In addition to the information provided below, Freshmen residents, please also refer to the Move In Letter instructions to prepare for your arrival to campus!

Students may not move into their residence hall prior to each semester’s official Opening Day.

Office of Community Engagement staff will be available to greet students and provide them with important check-in materials including keys, room inventory reports, area attractions, along with residence hall policies, procedures and amenities.


Plan to arrive during your reserved check-in time according to your building assignment.  Please make sure to print your unloading parking permit (for freshmen residents on August 22)  and panther pass bar code prior to arriving to campus

Check the weather and traffic forecasts for Purchase, NY (Westchester County), and plan accordingly.

Dress comfortably. You will be on your feet for most of the day, doing a lot of walking, and waiting in lines.

Prepare for a long day. It may be hot and humid, or cool and raining. Either way it is likely that hundreds of residents and family members will be waiting in lines to check-in while unloading cars and making trips into the buildings.  Patience and a sense of humor will be invaluable assets to carry with you throughout the day.

Predetermine what is really necessary to bring on check-in day. Seasonal items that are not needed for the first few weeks of the school year could be brought in sometime after check-in day when there are no lines. You can also ship these items to your building so they arrive after you check-in. Please note that packages delivered before you arrive cannot be accepted and will be returned to sender.