Frequently Asked Questions

Is Orientation mandatory?

You are strongly encouraged to take part in all Orientation activities. You are a college student now, and you'll quickly find that what you get out of college is in direct correlation with what you put in to the experience. You won't have to live by "the bell" or answer to roll call anymore. Attendance isn't taken at Orientation. However, you've chosen a small school with an intimate community and so you can be assured that if you miss a meeting with your Greeter, he or she will notice and will check in to make sure you're OK. The Orientation schedule is carefully laid out to maximize your first few days here socially, emotionally, and academically. We know it's a busy, stressful time and you may feel tired and overwhelmed. There will be plenty of time (more than you can imagine!) for you to arrange your room and just "hang out" once classes begin.

If you have a family wedding, 4-H exhibit at the State Fair, or something else which means you must arrive late to campus or miss a day of Orientation, you should e-mail Andrea Junso at ajunso@gustavus.edu so we know of your planned absence.

I am a fall athlete and will already be on campus early. Do I still need to attend Orientation?
You will form a wonderful bond with your teammates as you go through pre-school practices and (sometimes) games. However, this bond will be with a limited number of people, most often of the same gender as you. We highly encourage you to attend as much of Orientation as your athletic schedule allows, because it will offer opportunities for you to interact with your many classmates who are not your teammates. You will learn about educational initiatives and services provided which are covered exclusively during Orientation. Once classes begin the majority of your time will be spent away from your team, and getting to know others during Orientation and learning about campus resources will assist your overall transition to Gustavus.
Will there be anyone to help my family and me with moving in all of my stuff?
Each fall a group of students (usually the football team) wakes up bright and early to offer their lifting and hauling services to families desiring the help. This is a team fundraiser and tips are appreciated!
When will my parents leave?
For good or bad, parents are asked to depart around 5 p.m. on move in day! Many families accompany their student to Convocation in Christ Chapel at 3:00.
How do I find out my phone number (or ID card, student employment information, etc.)?

You need to check in at two places on move in day. One is your residence hall, to receive your keys. The other is at the Information Desk in the Jackson Campus Center. There you will receive a packet of information that includes your phone number and voice mail password, Orientation group assignment and complete Orientation schedule, faculty advisor assignment, student employment information, and your Gustavus ID if you have not already obtained it. The Information Desk is a great place to stop back throughout Orientation with any questions you may have.

For more information about your campus phone, see the Telecommunications fact sheet.

What is my mailing address?
You are a person and not a number here at Gustavus. The only address necessary for delivery is:
Your Name
Gustavus Adolphus College
800 West College Ave.
St. Peter, MN 56082
When will I receive my e-mail address and password?
You should have already received information about your e-mail address in the mail, along with instructions for activating your account. If you're having any problems activating your account, or don't know your email username or password, please contact the Technology Helpline at (507)-933-6111 or helpline@gac.edu
How will I get hooked up to the internet?

You will need a network (Ethernet) card and a corresponding cord, which are are standard components in most newer computers. Ethernet cables will be supplied by Technology Services to all First Year Students this fall. When you plug the cord into your wall jack, and attempt to open a page in a browser, you will be directed to the registration page that will guide you through the rest of the process.

 

Do I have to read A Pearl in the Storm?
You won't be tested on it! However, reading the book will allow you to take part in discussions with fellow students and faculty members during Orientation and beyond. This is good practice for college style coursework. You'll explore and share about themes related to the book including transition, new environments, family, and diversity. By reading the book, you'll have something in common with the members of your class before any of you even step foot on campus. For more information about the Reading in Common program, click here.
How do we get cable hooked up?

Mediacom, our cable service provider, will have a table in the Campus Center during the days of Orientation where you can sign up for service and make arrangements for installation. For further information regarding Residential Life, please visit http://gustavus.edu/reslife.

Gustavus Technology Services also provides a free, on-campus service called GusTV. GusTV is a pilot project IPTV (Internet Protocol TV) system that gives students on campus the ability to watch local broadcast television stations (e.g. ABC, NBC, FOX, TPT2, etc) on their computer or any lab computer. It also provides a location for finding and accessing video streams that are available from other Internet2 institutions. For more information, please go to GusTV(on-campus access only).

Do I need a parking permit if I have a car on campus?

A parking permit is required for students to park on campus. Online registration is available from June 23rd through August 45th. Visit the Campus Safety website to complete the application process. Permit decals will be found in your campus mailbox upon arrival on Move-In Day. Student parking permits (for any red permit parking space on campus) are $250 and are valid for the entire school year. Visitor parking is closed to students and staff at all times and during the school year, a visitor permit is required for any overnight guests. Visit the Campus Safety office (Norelius Hall, basement "A" wing) or call 507-933-8888 with any parking related questions.