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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?
Can I live with my friend who is also attending the Mount?
What can I do if I do not get along with my roommate?
What is the cost of housing?
How does the MOUNTCard work?
What should I bring/not bring with me to college?
Can I bring my own computer?
How can I change my Mount e-mail password?
What classes should I take?
How does the Veritas Program fit in with my classes?
What kind of relationship will I have with my professors?
What majors and minors are offered at the Mount?
Where can I find a job on campus?
What is there to do in the area?


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 by the deadline and if your account is up to date with Accounting and Finance. Click here for more information on new student housing!
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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. See the new housing section of the website for more information on roommate matching.
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What can I do if I do not get along with my roommate?
It may take some time getting used to living in a residence hall room, but having a roommate is part of the fun of college. If you have any problems with your roommate, your Resident Assistant (RA) who lives in the hall will be there to assist you in the transition into your new home.
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What is the cost of housing?
Housing rates are based on the type of room you are assigned. Traditional room and board for the entire academic year is posted by the Financial Aid office under tuition and fees.
*All students residing in rooms without kitchen facilities must purchase a full meal plan. Meal Plan information is available through dining services.
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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, McGowan Center, various student activities and the health services center. 
More information can be found at the MOUNTCard office.
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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! 
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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 Center for Instructional Technology.
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How can I change my Mount e-mail 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!
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What classes should 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 Registrar's webpage.
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The Veritas Program
The Veritas Program is a four-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 Veritas Program.
First-year Veritas Program classes include:

*If you are a biology, chemistry, education or business major, it may vary slightly.

  • Being Human: The Catholic Liberal Arts Symposium

  • Mathematical Thought and Problem Solving

  • Ancient/Medieval Culture

  • Philosophy

  • Writing Intensive Course

  • Foreign Language (fall and spring semesters)

  • Foundations of Social Science (economics, education, government, psychology, sociology)        

  • Major Courses

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What kind of relationship can I expect to have with my instructors?
Each instructor is different at the Mount. Some prefer to be called “Professor” and others prefer to be called “Dr.” Once in a while, you’ll even get an instructor that wants you to call them by their first name. You can bet that you will not just be a number here -  your teacher will get to know your name, and get to know who you are. Our staff is very approachable and is always willing to help. Each and every faculty member strives to see you do your best and reach your highest potential possible.
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What Majors and Minors are Offered at the Mount?
The Mount offers over 40 different majors and minors. Visit the majors and minors webpage to learn more about what is offered at the Mount.
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Where can I find employment at The Mount?
There are jobs available campus-wide. You can email Human Resources for information about available on-campus positions or visit the Career Center to explore other career opportunities.
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What is there to do in the area?
While there is A LOT going on at the Mount campus, there may be times you want to explore the surrounding area. Check out our local attractions page to find out more.
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If you have questions that were not answered on this page, check out the Residence Life FAQ's or feel free to contact us at anytime.

 
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