Preparing for NSO



The days are flying by in the world’s greatest city and you will be here with us before we know it. To get yourself ready, here are a few things to keep in mind before you arrive to campus.

College To-Do List


1. Contacting Roommates

Contacting your future roommates is essential! You should talk to them via email or Facebook. It is important that you get to know each other before college begins to discuss who is bringing what. 

2.  Understanding Your Financial Budget

Learning to keep track of your expenses early on will help you make smart economic decisions. You will need to know how much money you can spend on certain things from your first day on campus. Make sure your finances are in order. While you are still home, you can look into opening a bank account and discuss your budget with your parents.

3.  Time Management System

Having good time management will help you in the long run! It is one of the biggest challenges for college students. Set a system that works around your class schedule and fits your needs. If needed, invest in a good planner. Teach yourself how to explore and take advantage of new opportunities!

4.  Stress Management System

College students are always stressed out about something. It’s part of the college experience! While having stress is normal, you must prepare and learn how to control the levels of stress. Focus on a sleep schedule to get the most out of recharging and rebalancing yourself. Keeping track of your nutrition is also essential as you will not have your parents around reminding you when to eat. Also, make time to exercise at the gym on campus or do a few yoga poses in your room. It can make all the difference!

5.  Balancing Your Workload

College can be overwhelming. While you are focusing on your academic and social life, do not forget to take care of yourself! How you spend your time outside of the classroom is a critical part of your college experience and, in a sense, of the education you receive. Make the most of it! Join a club or organization that explores your interests and passions. You are going to be in New York City, one of the most exciting places in the world! Take full advantage, as the city is yours!

6.  Buying & Packing

It is important to get a head start on your college shopping and packing. Take a moment to review the "Packing Essentials" page to get an idea of what you shoud/should not bring. Getting in contact with roommates will help cut down on the chance of bringing multiples of common-area items (such as TVs and microwaves). Sometimes, it's beneficial to create and follow a checklist. Keeing track of the items you want/need to buy and bring will help decrease stress while packing and moving in.

Deciding on what kind of laptop you may be purchasing is a big decision that will influence several aspects of your college academic life. Fordham offers special deals and more information can be found from the IT Department.

7.  Join Our Admitted Facebook Group

Meet your future classmates and friends earlier on by joining our Facebook group! You can also find us and your classmates there to help you answer your Fordham questions.

8.  Get the Most Out of Orientation Programs

Orientation is essential in helping you learn about the academic program, receive academic advising, and meet your fellow classmates- with whom, you will be spending the next few years. Take this opportunity to be open minded, mingle and ask your Orientation Coordinators, Captains, and Leaders questions and their perspectives. They have gone through the same anxiety you have and can relate to what you are going through. Feel free to ask questions, that is what they have been trained to do!

9.  Set Rules with Parents & Friends

If you will be residing on campus, remember to set rules with your parents before your departure. Also decide when to conduct weekly calls to debrief your family and friends about your new college life.

10.  Enjoy Your Fordham Experience

Some say college is the best years of your life! In order for that to happen, you must make informed, smart, honest choices and enjoy the experiences.


FreshmAn Checklist

Academics

   Review and reflect on the Freshman reading and viewing selections.
   Submit your registration materials.
   Make an appointment for an Academic Advising session with Joseph Desciak, Assistant Dean for Juniors and Transfers, or the Freshman Dean, Vin DeCola, S.J.
   Get credit for your AP tests.
→   If you wish to be placed in a higher-level language course, complete the online placement exam.

Finances

→  Visit www.fordham.edu/finaid to get additional and updated information.
   Check the status of your financial aid and student account by logging into my.fordham.edu.
   Review the Checklist for Completing Financial Aid Requirements. Find your Financing Your Fordham Education guide at www.fordham.edu/finaid.
→   Create and regularly review your financing plan (page 6 of the Financing Your Fordham Education guide).
→   Payyour bill.
   Schedule your Work Study interview, if applicable.

Orientation

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Contact the NSO team at orientlc@fordham.edu with any questions or concerns.

Student Services

   Submit your Housing Application if you have not already.
   Return the Medical History and Physical Examination Form.
   Contact the Office of Disability Services if you need accommodations.
→   Submit your ID photo via my.fordham.edu.


Transfer Checklist

Academics

   Get credit for your AP tests.
   If you wish to be placed in a higher-level language course, complete the online placement exam.

Finances

   Visit www.fordham.edu/finaid to get additional and updated information.
   Check the status of your financial aid and student account by logging into my.fordham.edu.
   Review the Checklist for Completing Financial Aid Requirements. Find your Financing Your Fordham Education guide at www.fordham.edu/finaid.
   Create and regularly review your financing plan.
   Pay your bill.

Orientation

  Contact the NSO team at orientlc@fordham.edu with any questions or concerns.

Student Services

  Submit your Housing Application if you have not already.
  Return the Medical History and Physical Examination Form.
  Contact the Office of Disability Services if you need accommodations.
  Submit your ID photo via my.fordham.edu.

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