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Director's Welcome

Hello students! On behalf of the orientation team, I'd like to wish you good luck on finals. We hope your transition to Shippensburg University has gone well thus far. For those of you who will be joining us in the summer as orientation leaders, plans are underway for our summer orientation program and applications are open for orientation leader positions. Feel free to call our office or email us if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Donna Gross, Director of New Student Orientation

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Orientation Office
Shippensburg University
210 Old Main
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299
Voice: 717-477-1164
FAX: 717-477-4007
Email: orientation@ship.edu 

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Orientation FAQ's for New Students

Does tuition need to be paid at orientation?
Can I change my major after/during orientation?
Will I be able to purchase books at Summer Orientation? 
Where do I report for Summer Orientation?
I have not taken all of my Placement Tests, should I still attend my Orientation?     
What if I am unable to attend Orientation on my college's designated day? 

FAQ's About Campus Resources

Housing & Residence Life FAQs
Police Department FAQs
Dining Services FAQs
Etter Health Center FAQs
University Bookstore FAQs
Electronic Services FAQs
Financial Aid & Student Accounts FAQs
Military Science FAQs
Career Center FAQs
Registrar FAQs
Academic Support FAQs


Does tuition need to be paid at orientation?  

The Board of Governors for the PA System of Higher Education will establish the tuition fee in July, and bills for the fall semester will be sent out during the month of July. Students will receive an email to their official SU email address in July telling them that their fall bill is ready to view and pay online. Bills will be due in mid-August. Students will not receive a paper bill in the mail, so it is important to check the SU email account.  

Can I change my major after/during orientation?   

It is not uncommon for a first year student to change their major at least once. In order to change majors before the beginning starting classes, students will need to meet with the Office of Admissions. Once the semester begins, all changes would be worked through with the student's academic advisor.

Will I be able to purchase books at Summer Orientation?  

The University Store will be open, however, not all textbooks will not be available for purchase at this time. Dates for textbooks availability will be posted on the University Store website aship.bsktr.com.  

Where do I report for Summer Orientation?  

Arrival & Registration for the 2014 Summer Orientation Program will begin at 7:30 a.m. to 8:40 a.m., and will take place at the Ceddia Union Building (CUB) in the Great Hall. For a look at a more detailed schedule, please visit www.ship.edu/orientation.   

I have not taken all of my Placement Tests, should I still attend my Orientation Session?     

Any student who has been notified by the Placement Testing Office that they must complete placement testing should do so before their Orientation visit. Testing scores are required to complete the class registration process during Orientation. Students who attend Orientation without required testing scores will sit for their placement testing that day, however, testing results will not come back in time for students to register for classes, so the student's class schedule will be created by the Registrar's Office. 

What if I am unable to attend Orientation on my college's designated day?  

In order to best accommodate students, each academic college, the office of undeclared, and transfer students have specific days for their students to attend a tailored orientation and register for fall classes.  This will allow students to easily register their classes for fall semester. If you cannot attend your designated day, please contact the office to make proper arrangements at 717-477-1164. 


FAQ's About Campus Resources


Housing & Residence Life FAQs

How does roommate matching work for room assignments? The Housing Office uses Room Sync through Facebook for students to are able to meet their future roommates. Then once students deposit, the students will go to their Housing Portal via MyShip and they are able to select their room with the friend they met on Room Sync. 

    What are the bed sizes in the residence halls? All residence hall rooms across campus are equipped with a twin XL mattress for each resident. For more information on room furnishing, please visit the the Office of Housing & Residence Life's webpage. 

    Can each student have their own microwave and refrigerator? Each room is allowed to have up to one microwave and one mini-fridge. For a traditional-style residence hall room, this would equate to one set for both students living in the room. For a suite-styled residence hall room, this would equate to one set in each bedroom as well as one set in the common area, however most suite-style residents decide to have on set placed in the common area and forego the additional sets in the individual bedrooms. 

