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FAQ

Q: What items do students need to bring with them to campus?
A: Each room is furnished with beds, dressers, desks, desk chairs, bookshelves, and trash cans.  Here is a form which will give you an idea of items you need to bring to campus. Click here.

Q: Can I bring my guinea pig with me to campus?
A: Unfortunately no, the only pets allowed on campus are fish.  For more information on what you can and can’t bring with you to campus, visit the Office of Residence Life.

Q: What are Pirate Buc$?
A: Pirate Buc$ is a discretionary spending program.  Under the program, anyone with a University ID card (Pirate Card) is able to purchase goods and services at participating stores.  Pirate Buc$ can be used for laundry on campus, at the Cove, or even off campus.  Some local business including Taco Cabana, Which Which, Chipotle, Cianfrani’s, and Mel’s Lone Star Lanes accept Pirate Buc$.  For a complete list of local businesses that accept Pirate Buc$ and more information visit the Pirate Card website.

Q: Is there wireless internet on campus?
A: Indeed there is!  We have a secure network so laptops and wireless devices need to be specially configured.  In the Residence Halls, wireless service is provided by Apogee and must be configured separately.  For more information visit ITS.

Q: How do I get involved in a student organization on campus?
A: You will get the chance to meet members of various student organizations at the Organization Fair during the second week of classes on the Academic Mall.  For a list of current student organizations, click here.

Q: What do I do if I get sick on campus?
A: Health Services provides comprehensive and confidential health care for all enrolled students.  The SU nurses are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for walk-ins.  Two physicians and two physician assistants are available weekly by appointment.  For more information visit Health Services.

Q: Where can I find the hours for the Library?
A: These hours are posted on the Library’s website.

Q: What time are meals served?
A: During the academic year the hours are:
Monday-Friday
Breakfast: 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Dinner: 5 - 8 p.m. (Friday dinner- 5 - 7:30 p.m.)

Saturday & Sunday
Brunch: 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Dinner: 5 - 7:30 p.m.

Q: Where on campus can I grab a late night burger and soda?
A: The Cove is a great place for you to stop in and grab a ready-made salad, parfait, fruit cup, or delicious sandwich. Not hungry? Then just stop by and grab a quick bottle of soda or a cup of tea. They are open Monday-Friday 9 - 1 a.m., and Saturday & Sunday 7 p.m. - 1 a.m.  For those who take their coffee seriously, there’s the Korouva Milkbar, a student-run coffehouse located in Field House.

Q: What do I need to have done before I get to campus?
A: You can refer to the Summer Checklist on the Orientation website for more information on what you need to have completed before arriving on campus.

Q: How do I find my way around campus?
A: Check out the campus map.

Q: If I don’t have a printer, are there places on campus where I can print?
A: There are 2 computer labs on campus equipped with Macs, PCs, and high speed laser printers.  For more information and locations, visit the ITS website.

Q: What is the Cross Cultural Center?
A: The Cross-Cultural Center is an open space for students to explore issues of diversity and social
justice, as well as connect with student leaders and initiatives. The Center, located on the 2nd floor of the Prothro Center, serves as a gathering place for students and provides diversity resources for the campus community.  For more information, visit the Office of Diversity Education.

Q: Does Southwestern University have an Honor Code?
A: Yes, we do have an Honor Code.  You will learn more about it during your first few weeks on campus, but you can check out the Honor Code website for more information.

Q: Are services held in the University Chapel?
A: Under the leadership of the University Chaplain, weekly chapel services in the Christian tradition are held in the Lois Perkins Chapel each Thursday during the regular semester at 11:30am (prelude begins at 11:25am). Check out the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life for more information on chapel or their other programs.