Settling Into Your New Home

Welcome to Your New Home!

Check our list of important upcoming dates for this year’s move-in day. Students may not arrive before this date. It is important for all new students to start together and receive the same orientation.

Please report to campus between the hours of 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM where you will check in for orientation and receive keys to your room. To learn more about orientation, please visit the First Year Experience Orientation website.

Getting Settled

Please be sure to thoroughly read through the “Living on Campus” handbook to become familiar with Residence Life policies and learn the ins and outs of becoming a member of the Oglethorpe University campus community.

The on-campus bookstore will be open on move-in day. Several stores such as Costco, Target, Wal-Mart, Publix, Kroger, Home Depot, Lowes, etc. are just a few minutes away from campus if you need something at the last minute. There is an ATM located conveniently in the Starbucks/Game Room area of the Turner Lynch Campus Center.

Each residential student is assigned a mailbox in the garden level of Lupton Hall (complete address is included on your assignment letter). You will get your combination during orientation. For more information on student mail services, you can contact Mail & Telecommunications services at (404) 261-1441.

Oglethorpe’s wireless network is available throughout the residence halls and student-owned wireless routers are not allowed. For additional information on internet access, visit IT Services.

There is no curfew or sign out sheet for students who live on campus. Students are free to come and go as they please. Off-campus guests are asked to sign-in with their Resident Assistant so they know who is in the building in the case of an emergency.

Drug & Alcohol Policy

On-campus residents are expected to comply with the alcohol and drug policy of Oglethorpe University stated in the Oglethorpe University Bulletin. If you are 21, you may drink in the privacy of your own room with the door closed. IF ALL MEMBERS OF A ROOM OR SUITE ARE UNDER THE LEGAL DRINKING AGE, NO ALCOHOL MAY BE PRESENT IN THAT ROOM AT ANYTIME. Open containers are not permitted at anytime on campus property. This includes hallways, lounges, courtyards, patios, etc. Oglethorpe does not tolerate any drug activity and will take decisive action against any student caught using or possessing illegal drugs. Do not let one bad decision cost you your entire college education.

Meal Plans

Oglethorpe Dining strives to serve a variety of nutritional and tasty foods. Students have several main entree selections during each meal, a variety of sandwich selections, grilled burgers and dogs, a salad bar, pasta bar and a few desserts. Daily menus with full nutrition information are available online.

All students living on campus must be on the meal plan. Full participation is important to community development, as well as fiscal operations.

Students living in residence halls and Greek Row single rooms receive an unlimited meal plan. Residents may enter the dining hall as many times as they would like whenever the dining hall is open. Residents of Greek Row who reside in a double room receive ten entries per week.

The meal plan is only available when class is in session. Meals are not provided or on limited hours during school breaks and holidays. In most cases, lunch will be the last meal served on the day before a break is scheduled to begin. Brunch will be the first meal served after a scheduled break. Please pay attention to information concerning meals during breaks that is sent throughout the year.

The meal plan is included in your room and board fees so your meal plan is automatically activated when you arrive on campus. The Petrel Pass ID card is used to access meals. For additional information about the meal plans and other food-related questions please contact Oglethorpe Dining at (404) 504-1411 or Enrollment Services at (404) 364-8302.

Commuters may purchase meals in blocks of 25 for $155. Students who are interested in this plan should go to the Hub for Enrollment Services in Lupton Hall to make payment arrangements and then bring their receipt to the dining staff for activation. This plan is only available to residents of Greek Row and commuters.