    What residence halls are open to first-year students? Most residence halls will have first-year students residing in them. McLean Hall (traditional-style), McClean II, Seavers, Presidents, McCune, Kieffer, and Lackhove (all suite-style) will house first year students with the general population. The only halls not available to first-year students are Stone Ridge Commons (the apartment complex on campus) and Mowrey Hall (traditional-style). 

    What is the guest visitation policy for the residence halls? Students must sign in their guest with the Desk Assistant at the front desk of each residence hall on campus, except for Stone Ridge. Their guest can stay for a maximum of two nights within a seven day period. 

    For students that move onto campus early (sports, band, ASP) where do they move into? Early move-in students typically move directly into their fall residence. The only exception to this is the entire football team stays together in one residence hall, and will move into their respective residence rooms closer to the beginning of the school year. 

    How does the laundry system work? Laundry facilities are located inside each residence hall. For traditional-style halls, laundry facilities are located on the ground floor, whereas the suite-style halls have a few machines on each floor. Students can operate these machines using coins, as well as debit/credit cards (VISA, Discover, MasterCard). If you choose to use a card, there will be a $9.00 hold on the card for 72 hours to ensure that the funds are valid. 

    How are the residence halls cleaned? All common areas in traditional-style residence halls (lounges, hallways, lobbies, and bathrooms) are cleaned daily by custodial staff. Traditional-style hall residents only have to clean their residence room throughout the year. Suite-style residence rooms (bedroom, bathroom, communal space) have to be cleaned by the residents of that room. The custodial staffs in those buildings will clean the building-wide common areas (lounges, kitchens, hallways). 


    Police Department FAQs

    Where can we purchase a parking decal and how much does it cost? Parking decals become available for purchase in early August for each academic year. Parking decals cost $75.00 and are effective from August 1 - July 31. Once parking decals are available, students can go online to https://parking.ship.edu/ and follow the instructions to register their vehicles. Payment can be made online or at the time when the student picks up the physical decal. After they have registered their vehicles online, students can pick up the decals from the University Police station inside the Reed Operations Center. New incoming students can pick their decals up when they move onto campus at Orientation's designated location. 

    Are first-year students allowed to have a car on campus? Yes, first-year students are allowed to have a car on campus. There are specific parking lots for residential students to park their cars in; residential and storage lots. A parking lot map can be found here

    How do visitor parking passes work? When a parent or friend is coming to visit a student, they must go to the University Police station inside the Reed Operations Center before parking their vehicle somewhere. The visitor will be issued a visitor pass to place inside their vehicle and will be assigned a lot to park in for the duration of their visit. 

    What training does the police force receive? Since the University Police are deputized police officers by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the University Police enforce all regulations and laws -- both of the University and the Commonwealth. They also work cooperatively with the Shippensburg Borough Police Department and the Pennsylvania State Police to record incidents that may occur off campus.

    Where can I see a list of crime statistics? To be complicit of current laws and regulations, as well as to be as transparent as possible with the University community; Shippensburg University provides annual security reports, and lists several years of campus crime statistics on its website. This report can be found on the Department of Public Safety's website


    Dining Services FAQs

    How does Dining Services handle food allergies/ diabetic menus? All food in the main dining halls is sufficiently marked with specific allergy information. Additional allergy concerns can be handled by speaking with the Director of Dining Services, Nick Iula. Information regarding meal choices and nutrition can be found at www.dineoncampus.com/ship where a list of items offered for the day and their nutritional content is located.

    When do we pick a meal plan and when do we pay for the meal plan? Meal plans may be changed online through the Sunday before the start of the semester. Once the semester begins meal plan changes must be made through the Student Accounts Office. Increases to meal plans may be made at any time throughout the entire semester. Decreases in meal plans can only be made through the 2nd week of the semester. For a guide on how to pick a meal plan, please visit http://www.dineoncampus.com/ship/show.cfm?cmd=_mealPlansFAQs.

    How does flex money work? Flex money is additional money on a students ID card that can be used to pay for meals or convenience items from the Big Red Snack Shack, Starbucks, and Dunkin' Donuts. Flex is in addition to the meals already allocated on your meal plan and additional flex can be purchased by going to the student accounts office.

