Frequently asked questions

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What if my son or daughter gets homesick?

Homesickness is usually worst at the very beginning of the Program as the scholars adjust to their new environment. Encourage your scholar to pursue friendships and activities on campus and to get out of his or her room and off the phone with hometown friends. In recent years, we have noticed that some parents seem to have a harder time dealing with their child’s absence than the child does with being in the new situation. If you’re a parent, make sure that you’re not projecting your own feelings onto your child, and encourage your scholar to embrace and enjoy the experience.

Can I cook in my room?

No. We are concerned with fire safety. The fire codes are very strict. We do have kitchenettes and microwave ovens in all the residential colleges. Microwave ovens no larger that 600 watts are allowed in the rooms. Appliances with exposed heating elements (i.e., hot plates) are not permitted. Please note that only one microwave is permitted per room.

Can I bring a refrigerator?

The MSU Housing Office permits one refrigerator (under 4.5 cubic ft) per room. At move-in, we will post a list in the lobby to indicate whether or not a refrigerator has been brought to a certain room. Please consult this list before moving a refrigerator into the residence hall. If your scholar is planning to use a refrigerator in the dormitory building, do not hesitate to bring one. However, if the sign indicates that scholar's room number has already received a refrigerator, please do not move it in. We recommend that scholars who already own a refrigerator (or microwave) and space to bring it pack it for Opening Day. If neither roommate has a refrigerator (or microwave) but feels the need to purchase one (many scholars do not have them during the Program), they can be purchased at Wal-Mart or Lowe’s, both of which are adjacent to campus, on Opening Day or Family Day.

What are standard bed sizes?

The standard mattress size for both Richmond College and Hester College is 80" long. These beds will accommodate extra long twin fitted sheets.

What type of condition are the residential colleges in?

Richmond College (males) has recently been built, and Hester College (females) has recently been renovated. Both are in excellent condition. More information can be found here: Richmond College and Hester College.

Is the residential college front desk staffed 24 hours/day?

The front desk is staffed 24 hours per day.

What is my ID used for?

You will receive a GSP picture ID when you get to campus. This ID is needed for access to the residential college, Winslow Dining Hall, the Wellness Center and Waterfield Library.

Can I get my roommate's name ahead of time?

GSP cannot release roommate names or information before the Program begins.

What if I have special dietary needs?

Be sure to let the GSP staff know. The staff at Winslow Dining Hall is amazingly flexible and will work with special diets and food allergies. On Opening Day, the Winslow staff will be at the door of the dining hall to discuss special needs with families.

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