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New Student Guide - The Checklist


Welcome to the New Student Checklist. There's a ton to think about before you head off to college and we want to help make sure you think of it all.

Use the links at the right to find out about your residence hall, where you'll eat, and what's going to take place during New Student Orientation. We've also listed out all of the documents and forms you'll need when you get here. And as always, if you have any questions, give us a call or shoot us an email!

FAQ for New Students

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Computer viruses and worms are programs or program fragments which are potentially damaging to computer and network-based information and resources.

All students should be aware of the ease by which viruses and worms are spread and must take all necessary steps to insure that files and devices are virus and worm-free. All computing devices connected to the Greenville College data network are required to have anti-virus software installed and fully updated at all times.

Computers detected on the network spreading viruses or exhibiting virus-like activity will be quarantined and will not regain access to the network until quarantine steps are completed or system is reinstalled. In some cases a mandatory reinstall will be necessary.

Examples of such mandate include, but are not limited to: a new virus has infected your computer for which removal tools or instructions are not available, or keylogger is installed on your system which presents reasonable risk of identity theft.

Yes, but since the number of faculty offering applied lessons is limited, lesson priority is given to music majors and minors. Elective lessons may be offered if lesson slots are available.

Note: Students who are not music majors or in a music ensemble may not store instruments in any of the music department facilities. The music department is also not responsible for any students’ instruments or equipment stored in our facilities.

Yes, each student is required to attend 36 chapels per semester. There are many ways in which you can fulfill your chapel requirements.

There are three standard chapels that meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:30-10:20am plus two other chapel options per week: Vespers, which meets on Thursday nights at 9:30pm, and Prayer and Meditation chapel, which meets every Tuesday from 1:30-2:20pm.

Students may also get elective chapel credit by being involved in Bible studies and various other activities on campus.  We feel that chapel is a very important part of the Greenville experience and hope that you will grow and learn from these experiences.

Consult pages 32 through 34 of your student handbook if you have more questions, or contact our Director of Spiritual Formation, Chaplain Lori Gaffner, at or at extension 7120.

No. A laptop is not required but many students do find them extremely helpful in their course of work.

Network gaming is allowable provided it does not interfere with our network or others' use of the network.  We do not explicitly block any games, however, network bandwidth monitoring tools may impact performance.

We expect and require students to act responsibly with their computers, and to avoid using them for inappropriate purposes. Downloading of pornography, as well as other improper conduct, is prohibited, detectable, and traceable to your individual computer and network ID.

We use a system that monitors the pages students view from the Internet rather than restricting access. A report of offenders is maintained by the Student Development Office on a regular basis. Violations to campus policies may result in disabling internet access and/or network accounts.

Due to the way AOL web browser interacts with our internet monitoring system, use of it is not allowed on campus. Currently this is the only AOL component we are blocking. Students may still use AOL email accounts and AOL Instant Messenger.

Voluntary Internet Blocking
Voluntary blocking of inappropriate websites is available. An online form can be found on the Help Desk website. You may complete this form to request website filtering for your student account.

Yes, we have both a wired and wireless network. In fact, we were the first college in the nation to build out a completely wireless campus.

While not all buildings and campus housing have wired connections, there is general coverage by our wireless network (802.11b/g standard). Our wireless network operates at the 2.4Ghz frequency, therefore 2.4 Ghz phone or other devices operating at this range are prohibited on campus.

You will receive information on how to connect to the network when you arrive on campus.

The following campus housing is equipped with Ethernet (wired) connections in each room: Ellen J. Mannoia Hall, Kinney Hall, West Oak Hall, Janssen Hall, Hoiles House and Blankenship Apartments. Other campus housing units not listed here have only wireless access

Yes. Resident students are assigned a mailbox.

Campus mail and U.S. Mail is distributed Monday through Saturday. Students are encouraged to check their mailboxes regularly. Packages and certified mail may be picked up at the Mail Room [building 7, on your campus map] counter during regular business hours.

Keys for the mailbox may be picked up in the mail room. A $25 fee will be assessed for replacement keys and the mailroom will not get your mail for you if you do not have your key. Mailboxes for all students are in the Delbert E. Sims Union [building 8, on your campus map]

All student mail must be addressed to a campus post office number (CPO#). Items without the CPO# will experience delays. Student mail should be addressed as follows:

Name of Student
317 East College Ave.
CPO # XXX (where “xxx” is your mailbox number)
Greenville, IL 62246

Students wishing to change their schedule should pick up an add/drop form from the Records Office located on the main floor of Marston Hall [building 33 on your campus map]. The student must then consult with and receive the signature of their academic advisor for all schedule changes. The form must then be returned to the Records Office to be entered.

When you'd like to declare a major and/or minor, pick up the appropriate forms in the Records Office [located on the main level of Marston Hall, building 33 on your campus map.]

