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Summer Action Items


Add these items to your summer to-do list and make sure they are completed before your arrival on campus in August.

 Attend a Westminster Bound Event

We know navigating forms, assignments, finances and more can be challenging. That's why we created Westminster Bound events, which gather our experts together in one place for the sole purpose of assisting you! Meet with us to complete financial aid forms, adjust your course schedule, connect with a counselor, health center, or disability resource office, and so much more.

This year, we will hold three in-person events on June 24, July 11, and a virtual version of the event on July 18. Families typically only attend the event once.

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 Receive Your Housing Assignment

Beginning on June 27, housing information will be available on https://my.westminster.edu/

Westminster is a four-year residential campus, which means all of our students live on campus in one of our residence halls. The residential experience at Westminster is unique and comprehensive. From the Resident Assistant on the floor, to the Residence Director of the building, to the Associate Dean, there is a group of people dedicated to your success. Everyone on the team is not only well trained, but excited and committed to helping you learn and grow in our residence halls.

A small percentage of our students commute from the home of a parent or legal guardian. If you have qualified for commuter status, please be sure to attend the commuter meetings during orientation to learn how you can make meaningful connections on campus.


 Complete Your Summer Reading Assignment

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The class of 2026 is reading What the Eyes Don’t See by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. The book and a summer reading guide will be mailed to you at the end of June or, for those attending the June 25 Westminster Bound event, can be picked up in person.

Read this book! You’ll be asked to write an essay and submit it online to the D2L course environment by Monday, August 15. This summer reading book is a required text for Inquiry, our first-year student seminar course. Inquiry provides an opportunity to understand what the Westminster academic experience is all about. For complete assignment details, please check out our First-Year Program page.

 View Your Bill and Set Your Financial Plan

Your bill will be available via CASHNet through my.westminster beginning on July 1. It is important that you understand and have a plan for paying the cost of your college education. Your bill includes tuition, room, board, and fees for student activities, orientation, and certain music courses. There are other expenses associated with college, such as textbooks, supplies, parking fees, laptops and technology, travel, clothing and entertainment. Regardless of who is paying for college, you should have a reasonable budget and know how each item will be paid.

The Student Financial Services Guide, which is included in your Westminster Bound mailing, is a more detailed publication that will help you understand your bill, financial aid, and other financial policies. This guide will be updated annually and emailed to students each year. The Student Financial Services Guide includes helpful websites, contact numbers, and information on topics such as:

Financial Aid:

  • Types available and how to apply
  • Signing financial aid documents
  • Working on campus

Billing & Payment Information:

  • Explanation of charges
  • Payment Terms & Conditions
  • Viewing your electronic bill
  • Forms & methods of payment
  • Submitting a financial plan
  • Credit balance refunds
  • Financial holds
  • 1098-T tax form


 Receive Online Training About Important Issue

We’ll send a link to your Westminster email on July 15 that will give you access to an interactive alcohol education and sexual violence prevention program. This personal safety awareness education program is required of all incoming students. These topics will be reiterated during Orientation and in Westminster 101.

 Pay Your Bill on or Before July 20

Payments on your account may be made online using CASHNet on my.westminster. You can pay by electronic check, credit/debit card, and/or certain 529 plans. An installment payment plan is also available through CASHNet. A 2.75% convenience fee applies to credit and debit card transactions only. The 529 fee is approximately $10 and there is no fee for electronic check payments. You can also stop by the cashier’s windows in the Business Office on the second floor of Old Main to pay by cash, money order, or personal check.

If your plans include taking loans or using the installment payment plan, those processes must be completed before your bill is due.

 Sign Up for a Parking Pass

If you bring a vehicle to campus, you need to purchase and display a current parking decal. The cost for a parking decal for the 2022-23 academic year is $100. To obtain a decal, go to New Student Checklist on my.westminster to complete the online parking pass form and upload a photo of your vehicle registration. You will receive your decal when you arrive in August. Parking decals are not valid until they are affixed on the vehicle for which it is registered.

Parking decals can be purchased starting this summer. Information will come out providing more details.

Note: If you are an athlete or band member who is arriving on campus a week or two prior to orientation, you can obtain your parking decal when you arrive. More information will be provided from your coach or advisor.

 Upload Your Photo to Your Titan Card

The Titan Card is your campus ID card and is used for entry to your residence hall, using your meal plan, and checking out resources from the library.

But before you can get a Titan Card, you have to upload an ID photo to the Student Link Platform. Early this summer, we'll email you instructions that tell you how to do it.

