Welcome Freshmen 2013-2014
Congratulations on your admission to the University of Rochester and welcome to the University community. One of the many important decisions you must make several times while at the University is where you will live. University housing is a very popular option. Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus, while two-thirds of the juniors and more than half of the seniors choose to live on campus. There are many worthwhile options to choose from during your student years, both within the Residential Life (College housing) system and beyond. This publication is designed to describe the Residential Life and Dining Services programs for first-year students in some detail.
At the University of Rochester, we house first-year students together. This unique and creative project pairs the leaders, faculty, and staff members of the College with Residential Life and Dining Services to provide a tremendous new living community. Energetic residential, academic, support, social, recreational, and resource programs are in place to support the freshman class. The skills, closeness, and lifetime friendships that you develop as a result will ease your transition into the University and Rochester community. New students who meet the New Student Priority deadline for fall 2013 (this year June 3, 2013, and December 18, 2013, for spring 2014) will have the best choice of housing types. If you miss the priority deadline, we will do everything we can to find you the best space available in as timely a manner as possible.
We encourage you to read the Residential Life materials carefully (we know you get buried with reading from all sides, but your campus home is critical to your success). They are designed to help you prepare for living at the University of Rochester. You are especially encouraged to read the Application/Contract form and the Contract Conditions text at the end of this publication. Fill out the enclosed application accurately and return it promptly so that we can serve you best. You should save this publication as a resource guide and as a reference to both your and our housing obligations. If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to visit us at the Residential Life Office in 020 Gates Hall (Susan B. Anthony Halls), call (585) 275-3166, fax (585) 276-1886, check out our Web pages (www.rochester.edu/reslife/freshmen/in-a-room.html or RocRes), or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we do not have an answer for you, we will either find it or help you find someone who does.
You are probably approaching this time with both excitement and apprehension. There is justification for both feelings. We in Residential Life believe that your living experience should be one of excitement, and we look forward to working with you to make it that way.
Good luck with preparations to attend the University of Rochester. We look forward to greeting you.
Laurel F. Contomanolis
Director of Residential Life