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Can freshmen have cars on campus?
How are students matched up as roommates?
What is there to do on weekends?
Is there a Greek scene at Hartwick?
What is dorm life like?
What's the average amount of time students study each week?
How is the food in the dining hall?
How is security on campus?
How long will I be able to live on campus?
How many people stay for weekends?
How are the winters at Hartwick?
What sorts of health services are there at Hartwick?

Q: Can freshmen have cars on campus?
A:
Yes, freshmen can have cars on campus, and you can park in the Miller Lot or Upper Binder Lot. More about cars on campus...

Q: How are students matched up as roommates?
A:
Students fill out an online questionnaire answering a variety of questions. The Residential Life staff then pairs students based on the answers, to help provide a successful living environment.

Q: What is there to do on the weekends?
A:
Lots! There are athletic events, bands, and comedians on campus, social events hosted by various clubs and campus groups, movie theatres in town, and different events in the downtown area. There are 1400 students to get to know--so there is always plenty to do! More about events on the campus calendar...

Q: Is there a Greek scene at Hartwick?
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There are two fraternities and three sororities here, and about twelve percent of our students are involved in Greek Life. Fraternity and sorority members are typically involved in a wide range of other campus and community activities in addition to their organization's events. The Greek system is dedicated to the key principles of service, academic success, fostering social involvement, encouraging leadership development, and building positive relationships. More about Greek Life at Hartwick...

Q: What is dorm life like?
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Dorm life is a major part of the college experience, especially during your first year. There is always something to do: go to movies, create a social event, or hang out with friends. More about residential life at Hartwick...

Q: What is the average amount of time students study per week?
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This depends on your area of study. Departments focus their work in different areas--the Arts has studio work, Management focuses on group work, and English relies on papers and readings, which is more individualized. Our college advisors suggest an average of four to six hours per week for each class, but keep in mind that this can vary with each student and each course.

Q: How is the food in the dining hall?
A:
It's good! We have a great variety, served by ARAMARK Food Services in our main cafeteria, the Commons, and Table Rock, which is our café. More about campus food services...)

Q: How is security on campus?
A:
Hartwick has a campus safety staff of 9 officers and are all fully trained and certified as required by New York State law. The campus safety staff conducts both foot and mobile patrols of the entire campus year-round, 24 hours a day. More about campus safety...)

Q: How long will I be able to live on campus?
A:
Hartwick has guaranteed housing all four years. Students are required to live on campus through their junior year. Many seniors choose to live on campus in the Townhouses or Leitzell (a residence hall of suites). Some students also choose to live in the cabins at Pine Lake.

Q: How many people stay for weekends?
A:
The majority of students stay on campus, although some go home every now and then. We aren't a "suitcase school"–many of the students who leave campus on weekends are participating in athletic events or other school-related activities.

Q: How are the winters at Hartwick?
A:
Many of our outdoor stairways are heated, so even in the middle of a storm the stairways will be in decent condition. The maintenance staff is out at all hours shoveling, plowing, and salting the campus, which is usually cleared before the streets of Oneonta.

Q: What sorts of health services are there at Hartwick?
A:
The Perrella Wellness Center is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday while the College is in session. Doctor, physician assistant visits are available by appointment. When the Wellness Center is closed, care is available at Fox Now, 607-431-5052, or Fox Hospital Emergency Department, 431-5000. In case of a life-threatening emergency dial 911 for assistance. More about health services...)

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