Planning Your Check-In
The Countdown to August Move-In is On!
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.
Plan on arriving at your reserved check-in time according to your building assignment.
As you enter campus, follow the directional signs to your specific unloading parking lot. Campus Police and College volunteers will be directing traffic and directing you to check-in and where to unload.
STOP, DROP, PARK: A College staff member will direct your vehicle into a “TEMPORARY” unloading zone. Remember to print out your unloading permit ahead of time and display it on your dashboard once you get to campus. As soon as your vehicle is unloaded (15 - 20 minute unloading time) it must be moved out of the unloading zone. All cars must be moved to the West 1 or West 2 parking lots once your car is unloaded.
Typically the incoming resident goes to the check-in table to sign for her/his keys and to complete the check-in process while family and/or friends begin to unload personal belongings. After you unload your car, you will be directed to a longer term parking area. You may then return to your room to unpack your belongings and attend the Welcome BBQ. As a reminder, please remember to review our Panther Pass Check-In Criteria to have a smooth check-in.
Tip 1: Never leave personal belongings unattended, whether it is on the sidewalk, in an unlocked car, or in a lobby. The College does not accept responsibility for lost, damaged, or stolen items.
Tip 2: Be sure to comply with posted parking regulations around campus.
- Proceed to the designated “check-in” table, with a photo ID readily available and a PRINT OUT of your Panther Pass Bar Code.
- Complete all registration forms and receive your room key(s).
- Proceed to your room.
It may only take 15-20 minutes to sign-in and collect your room keys, but the number of residents checking-in, plus family members, plus all of their personal belongings, adds up to guaranteed lines.
Reminder: Big Haus, Farside and Crossroads DO NOT have elevators. Please be prepared to carry your items up at least three flights of stairs to your room.
Tip: Bring your own wheels. Each building has only about a dozen carts that can be borrowed to move items into the building. Do not rely on the availability of a cart. Many residents bring their own hand-trucks, trolleys, or luggage carriers. You will be thankful you did!
Reminder: Packages delivered before you arrive cannot be accepted and will be returned to sender.
As reminder, please review our Packing Guide to assist you with what to bring and what not to bring with you to on campus housing.
Freshmen move in day is Thursday, August 22, 2019. Please refer to the directions sent to your email regarding specific arrival time for your building.
Returning residents move in day is Saturday (August 24) and Sunday ( August 25) from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please go directly to your assigned building to check in with the RA staff. Please reference which date your building is scheduled to check-in on the previous opening information page.
Detailed move in directions will be emailed to all residents in August.