When Your Student Returns in August/September 2017

June 2017

Now that ​your students have wrapped up another Williams year, we want to share essential information with you about their return to campus this coming fall. Please refer to this message when ​arranging travel back to Williamstown, as it will help your student avoid ​spending any time here without food or shelter!

Access to Campus Housing
Students not involved in one of the early arrival activities below do not need to return to campus until classes begin on Thursday, September 7.

They may move into campus housing as early as Wednesday, August 30 @ 2pm​–giving them several days before classes start for travel, as well as some extra time to settle into their rooms if they choose to do so.

So, to be clear: unless your student’s involved in the various pre-semester activities listed farther below, they won’t have access to campus housing until after 2:00 pm on Wednesday, August 30. If your student arrives before their day ​and ​time to move in, they need to make their own accommodations elsewhere off-campus.

Access to Meals in Campus Dining Halls
Again, students not involved in one of the early arrival activities below do not need to return to campus until classes begin on Thursday, September 7. Meals are covered by dining plans beginning with dinner on Wednesday, September 6. Meals won’t be covered by dining plans for students who return before Sept. 6 (unless they’re required to return because they’re involved in the early arrival activities below). They’re welcome to eat in the dining halls using their student ID card, but each meal will be charged to their student account.

More details are available here. Meanwhile, many thanks in advance for working with your student on a smooth Williams re-entry after what we hope will be a terrific summer.

Best wishes,

Rob White
Director of Parent and Family Programs
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2017 Early Arrival Check-In Schedule
All Check-ins are at the Office of Student Life, Paresky 2nd floor, unless otherwise noted below. All times listed are Eastern time.

August 19
Summer Students depart by 12noon (approved summer-to-fall Transitional students remain in summer housing)

August 21
Check-In for JAs, JAAB, 1st Gen Orientation leaders, International Orientation leaders, Transitional students from 5pm – 11pm

August 22
Check-In for Neighborhood Directors from 2pm – 5pm

August 23
Check-In for House Coordinators & Neighborhood Reps from 2pm – 5pm

August 24
Check-In for OIT leaders from 2pm – 5pm

August 25
Check-In for 1st Gen and International Students in the Class of 2021 from 8am – 8pm

August 26
Check-In for WOOLF Directors from 8am – 9am
Check-In for WOOLF leaders, Ephventure leaders, and Football players (first-year and upperclass) from 2pm – 9pm

August 28
Check-In for the Class of 2021 and College Council Co-Presidents @ Paresky First Floor from 8am – 1:30pm

August 29
Check-In for upperclass Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, and Volleyball players from 8am – 7:30pm

2017 Regular Check-In Schedule
All Check-ins are at the Office of Student Life, Paresky 2nd floor. All times listed are Eastern time.

August 30
Check-In for returning students from 2pm – 7:30pm

August 31 – September 6
Check-In for returning students from 9am – 7:30pm