Frequently Asked Questions for Attending Residency

When is the Residency Conference?

Monday, June 20, to Friday, June 24, 2022.

Am I responsible for travel arrangements to and from the Norwich campus?

Yes, students are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the Norwich campus and all off campus accommodation arrangements.

What am I expected to do during the Residency Conference?

You are required to participate in the Residency Conference activities on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Residency Conference offers both program-specific and broad topics encouraging student engagement across disciplines. 

When may I choose the sessions I want to attend?

In February, the full registration will be available, at which time you may select individual conference sessions, reserve your on-campus housing, register your guests, and view the detailed agenda for the Residency Conference.

What is the schedule for the week?

The Residency Conference begins Monday evening and ends Friday noon/early afternoon. You may arrive on campus any time between 11:00AM and 11:00PM on Monday, though we strongly encourage you to arrive by 6:00PM to have dinner with your program. The week kicks off Monday evening with a formal welcome from the Dean and social and networking time in your programs. Tuesday through Friday, you will spend your time in conference sessions, program activities, and ceremonial events such as your program's Academic Recognition Ceremony and graduation. Friday's graduation ceremony will end by noon with lunch, and check-out from the campus must be completed no later than 2:00PM.

Are students required to pay for on-campus housing?

There is no charge for student on-campus housing for master's degree students.

Are students required to pay for on-campus meals?

There is no charge for student on-campus meals, regardless of the housing accommodations you choose. If your family members stay off campus, they will pay at the dining hall door for each meal. 

If I stay on campus, will I be expected to share my room with another student?

No, all students choosing to stay on campus will be assigned to a private room.

How do I let you know about special accommodations I will need on campus?

During the registration process, you will have opportunity to let us know about special accommodation, accessibility requirements, dietary restrictions, and other needs.

May I bring my family?

Yes, we welcome family members to join you for the Residency Conference. Social activities and ceremonies may be of interest to your family members, so be sure to share your schedule with them. Due to space limitations, academic sessions are closed to family members.

May my family stay with me on campus?

No, unfortunately we are unable to accommodate family members in campus housing.

When should I arrive on the campus?

You are free to arrive on Monday any time between 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. though we strongly encourage you to be on campus by 6:00 p.m. so you will not miss dinner with your program. To accommodate late arrivals, our staff will be available until 11:00 p.m. for late check in. If you must arrive after 11:00 p.m. Monday, but before 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, your arrival will be accommodated by our campus security staff. Please call ahead if you are not able to arrive by 11:00 p.m. (call 866-NU-GRADS before 11:00 p.m. or 802-485-2525 after 11:00 p.m. on Monday).

If I arrive on Sunday, may I check in early and stay on campus?

No, unfortunately, due to scheduling and staffing limitations, we are unable to accommodate early arrivals.

Does the campus provide hotel-type amenities?

Although we will supply bed linens, pillow, two towels, and one wash cloth, you will need to bring most of the items you might typically find in a hotel. You must provide all toiletries, hairdryers, travel iron, clothes hangers, shower shoes, alarm clock, safety pins, and sewing kit.

If I am staying off campus, do I still need to check in on Monday?

Yes, this is the only way we can verify your arrival. In addition, you will not want to miss the activities planned for Monday evening, the opportunity to pick up your schedule and meal card for the week, and get to know your program staff prior to the Tuesday morning sessions.

What is the campus like?

The beautiful Norwich campus is nestled in the Green Mountains of Vermont so be ready for hilly terrain and stairs. Bring your walking shoes! We will also have golf-cart transportation available to provide access around the campus.

What is the weather typically like in Vermont during the month of June?

Vermont weather can be very unpredictable so you should check the forecast prior to your departure from home. To be prepared, you may want to bring an umbrella, a rain coat or jacket, and a sweater for chilly evenings.

What should I wear to the Residency Conference?

Attire is business casual for most events during the week. All ceremonial events require business dress. If you plan to participate in any recreational activities, especially the Dog River run, you will want to have suitable athletic shoes and clothes with you. Our workout facilities, swimming pool, and outdoor recreation center are all available for you and your family to use throughout the week.

Do I need to do anything to be ready for graduation?

There are three things you must do in order to be ready for graduation: (1) you must meet the academic requirements; (2) you must meet the financial requirements; (3) you must purchase, and bring with you, your cap, gown, and hood.

What do I need to know about ordering a cap and gown for graduation?

All information about ordering your cap and gown is available through Jostens who will send your academic regalia to you prior to your travel to Vermont. The cost for your entire master’s package (cap, gown, hood, and tassel) will be $46.85 plus shipping, handling, and sales tax, where applicable. 

Do I need tickets for graduation?

No, you do not need tickets for your family members to attend the graduation ceremony. There is no limit so bring as many guests as you desire.

Where can I learn about COVID-19 requirements or restrictions on campus?

Find up to date information regarding campus requirements at www.norwich.edu/news/psa.

Who should I contact with my Residency Conference questions?

Please read through the FAQs before you call. We have compiled this information based on the questions our students have asked over the years. It is very likely that the information you need is here. If you do not find what you are looking for, call our student help line at 866-NU-GRADS (1-866-684-7237), Option 6, and one of our staff will be happy to assist you.