FAQs for Accepted Freshman Students
- When will I receive my Financial Aid Package?
- Why is May 1st so important?
- When will I receive a Registration Kit?
- How do I register for classes?
- What is Great Beginnings?
- What is a Learning Community?
- What is Freshman Seminar?
- Does St. John Fisher College accept AP/IB/GEMINI/SUPA and other College Credits?
- As a freshman, do I have to live on campus?
- Are freshman allowed to have cars on campus?
- How many students attend St. John Fisher College?
- Where do St. John Fisher College students come from?
- What is there to do at St. John Fisher College?
- Do I need to bring a computer with me?
- How is the food?
- How safe is the campus?
- How do I go about getting a work-study job?
- What other means of transportation are available if I do not have a car?
- When does school start?
First, did you apply for financial aid? If not, and you would like to, you must complete the FAFSA. Fisher's school code is 002821.
Once you submit your FAFSA, they will process your information and send you the results (Student Aid Report SAR). These results will also be sent to the colleges you indicate on your form.
We will begin preparing and mailing complete financial aid packages in late March.
May 1st is Candidates' Reply Date. Please pay your enrollment deposit no later than May 1 to secure your place in the fall class. After May 1, we may not be able to accommodate you in terms of admission, financial aid, or housing.
After April 1, if we have received your enrollment deposit, you will receive information on academic advisement, orientation, registration, and housing.
Your Registration Kit will contain all the information you need to register for classes.
Great Beginnings Summer Orientation is a half-day session you will attend in July.
This program offers you the opportunity to meet with current students, faculty, staff, and freshman advisors. You'll attend sessions that will familiarize you with academics at Fisher, the first-year program, and other aspects of college life (clubs/activities, living on campus, athletics, scholar programs, etc). There are plenty of opportunities to have questions answered and to meet with other new students.
Your Learning Community consists of two courses linked by a common theme and will emphasize writing, discussion, research, and group work skills. In addition, you'll be housed in your residence hall with other students in your same Learning Community so you'll be sure to make many friends right from the start.
The First-Year Program page has more information about Learning Communities.
Freshman Seminar is a one-credit course, taken in the fall semester, that serves as an orientation to college life and a support system as you transition from high school to college.
Topics covered include wellness; participation and leadership in student clubs; engagement with community and diversity; goal setting, study skills, time management and stress management; and the ins-and-outs of life at St. John Fisher College.
The First-Year Program page has more information about Freshman Seminar.
Yes. Visit our academic credit page to learn more about bringing in college credits from high school.
As a freshman, you will not be permitted to have a car on campus, unless there are extenuating circumstances that are approved by the Parking Appeals Committee. Our priority in awarding parking spots is for commuters and resident students who have internships, student teaching placements, or other off-campus commitments that are related to their educational program. Typically, these resident students are in their junior or senior year at Fisher.
There are currently 2,700 full-time undergraduate students; 60% are female and 40% are male. Fisher prides itself on being a close-knit community which offers small class sizes and personal attention.
National surveys state that most students enroll at a college within one to three hours from home, and St. John Fisher College students follow the national trend. 90% of Fisher students are from New York State. Other states represented are Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Vermont.
There is always something to do at Fisher. There are over 70 campus clubs and organizations, including student government, music groups, language clubs, cultural organizations, student publications, and intramural sports. Many academic departments also sponsor clubs.
No. You do not need to bring a computer to campus, although many students do choose to bring their own. Fisher has a 24-hour computer lab that you can access with your ID card at any time. Also, computers can be found in other areas outside of the lab, such as Lavery Library and Cyber Café.
The food is great! The dining hall, run by Lackmann Culinary Services, offers a wide variety of food including items from the wokery, salad and fresh fruit bar, deli counter, grill, pasta bar, brick oven pizza, vegetarian section, and much, much more.
Fisher is a very safe campus. The Safety and Security Department is responsible for campus safety and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Safety and Security Officers conduct regular foot, bicycle, and auto patrols of all campus buildings, grounds, and parking areas. Access to the residence halls is controlled either by locked entrance doors or the card access system. Residence halls are patrolled and monitored 24 hours a day by Security Officers or Resident Advisors. All other campus facilities are locked and unlocked daily according to established schedules. The Safety and Security Department offers a campus escort service for on-campus use by all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The service operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The work-study job listing is available online through the Career Center and is posted at various locations around campus. It is up to you to contact the campus offices that advertise available positions. This typically happens when you arrive on campus in the fall.
Regional Transit System (RTS) buses run daily through campus and can take you to locations throughout Rochester. A campus shuttle also operates on Monday nights and Friday nights to the Pittsford Plaza, and Saturday during the day to Eastview Mall.
New Student Orientation for all new students and Move-In Day for residents is Saturday, August 30, 2014. Classes begin on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.