Welcome to Allegheny! The Orientation and Residence Life staff members are excited to welcome you and your family to campus. We thought it would be helpful to share important details about move-in day to assist you in this transition to the Allegheny community:
Take time to prepare!
The staff has worked to prepare for the arrival of students, parents and families so things run as efficiently as possible. Please be prepared as there will likely be some waiting as we move all new first year and transfer students onto campus. We ask that you dress comfortably as the weather in Meadville is a little unpredictable — it might be hot and humid or cool and rainy. Patience and a sense of humor will be invaluable assets throughout the day! We encourage students to bring a window fan or standing fan to stay cool, as there are limited residence halls with air conditioning.
We also encourage you to discuss with your student what is most necessary to bring on move-in day. Seasonal items that are not needed for the first few weeks of the school year could be brought in or shipped sometime after move-in day when students are settled and have a better sense of available space.
All new students:
Move-in time is Saturday, August 26, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. You can arrive anytime between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm.
Please proceed directly to your assigned residence hall, and check-in at the table near the entrance to receive your room keys and Orientation information.
Please check in at the Henderson Campus Center lobby to receive your room keys, student ID and full Orientation schedule. You can then proceed to your residence hall to unload your belongings and move into your room.
Check in at the Henderson Campus Center lobby to receive your welcome packet and Orientation information.
Arriving on Campus
When you arrive at your student’s residence hall, we ask that you prepare to stop in front of your residence hall, unload the items immediately onto the sidewalk, and then relocate your vehicle to your designated parking lot. Please refer to the enclosed map for information on parking—you will need to move your vehicle to one of the green parking areas.
Typically, the incoming student goes to the move-in table to get his/her keys and to pick up an Orientation packet while family and/or friends begin to unload belongings. There will be Orientation Leaders and student volunteers available to assist you in moving your belongings to your room. Have one or more people stay with the belongings while you wait for the incoming student to return. Please be sure to have your car attended in the drop-off area to reduce delays for those waiting behind you. Your cooperation is very much appreciated!
You’ve moved in. Now What?
Once first-year students have moved into the residence hall, the next step is to go to the Henderson Campus Center lobby to pick up the AllCard (Allegheny student ID) and meet with other college and local services.
TRANSFER STUDENTS and COMMUTERS:
Once transfer and commuter students have moved in (if applicable), visit with campus and local services in the Henderson Campus Center lobby.
Meet the Residence Life Staff
Each building has Residence Life staff members who are specially selected and trained to serve as a resource for students. Resident Advisors (RAs) are full-time students assigned to work with a specific floor or area and will likely be one of the first people new students meet when they arrive. Any questions or concerns that you may have can be directed to your RA.
In addition, we have paraprofessional student and professional staff members who are helpful resources for students. We ask that students take time to get to know the staff members who work in each building.
Each student was given special attention to ensure a comfortable and supportive housing arrangement at Allegheny. Students are asked to take time during the first few weeks of school to try to become more familiar with their roommate and work to address questions and concerns. The College rarely makes room changes within the first two weeks of the semester, as we believe it is important for students to enhance their interpersonal skills and ability to manage and resolve challenging situations.
The Residence Life staff is available to assist students with addressing any questions and concerns. Always remember that we are here to help with many different options that include meeting, engaging in mediation and developing a roommate agreement.
Facilities, Physical Plant, and Housekeeping
Physical Plant and Housekeeping have prepared every residence hall room for move-in day. If your student discovers that there are items not working properly, or simply needs assistance, please encourage the student to contact a Resident Advisor or a member of the Residence Life administrative staff to address the concern. Students may also contact Physical Plant at (814) 332-5378. As always, we appreciate your patience and flexibility as Physical Plant will be responding to a higher than normal volume of requests at the beginning of the semester.
Room Condition Report
Your student will receive a Room Condition Report (RCR) from their Resident Advisor. This form is used to document the condition of the room on move-in day. It will allow us to remedy items that may be in need of attention. We will also use this form to assess the condition of the room when students move out at the end of the year. It is very important that your student communicate any questions and concerns to the staff through this process. Please remember that students are discouraged from using nails, duct tape or double-sided tape on their walls while hanging posters or other items. The College recommends poster putty as the best option for these items. In addition, students are not permitted to paint their rooms, and all furniture must remain in the room.
Questions? We can help!
Questions about the residence halls, or other housing concerns:
Office of Residence Life
General questions or any questions about New Student Orientation: