Inside Guide to Life at Le Moyne

Questions about starting college? Our Phamily is here to help!

Tips for Finding New Friends in College

As you venture into college, it can be exciting and daunting to think about starting over, leaving your friends and family behind, and stepping out of your comfort zone to make new friends. You are not alone, believe me! Every incoming freshman is in the same boat as you; here are a few pointers to help you adjust to your new surroundings and make new friends.

This is a crucial campus-wide event that you should not miss. In fact, it was at this gathering that I first met some of my friends. During orientation, you will be grouped and collaborate with other new freshmen from all across the country! This is an excellent opportunity to participate in team building activities and learn how to step outside of your comfort zone before the semester begins.

On campus, there are over 80 clubs to join, including academic clubs, cultural organizations, service groups, intramural sports, student government, and more. What could be better than joining a club or organization that allows you to meet new individuals who share your interests?

Campus life at Le Moyne hosts a plethora of fantastic events, with lots of ways to participate. From concerts to trivia nights to guest speakers to large campus-wide gatherings with food trucks and activities to do! Attending those events will allow you to meet new people on campus from various years and majors.

Being open to the unknown is the most essential thing you can do for yourself. Your future self will be grateful. College is an important part of life since it allows you to discover who you truly are, regardless of your background. You’ll also come across and meet individuals from different walks of life. You never know who you’ll meet or what you’ll learn!

Without a doubt, starting college can be overwhelming. However, think of it as a fantastic experience that will allow you to form long-lasting friendships. You can do it!

Being a 'Phin has provided me with so much more for my future than I could have ever imagined. Beyond the classrooms that consistently pushed my boundaries on what I know and my skill sets, there are the people that have been here to support me and always lend a helping hand. The community of Le Moyne is unlike any other and is what I believe to be one of the greatest foundations for success.”

Ethan Sellevold '20

How to Prepare for College During Summer

Congratulations, you made it! If you haven’t heard it yet, I am so proud of you for taking charge, and making this big step to start your journey at Le Moyne College. You've come this far; now take a breather and let me give you some pointers to help you transition into college in the fall. As an incoming freshman, you set the tone for your college experience. Remember that it is never too early to prepare!

Your best friend will be organization! Put everything in order in your planner to avoid feeling overwhelmed! From important dates to spending time with your pals… Whatever method you choose, keep track of everything. Set up a routine that works for you and keeps your priorities in order.

The summer is an excellent time to settle into your new surroundings and get comfortable with campus life and resources. Take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions and become acquainted before the first day of classes.

You set the tone for how easy and successful your first year of college will be. That being said, get familiar with all of the resources available to you at Le Moyne. Explore internship and work study possibilities, clubs and extracurricular activities, and get to know your instructors and staff.

You will want to do everything your first year in college. Set a budget to ensure you can do what you want with your buddies. Take the time to manage your finances, create a budget, and begin saving money for the school year today! You will appreciate it.

Spend some time familiarizing yourself with your major course requirements in the catalog to prepare for registration with your advisor. This will help you be prepared for finding classes that’ll help you stay on track for your career goals and interests.

Start buying little things over the summer to help you prepare to move in. Remember, do not overpack and maximize your space, you will be sharing a room!

Setting up good routines and habits will help you manage your stress and stay on top of your academics. Never forget to look after your mental health to be the best student you can be

I chose Le Moyne college because of the sense of community! Everywhere you go someone always says “hey” to you and gives you a friendly smile! At first I was not sure what to expect moving 2.5 hours away from home but it is one of the best decisions I’ve made!”

Jessica Vohs '22

Move In Tips

Starting college is an exciting experience. Making the shift to college dorms for the first time is an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with campus life. Moving into a dorm and sharing a room with a new person might be overwhelming, but here are some pointers to help you settle in and adjust to your new room at Le Moyne College.

Before you begin packing, I recommend that you make a list of everything you will need. This will assist you in staying organized and on top of the things you require. Also, start reading Le Moyne’s dorm policies to discover what you can and cannot bring. Certain appliances, such as hot plates, are prohibited.

Keep in mind that you are sharing a room with another individual. Because space is limited, pack as lightly as possible. Bring only the necessities, such as bedding, toiletries, and seasonal clothing. You can always acquire additional things once you’ve gotten acquainted with your new room. Remember to bring a pair of shower shoes!

To know where everything is, labeling your items will make it easier for you to unpack once you get to the dorm. This will save you time and stress!

If you know who your roommate is and have their contact information, make sure you connect with them before you arrive! This will save you and your roommate from bringing duplicates of everything, including a mini-fridge and even a microwave! If you want to decorate in a similar manner, you may also talk about what color and theme to use. If you are still looking for a roommate, remember to sign up for Le Moyne’s Zeemee channel for committed students . This app is perfect for connecting with your peers and potential roommate!

Keep in mind that you have limited space and restrictions when designing your room. Instead of nails and screws, think about using adhesive command strips and hooks. Also, bring any soft furniture, such as a rug or additional pillows, to make your room feel like a home away from home!

It is important before you move in to understand all important information about your dorm residence. This includes visitor restrictions, quiet hours, the location of laundry machines, and even roommate agreements. Knowing the regulations will help you avoid future conflicts and misunderstandings.

When you move into your dorm hall, you will most likely be introduced to your Resident Advisor (RA). Remember, this is the person you should contact if anything goes wrong during your time on campus. They can assist you with getting acquainted with dorm living and even campus life by answering any questions you may have.

Keep in mind that these following tips are only suggestions to help your transition stress free and more enjoyable. Remember, your dorm room is your home away from home. Feel free to make it comfortable and personalize your space to your liking. Good luck with your move-in and enjoy your time at Le Moyne college, filled with endless possibilities.

Our Phins don’t swim alone much like they don’t swim alone in the wild. Wherever you are on campus, there will always be a smiling face looking at you. Even someone who you know is in your class but maybe have not talked to will smile and say hello. There is always someone around to hang out with and familiar faces everywhere to remind you how close knit you will become.”

Paige Martin

Why a Dolphin? 

Did you realize that dolphins are actually similar to us? They are amicable and lovable, and studies prove that dolphins are one of the most clever creatures on earth!

Iggy at a Basketball Game

More than a Mascot

Our Dolphin (named Iggy!) establishes a positive environment for students to have a sense of belonging on campus. Representing “love and tenderness,” Iggy reminds us to be “friendly toward man” and to ensure no one is ever left behind. As college students, we often forget that college isn't all about submitting our assignment by 11:59 pm. Our mascot reminds us to have a good time and make every second count, and encourages all to branch out and meet new people. You can never expect what he will be up to next, but you can guarantee he’ll put a huge smile on all of our faces.

Iggy at Family Weekend

Our time in school is also about creating memories with others that we will forever cherish

His energy is always UNMATCHED, whether greeting students, taking selfies, or even bursting out some amazing dance moves. Iggy’s outgoing personality is always accompanied with a high five and hugs.