Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can you take pets to college?

Those college students interested in having a pet in college have a few options. Mostly, however, pets are not allowed in places like residence halls – or even on campus – for a variety of reasons. Your campus is likely not trying to be cruel; they simply have to worry about issues of safety and regulations about hygiene that they are required to comply with.

First and foremost, there are in fact some schools that allow pets on campus. These are the exceptions to the rule, however, and picking a school based on their pet policy may not be the best choice. Additionally, even if your school of choice doesn’t allow pets on campus, you can always rent a house with some friends or find an off-campus apartment that permits pets.

However, if you’re a student who needs an animal with you for medical reasons (such as a service dog, for example), you should contact your school right away. Letting your college know as soon as possible that you need assistance – both from them and your service animal – is definitely of high importance. They should work with you to figure out a way to support you and your service animal during your time in school.

How big are dorm rooms?

Depends; some colleges list the size of their dorm rooms on the housing page on their websites. That would be a good place to check.

Can you eat in your room?

Yes, but many schools have restrictions on what types of cooking appliances, like hot plates, you can use in your dorm room.

What does academics mean?

Academics are the classes you take in High School.  Maths, sciences, English, history, etc. are academics.

What is a transcript?

A transcript is a copy of a student’s High School academic record.  This record includes all courses taken and all grades received.  An official  High School transcript is prepared by your school counselor and sent to the admission office(s) you choose to apply for admissions.

Can you take a car to college?

You should check with the college to see if you’re able to bring your car but be prepared for limited om campus parking and parking fees. Some major state schools have a rule against freshmen having cars on campus.

Can people visit your room and stay overnight?

Every college has its own guest policy for the dorms. Generally, guests are permitted to visit under strict guidelines and hosts are responsible for the conduct of their guests.  You should check the college website for specific rules and regulations.

What time do you have to return to campus at night?

As an adult in college, you are responsible for your actions. It is a good idea to let your roommate know where you are going and when you’ll be back, so you can be found if an emergency arises.  Most colleges have a time when entrance doors to dorms automatically lock and a special code or key card is given to unlock the entrance.  Some colleges may have special rules for freshmen.  Check their website.

Do they ring a bell to tell you when to go to class?

No. Each semester you will consult with your advisor to determine your schedule of classes.  You are expected to know your schedule and go to class on time.

Do you have to pay to go to college football games if you are a student?

That depends on the college you go to. Some institutions may offer student discounted tickets.

What is a major?

A major is a concentration of courses that gives a student a basic knowledge of a field of study. A major prepares you to go on for graduate work in the same field or for particular types of professions. A chemistry major, for example, typically prepares a student to get a master’s degree in chemistry or to take a job as a chemist in a pharmaceutical or medical research company.

Majors are offered by departments within a college or university. An economics major may be housed within a college of arts and science or a college of business. The university or college will require you to take certain courses to earn a degree; those courses include classes that are required and elective classes that are outside of your chosen major. For instance, an economics major may be required to take specific statistics, history, and math courses.

Can you major in athletics?

You can’t major in a specific sport, but you can major in athletic training, sports management, and even exercise science.

What is GPA?

When you attend school, a transcript is kept – this transcript serves as a record of all of the grades you’ve achieved in your classes. Every grade has a point value:
Let’s say you’re taking four classes: math, English, science, and history, and this is what your report card looks like”
A (4 points) – math
B (3 points) – English
C (2 points) – science
B (3 points) – history
You add all your points up (4+3+2+3=12pts); next, you divide by the number of classes (which is 4) – 12/4 = 3.0. Your grade point average (GPA) would be a 3.0.

Who helps you choose your classes?

Colleges offer academic advisers – counselors or professors who help students decide what classes to take. If you are a Freshman are usually assigned an advisor during registration.  If not, seek the advice of the department chair of your chosen major.

Is there a dress code or uniform that has to be worn?

In general, colleges don’t have dress codes (unless they are strict religious schools).  Most students dress casually in t-shirts  and jeans.

Can you go home on the weekends?

You can go home at any time you choose.  Although there may be travel restrictions on Freshmen during their fall orientation period.

How long do I have to be in college?

Until you complete the required course of study to earn a degree.  Usually you have four years of college, but it is really up to you how long it takes to graduate from college.

Do all colleges have sports teams?

Yes, most all colleges have sports teams of some sort.

What type of food is served in college?

Colleges offer a variety of food choices from burgers and fries to home style to organic to sushi.  Dining options vary too.  Some colleges offer hot meals prepared on the premises, others offer food courts, some combinaiton of both.

Do you go to class every day?

It depends on the schedule you create. Normally, you will have classes every day, but not the same classes every day.

What type of activities does college offer?

There are so many things to do on campus from athletics to theater. Here is a short list of fun things to do around campus:

Intramural sports
Glee clubs
Theater groups
Greek organizations
Community groups

Who chooses your roommate?

During your freshman year, roommates are often assigned randomly by the college. After which, you can normally choose your roommate.

What happens if you and your roommate do not get along?

There is normally a “freeze” period at the start of the year because most people tend to start getting along with their roommate after living with them for a short period of time. The housing office might offer mediation as a means of mending the situation. However, if the situation really starts to get bad speak to your resident advisor.

What happens if you can’t pay all your college fees?

You should visit the Bursar’s office to discuss what is owed and the possibility of a payment plan for you or your family.  If you are receiving Financial Aid or believe you qualify for financial aid, you should go to the campus Financial Aid office.

What kinds of things are not allowed in the dorms?

Normally, the things that are not allowed are items that can cause damage such as Halogen lamps, candles, hot plates, and animals/pets.  Contact your chosen college to ask what types of appliances are allowed in the dorm.