Orientation and the first day of classes are right around the corner. For new students moving to campus, they might notice some lingo or things that are unique not only to Elmira College, but also to college life in general.
The Residence Life team is here to explain these words and phrases, and also give you the lowdown on everything Elmira College. Here is our list of terms, tips and tricks to make your first week as a new student at EC a little bit easier:
The “Puddle” is the pond in front of Cowles Hall.
A dorm is called a residence hall.
The basements of some buildings are called the “Terrace.”
Instructors are professors not teachers.
The “Freshmen Fifteen” can be a very real thing for all college students. This term refers to the 15 pounds or more new students might gain as they transition to college life, so be sure to make healthy food choices, stay active and utilize the fitness center in Speidel Gymnasium.
The Bursar’s Office is where you go to handle any billing questions or make payments. This is different than the Financial Aid Office. The Bursar’s Office is located in McGraw Hall.
The Registrar’s Office handles all student records. Stop by this office in McGraw Hall if you have questions about class registration or transcripts.
A transcript is essentially the college version of a high school report card. This document lists all classes completed, grades received, and credits transferred.
Advisors are somewhat similar to high school guidance counselors. They will help guide you through important academic decisions and class selections to ensure you finish on time and meet your education goals.
Office hours are times set aside by professors to meet with students who may need to ask questions or get extra help.
Prerequisite is a class that must be completed before taking another class.
A class syllabus is the key to any course. This document has the course description, but more importantly lists the dates of major exams, assignments and projects.
A curriculum is the list of classes that need to be completed for a specific major or degree.
Get ready to sing your heart out! Elmira College has many traditional college songs that new students will learn during Orientation.
Try not to wear your lanyard student ID card around your neck. It is an easy way to lose it.
Take a walk to find buildings and classrooms BEFORE classes start. This will ensure a smooth first day of classes and keeps sheepish glances at the campus map to a minimum.
Leave plenty of time to get to classes and avoid being late.
Get involved on campus. Find places, activities, groups or clubs where you feel comfortable. This will help make the transition to college life easier. Learn about all the clubs and organizations during a Club Fair on September 8 at 5 p.m. around the flagpole located between Meirer Hall and Campus Center.
If you need to mail or ship something, visit the campus Post Office (near the fountain, across from the Bookstore).
The Residence Life Office is located in Student Life Suite in the Campus Center. Residence Life Coordinators are in specific residence halls and are there to help make your transition easier.
Add the number for Campus Security into your cell phone: 607-735-1777. They will help keep you safe on campus. Visit their office near Tompkins Hall if your student ID card is lost or stolen.
The Gannett Tripp Library is home to many helpful spots, including: Career Services, the Tutoring Center, computer labs, and the IT Help Desk.
The Health Center can help manage prescription medications, but also help treat colds, strains, or scrapes.
Learn the lingo and follow these simple tips and suggestions to go from new student to pro student in no time flat. However, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Fellow classmates, upperclassmen and the Residence Life team are always happy to help.
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Elmira, New York, 14901
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