Once you're on campus, you'll also use the Student Link website to see the balance on your meal plan, add commuter meals, and add Dine Dollars to your card. More information about Student Link can be found in the Financial Information Guide.

 

 Pick Your Meal Plan

We have two food service venues on campus: the TUB Food Court and Galbreath Dining. Both facilities offer healthy options, snacks, carry out, and made-to-order items. As a first-year student, you will be assigned a default meal plan that features a combination of cafeteria meals, commonly called “swipes,” and Dine Dollars. Swipes can be used at Galbreath Dining, a traditional all-you-can-eat cafeteria, and at Meal Swipe Express, a grab & go counter located in the TUB Food Court. Dine Dollars can be used at both venues. This combination gives you the opportunity to experience the different dining options on campus to help you choose the plan that suits you best. During Orientation, you will have the opportunity to change your plan if you wish.

Once the semester begins, you can keep track of your meal plan balance and add Dine Dollars via a program called Student Link.

Note: Most dietary needs can be accommodated, but you should check out our Dietary Options page or email our Office of Disability Resources for more information.

 Online Textbooks and the Campus Store

The Fall Semester 2022 book list will be available for viewing and purchase beginning July 19. The Campus Store sells textbooks online through our partner, MBS Direct/BNC. Textbooks are not sold in the physical Campus Store, with the exception of the Inquiry Reader, which is required for the first-year Inquiry course.

We work directly with our faculty to ensure that textbooks are adopted and submitted to our online textbook partner, so that there are many purchasing options available on their website. Depending on the course and textbooks required, along with availability, students can choose to purchase new or used textbooks, rent them, or purchase digital versions.

To access the store, go to www.westminster.edu/campus-store, then select Textbooks from the menu at the top of the page. You will have the option to have the books shipped to your home or shipped directly to the College for pickup. Watch for more information about free shipping options this summer.

The Campus Store is located on the first floor of McKelvey Campus Center. It offers a wide variety of apparel, decorative items, Westminster swag, gifts, supplies, snacks, and more. They also have a TG2 trailer at home football games that offers special merchandise that is not offered in the Campus Store.

 Connect With Your Roommate

Not sure how? Here are a few suggestions:

If you can, meet in person. If distance prohibits a face-to-face meeting, we recommend a video chat or phone call so you can get to know your roommate beyond their social media pages and text messages.

Talk about logistics with your roommate. It is easy to get a conversation going if you kick it off with who is bringing the TV and who is bringing the microwave.

Think about what you want out of a roommate relationship. Not all roommates are besties, and that’s okay! The best roommates are respectful and open to new experiences.

Make a list of your expectations about living with someone new. Think about what on that list is negotiable and where you can be flexible. The best roommate pairs work together to compromise and find what works for them.

Get excited! From making shopping lists to packing up the night before, it’s easy to get lost in the details. Take time to enjoy the experience, and get ready for all of the adventures ahead of you!

 Pack the Essentials

 Get Tech Savvy

We recommend these two laptops, based on their compatibility with frequently-used software applications, durability, processing speed, and size/weight.

Note: we always recommend at least a 3-year warranty. Your laptop will go through a lot during the next four years. If the unthinkable happens, you want to be able to replace it quickly and without spending a lot of money.

Dell Latitude 5421

  • 14 inch screen
  • 11th Generation Intel Corei7-11850
  • 512 GB SSD SD
  • 3-year warranty

MacBook Pro

  • 13 inch screen
  • Apple M1 chip 8-core CPU
  • 16 GB RAM | 512 GB SSD
  • 3-year Applecare Support

If you already have a laptop, we will do our best to help you with basic troubleshooting and maintenance. However, we have found that Chromebooks do not work well for many of our students because we are not a Google campus.

Computer Programs

Office 365: During your time at Westminster, you can download and use the entire Office 365 suite FOR FREE on multiple devices. Even if you are a Mac user, you’ll want to take advantage of this deal because D2L, our online course system, can’t read .pages files. For more information about this perk, contact Information Technology Services at helpdesk@westminster.edu.

Anti-Virus and Malware Protection

To protect yourself against computer viruses and phishing schemes, it is essential your computer has updated anti-virus software and malware protection. If you do not have any anti-malware or anti-virus software currently installed on your personal device/s you can go to https://home.sophos.com/employee to download the free home version of the software. In order to register, you will need to use your Westminster email, however this version is not linked to Westminster resources so you will need to use a different password when prompted to create an account.

If you have any questions, you can refer to the following resources for support:

 Getting Started Guide

 Sophos Support

 Sophos Community