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First Year FAQs

The first year of college can be confusing. Here are a few frequently asked questions, and answers, that may help.

When will I receive my housing assignment?

Residence Life will email your housing assignment to you in August using your Mount email address. You will only receive a housing assignment if you fill out the housing application, and if your account is up to date with Accounting and Finance.

Can I live with my friend who is also attending the Mount?

You may request to live with a friend who is a new incoming student by including their roommate passcode(s) under the "Group" tab in the housing registration system.

How does the MOUNTCard work?

The MOUNTCard serves as your student identification, door access, meal plan, dining dollars, flex money and Mount Money. Each student is expected to carry this at all times. There are two kinds of funds stored on the MOUNTCard:
  • Flex Dollars: flex dollars are considered part of the student meal plan and can be used at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore (grocery items only), Mount Café, Patriot Hall and concession locations.
  • Mount Money: Mount Money is just like cash and can be used at the accounting office, Athletic Recreation Complex (ARC), Mount Bookstore, Coffee Cart, concession stands, copiers, media center, Mount Café, Patriot Hall, public safety, select vending machines, and in the McGowan Student Center for various student activities and the health center services. 
More information can be found at the MOUNTCard office.

What should I bring/not bring with me to college?

We've created a list to help you make those decisions on what to bring or not bring to the Mount.Get the list >

Can I bring my own computer?

Yes, you can bring your laptop or desk top computer from home and use it in your residence hall. More information on student computer use can be found at the Information Technology Support Center (ITSC).

How can I change my Mount email password?

Easily! Log into your Mount email account, click "Options" on the right hand side. Choose "Change your Password" and you will be prompted to enter your old password, then to type in your new password twice. Don't forget to click "Save" at the top.

How many classes will I take?

Your course load is the total number of "credit hours” of the courses you register for in a given semester. For example, if you register for four 3-credit courses, then you will be in class 12 hours per week, and you will have a 12 credit hour course load. Most students enrolling at the Mount take five classes (15 credit hours) in their first semester. You can see the course schedule on the Portal.

The Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum is a three-year integrated sequence of courses designed both to convey a common educational experience and to provide the intensive training in critical skills necessary for success in college and in society. All students take classes that fit into the Core Curriculum. 

First-Year classes include:

  • First-year Symposium
  • Ancient/Medieval Culture
  • Philosophy
  • World Languages
  • Foundations of Social Science (economics, education, political science, psychology, sociology)        
  • Major Courses
  • Elective Courses
*If you are a biology, chemistry, education or business major this may vary slightly.

What will my professors be like?

Each and every faculty member strives to see you do your best and reach your highest potential possible. You can bet that you will not just be a number here - your professor will get to know your name, and get to know who you are. Our staff is very approachable and is always willing to help.

What Majors and Minors are Offered at the Mount?

The Mount offers more than 70 different majors and minors. Visit the majors and minors webpage to learn more about what is offered at the Mount.

Where can I find employment at The Mount?

There are jobs available campus-wide. You can check out the jobs page in the Human Resources Office  for information about available on-campus positions or visit the Career Center to explore other career opportunities.

What is there to do in the area?

There are so many activities available to students on the Mount campus. Take a look at all of the amazing activities the Mount has to offer. While there is A LOT going on at the Mount, there may be times you want to explore the surrounding area. Check out our local attractions.