    How many weeks are factored into a block meal plan? A block meal plan has 15 weeks factored into it.

    What happens if I purchase a block meal plan and I need more or less meals than the block chosen as the semester comes to an end? If you are in need of more flex dollars to accommodate your needs, you can go to the student accounts office at anytime to increase the amount on money on your account. Additional meals are unable to be purchased during the semester. For future semesters, you can change your meal plan as long as it is changed the Sunday before the start of the semester.

    How do students apply for jobs with Dining Services? Student can apply for jobs with dining services by going to the following website: http://www.dineoncampus.com/ship/show.cfm?cmd=jobOpportunities.


    Etter Health Center FAQs

    Where is the health form that all students have to fill out? Health forms that need to be filled out can be found at http://www.ship.edu/Health_Center/Forms/.

    Where is the meningitis form that all residential students have to fill out? Meningitis forms and instructions can be found at http://www.ship.edu/Health_Center/Meningitis/.

    Do students need a health physical before arriving in August?

    What local hospital will students be taken to, if needed?

    How do students fill their prescriptions? The Raider Regional Transit (RRT) is a safe and convenient system of transportation for students, which has a bus stop at the Shippensburg Wal-Mart, where your student can get their prescription filled. More information on exact shuttle schedule and bus stops around the campus and local community can be found on http://www.ship.edu/rrt/. Most services, including the trip to Wal-Mart, are free to students as long as they have their student ID card with them. 


    University Bookstore FAQs

    Where and when do we go to order textbooks? As soon as you have scheduled your courses you can go and purchase the textbooks. Information on what textbooks you need to purchase for you classes can be found at http://www.bkstr.com/shippensburgstore/shop/textbooks-and-course-materials.

    What is the return policy for textbooks? If the student wishes to return a book, the SU Bookstore has a return policy in which the student can purchase return the used book within seven days for a 100% refund of purchase price. 

    What are the buyback terms and rates for textbooks? Books that are needed for the following semester are bought back at 50% of the price that they would have paid (up to a quota). After the quota is met, or it’s not being used on campus and there is a need from the wholesales, the price is the wholesale. If there is not a need, either at the store or from the stores wholesales, than the store does not buy the book back. The textbook rental program is the best way to save on textbooks if the student does not wish to keep them beyond the current semester.

    Are all textbooks available in all formats? No.  However, over 47% of the books are available for RENT for the Fall 2014 semester and more and more titles are available in a digital format. 

    What condition are used textbooks in? The SU Bookstore does not accept used books with major highlighting. When purchasing a used book, the student should expect some highlighting.


    Electronic Services FAQs

    What type of computer is recommended for SHIP students? If you are considering both a Windows PC and a Mac, check with your academic department to see if they have a recommendation. Most departments at Ship use Windows-based PCs, but several (such as Art, Communications/Journalism, etc.) also use Macintosh computers.  Ship supports the use of either Windows or Mac on campus, and will assist you with questions or issues on both operating systems.

    What software is recommended for SHIP students? It is generally recommended that you have some sort of Microsoft office package on your computer or tablet. Technology Services is pleased to offer Microsoft Office to all Ship students at no additional cost. This includes the versions for PC, Mac and mobile devices such as Office for iPad. More information on how to download this software can be found at http://www.ship.edu/Technology/Student/Office/.

    What is Microsoft Office 365 and what devices is it compatible with? Free download of Microsoft Office 2011 for Macs will be available to students with Macs come August with SHIP's new Microsoft Office 365 subscription. The subscription service simply pays for all university students to download a Microsoft Office version (including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) that is compatible with their device (Mac, PC, tablets, etc.) for free.


    Financial Aid & Student Accounts FAQs

    When and how do students pay for tuition costs? Students can pay for their tuition by logging onto the MyShip account. Fall 2014 bills will be available online approximately July 11, 2014 and will be due August 11, 2014. Spring 2015 bills will be available online the week of November 21, 2014 and will be due December 17, 2014.  

