safety issue so we ask them not to bring those," Yaun said. "There's a whole list of items so I encourage students to go to our website and look at that information.
"In some halls you can have a micro fridge and a microwave," he added. "In some of the older halls, the power grid can be affected if every student has one. Our website also has information on meal plans. Students will find that when they apply for housing, they will apply for a meal plan at the same time. Typically most incoming freshmen would go on some form of unlimited plan."
There is also special help for international students.
"We work with INTO, and INTO students can apply for a double or a single space depending on what they want," Yaun said. "We also have a new meal plan for INTO students where they can have meals all 12 months. We also work with other units on campus. On the first day of the Week of Welcome we have a first floor meeting where freshmen get to know other students. There's a whole slew of events for students and their parents to get involved."
For more information for new students, returning students, and parents, visit www.marshall.edu/housing/. The website features information on how people can volunteer for the "Move-In-Crew" to help students move into their new dorms.
Freshmen students can move in beginning Wednesday, Aug. 20 while upperclassmen can move in Sunday, Aug. 24.
"Last year we had around 275 volunteers from different organizations helping out students," Yaun said. "We're expecting even more this year. We will start moving in students at 9 a.m. and students can start checking in any time after."
For more information, call Housing and Residence Life at 304-696-6766.
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