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FAQs for Accepted Freshmen

We know you have lots of questions now that you are an accepted student. Let us answer them!

When will I receive my financial aid package?

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 mid-February.

Why is May 1st so important?

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. Pay your deposit online now.

When will I receive registration information?

Once we receive your enrollment deposit, you will receive information regarding the Freshman Enrollment Guide in the mail, as early as March 1. This guide will provide information on academic advisement, orientation, registration, housing, and more.

How do I register for classes?

For your first semester at the College, advisors from the Center for Career and Academic Planning will complete the course registration process for you. They will utilize your completed Enrollment Profile (a very important piece of your Freshman Enrollment Guide), your intended major, the required courses of the College, and any transfer credits you will bring into Fisher to create your first semester schedule.

Once you are enrolled at Fisher, you will spend time during your Freshman Seminar course learning about the registration process and setting up your course plan for future semesters.

What is Great Beginnings?

Great Beginnings Summer Orientation is a half-day session you will attend in June.

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.

What is a Learning Community?

Your Learning Community consists of two courses linked by a common theme and will emphasize writing, discussion, research, and group work skills.

The First-Year Program page has more information about Learning Communities.

What is Freshman Seminar?

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. In addition, you'll be housed in your residence hall with other students in your same Freshman Seminar so you'll be sure to make many friends right from the start.

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.

Does Fisher accept AP/IB/GEMINI/SUPA and other College Credits?

Yes. Visit our AP, IB, and CLEP Scores page to learn more about bringing in college credits from high school.

As a freshman, do I have to live on campus?

No. However, about 90% of freshmen do decide to live on campus and are housed in three of the eight residence halls on campus (Ward, Haffey, and Murphy).

Are freshman allowed to have cars on campus?

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.

How many students attend St. John Fisher College?

There are currently 2,600 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.

Where do St. John Fisher College students come from?

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.

What is there to do at St. John Fisher College?

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.

How is the food?

The food is great! In fact, Fisher was ranked No. 10 in America and No. 1 in New York state by in their 2019 Best College Food in America list.

The main dining hall offers a wide variety of interactive dining platforms including the wokery, salad and fresh fruit bar, deli counter, grill, pasta bar, brick oven pizza, vegetarian section, and more. Several other retail outlets across campus offer coffee, smoothies, Grab & Go items, and more to suit your busy schedule.

Learn more about dining services.

How safe is the campus?

Fisher is a very safe campus. The Office of Safety and Security is responsible for campus safety and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 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 Office of Safety and Security 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.

Learn more about safety on campus.

How do I go about getting a work-study job?

The work-study job listing is available online through the Center for Career and Academic Planning and is posted at various locations around campus. It is up to you to contact the campus offices that advertise available positions.

What other means of transportation are available if I do not have a car?

Rochester Transit System (RTS) buses run daily through campus. The bus loop is located next to Keough Hall and will get you to downtown Rochester, local shopping malls, movie theaters, etc. Bus schedules are available at the Ward/Haffey Security Desk and online. The Student Government Association (SGA) offers free RTS bus passes to all students.

Additionally, SGA offers a free shuttle service to Pittsford Plaza, Wegmans, and Eastview Mall at various times throughout the week. 

Learn more about off-campus transportation.

When does school start?

New Student Orientation for all new students and Move-In Day for residents is Saturday, August 31, 2019. Classes begin on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.