- Where do I find information about the application process?
- What should I pack?
- Should I bring my own laptop or tablet?
- How’s cell reception on campus?
- Where can I buy toothpaste, shampoo, sunscreen, etc.?
- Will I have a roommate?
- Should I bring my own linens?
- What happens on Opening Day?
- What if I lose my key or Student ID (One Card)?
- How can I do my laundry?
- Can I receive mail?
- What should I bring?
- Do the dormitories have internet service?
- How can I receive phone calls?
Students should pack enough clothing for two or three weeks, depending on the length of their program. Laundry service — operated with coins or the with the Hotchkiss One Card — is available in each dorm building. In the classroom and for most meals, informal but clean dress is appropriate. Athletic clothing, tank tops, and gym or running shoes are inappropriate, except during afternoon activities or class work in the field. Shorts, slacks, tennis shirts, polo shirts, and sandals are appropriate at any time. Some clothing suitable for concerts, trips, religious services, and other more formal occasions may be needed. All students should bring swimming and athletic gear including athletic shoes. In terms of furniture, each dorm room is supplied with a bed, mattress, bureau, armchair, desk, desk chair, phone, and a lamp, plus closet space for clothing.
- dress shirts
- dress shoes
- polo shirts
- rain jacket
- alarm clock
- water bottle
- laundry detergent
- phone card
- photos of family and friends, posters, and other items for decorating dorm rooms
- school supplies
- linens, pillow, bedding, and towels
*Environmental Science students will wear long pants and socks in the woods and on hikes.
**Piano Performers: men are expected to perform in coat and tie (dress shirt) while women should plan to appear in dressy (summery) attire: mid-length – on or below the knees – or long dresses (not formal gowns). Please be sure to bring appropriate dress shoes.
All basic toiletries can be purchased at the campus store, located on the lower level of Main Building. Students can also go on weekend outings to nearby Salisbury and Millerton, where they can purchase these items and more. Students who require specialized products or prescriptions should make sure they bring enough for the duration of their program.
A list with suggestions can be found in our student handbook.
Environmental Science students should come prepared to jump right into the woods and consider adding the following items to their list. Environmental Science students will wear long pants and socks in the woods and on hikes. They will also need either hiking boots or comfortable walking shoes. The hiking shoes must enclose and protect the whole foot and will need to be worn with long socks. Please bring more than one pair of long pants, pale in color. Clothes should be loose and cool as some days are humid. Tops should have long sleeves and be pale in color. Please bring a rain shell/jacket that can be rolled in their pack and carried every day. Please include a sun hat and good sun block. We provide insect repellent.
2017 Important Dates will be available soon.