    Where do students find the FERPA form for Financial Aid? Students can sign the release form to allow students to view their financial aid and student accounts information in the Student Accounts Office. Due to the level of privacy and security dictated by federal law, students must sign this form in person at the Student Accounts Office. For hours and more information, visit http://www.ship.edu/student_accounts/

    How much is the tuition cost for this upcoming school year? Tuition information for the upcoming school year can be found at http://www.ship.edu/Student_Accounts/Tuition_and_Fees/.

    Does SHIP offer scholarships to new incoming students? Yes, scholarships are offered to first-year students on both merit and financial need. If you go to ship.edu/scholarships there is up-to-date information on scholarships for first year students. 

    Where do students fill out the Master Promissory Note for loans? Students should complete an electronic Master Promissory Note (eMPN) in order to borrow a Federal Direct Loan or a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan at www.studentloans.gov. The Federal School Code for Shippensburg University is 003326.

    How do parents use their 529 accounts toward students' educational costs? If you will be using a college savings plan to pay all or a part of your online bill, paperwork will need to be completed to request the funds from the college savings plan.  A copy of the online bill must be returned to the Student Accounts Office with a copy of the paperwork showing the amount to be received from the plan. You may take a deduction for the approved amount you will receive and pay any difference due.


    Military Science FAQs

    How do the ROTC scholarships work? If you selected, the Army ROTC Scholarship can cover 100% of your tuition and fees (including non-resident rates) plus a $1200 per year book allowance. There are also monthly allowances of $300-$500 available, as well as bonuses for foreign language studies and paid overseas summer internships. More information on specific scholarships can be found at http://www.ship.edu/ROTC/.

    Does ROTC have the same restrictions as the Army, such as if a student has dietary restrictions they are not eligible? ROTC is an Army program and follows the same regulation for medical issues (Army Regulation 40-501, Standards of Medical Fitness) as the rest of the Army. To complete the ROTC program and earn a commission a student must pass a Department of Defense physical exam before the end of their junior year, during which any ineligible dietary restrictions would be noted.

    What is the commitment after graduation? You will have options of making the Army a full-time job after graduation (with a starting salary of over $52,000 per year), or serving one weekend a month while you pursue a civilian career or further education.


    Career Center FAQs

    Can students who are not on financial aid secure jobs on campus? All students have the ability to look for on campus employment as well as apply to open positions. Employment can be found via SHIP Career Connection and each job postingidentifies if it is Federal Work Study (FWS) or Student Employment.

    Where can students find postings for on-campus jobs? Students can find postings for on campus jobs on SHIP Career Connection via the www.ship.edu/career website. For more information on how to set up an account or navigate the site, please click here.

    When can students start to apply for on-campus jobs? Shippensburg University students can begin applying to jobs when they see the positions posted via SHIP Career Connection. 


    Registrar FAQs

    When are AP credits and college transfer-credits applied and how are students notified? Information on AP and CLEP questions can be found at http://www.ship.edu/Admissions/(CLEP)_Credit___AP_Credit/. Credits are applied as soon as records are sent to the Registrars office. Information regarding transfer credits can be found at http://www.ship.edu/Admissions/Transfers/Course_Equivalencies/ and are applied to a student's record when transcripts are sent from the institution in question to Shippensburg University's Registrars office.

    Can you change your class schedule after Orientation? Online schedule adjustment for the fall semester for all students (except new freshmen) will be available through myShip at https://my.ship.edu beginning on Friday, August 1. To schedule courses which require permission, you must obtain an override from the department office beginning Friday, August 1. First semester freshmen are not permitted to adjust schedules during their first term at Shippensburg except in extenuating circumstances, and only with the approval of their academic dean’s office.


    Academic Support FAQs

    How can students receive additional academic support outside of the classroom? Students can receive additional academic support outside of the classroom by seeking out help from their professors or from tutors. The Learning Center, located in the Library right behind Starbucks, offers a variety of peer tutoring services including group content tutoring and individualized tutoring at the writing studio. Tutors are well trained and enthusiastic to help students succeed. The learning center also offers time to work with learning specialist should the student have difficulty with a study skills or organization for their class.