Then you need to meet with the department chair of your chosen major to discuss your academic goals and to be assigned an advisor. The forms must then be returned to the Records Office.

Auditions for Chorale, GC Choir, and Chamber Singers take place during New Student Orientation in Room 203 of the Whitlock Music Center [building number 14 on your campus map]. Prospective members may signup for an audition time and secure more information about auditions in the hallway next to Dr. Wilson’s Studio. Choral Ensembles are open to all students.

Chamber Orchestra is open to all string players as well as select wind players. No audition is necessary, and rehearsals are from 6-8pm on Monday evenings in the Band Room. Contact Dr. Woods at or at extension 6568 for more information.

Concert Band is open to all students who play woodwind, brass or percussion instruments. All students interested need to do is sign up for Music 135 or 335. No auditions needed. Band meets MWF 12:30-1:20.

Those interested in Keyboard Ensemble may contact Professor Stampfli during the next week about joining our Keyboard Orchestra. This group offers all pianists of intermediate skill the opportunity to perform in this 21st century touring ensemble. We will play a variety of styles from classical to pop to jazz. Any student may audition.

Those who are interested in joining Vocal/Jazz Band look for signs up on campus for more details about audition times and practice times. If you want more info regarding Vocal/Jazz Band you can call Grace Hoenig at ext. 6560.

The auditions for Lab Bands take place in the next two weeks. Previously organized groups will audition as a band. Those willing to participate in lab bands who do not yet have a group can contact Professor Jorge Casas at ext. 6567 for possible groups that need players. Students are encouraged to form their own groups. Audition dates will be posted in the music department and on the web; be on the look-out.

Students may add a class without an instructor's permission during the first five days of the semester. You may add a class with an instructor's permission through day 10 of the semester. Students may drop a class through day 10 of the semester.

From day 11 through 50 (10 weeks) students may withdraw from a class with their instructor's permission. Withdrawn classes will appear on the student's transcript, but will not affect the GPA. Withdrawing from a course may affect a student's bill or financial aid, so check with the Financial Aid Office before you make a schedule change. For more information on adding, dropping, and/or withdrawing, please consult the Greenville College Catalog.

All schedule changes require the signature of the student’s advisor.

Download the College Catalog »

Unfortunately, we cannot. Greenville College does not have a computer repair center like some bigger universities.  If you experience problems with your personal computer we encourage you to contact the manufacturer or a local computer repair center.

Unfortunately, rogue access points and routers have interfered with our wireless network and are not allowed on campus.

Yes! Members of the Baggage Brigade will be at each dorm to help students move in on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Baggage Brigade is a group of people designated to help carry students' luggage to the dorm room. Once your vehicle is unloaded, members of the Brigade will come and carry your belongings to your room.

You'll recognize them by their Greenville College T-shirt and nametag.

Parking at the Ganton Circle parking lots, located east of Dallax Annex [building 21 on your campus map] is reserved for bookstore customers and campus visitors only, so students cannot park in this lot. 

Parking along the posted fire lane on either side of Ganton Circle Drive is prohibited.

These restrictions are in effect 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

In order to play sports students must maintain a 1.75 GPA first semester of freshman year and a 2.0 GPA second semester freshman year and following.

Many of the majors and programs at Greenville College require students either to complete two semesters of college-level foreign language or to show that level of proficiency. 

Because many students change their major during their college experience, we require all new students to take the Foreign Language Placement Test, proctored in Snyder Hall rooms 103, 104  and 120 [first floor of building 18, on your campus map] just in case they happen to choose a major that requires a foreign language.

PantherNet is our campus community portal. You can access it by going to

On PantherNet you can view campus announcements, the campus calendar, and information from key administrative offices. It serves as our "jumping off" point for services and items related to your life as a student here at Greenville College.

Check out PantherNet »

Registration is a process that all students must complete at the beginning of every semester.  During registration students verify that their schedule is correct, reconcile their bill, sign appropriate papers for financial aid, complete their Admissions folder, and receive parking permits. 

New Freshmen will enroll with their COR 101 group and instructor on Saturday.  Transfer students may enroll Friday or Monday.  Registration begins in Krober Room/Young Lounge [building 18, on your campus map.]

The StrengthsFinder is an instrument designed to identify your top five “talents” or strengths out of a possible 34. This instrument has been developed by the Gallup Organization and has been used by many corporations throughout the world. GC is the first education institution to use the StrengthsFinder to benefit students and is serving as a national model for others.

All new freshmen and transfer students have an opportunity to take the StrengthsFinder which is now a part of the new program called StrengthsQuest in the COR 101/301 class. Others may contact Marcos Gilmore at Ext. 6616 or to arrange to pick up a book.

All students must complete a math course as part of the general education requirements. We want to be sure that you are placed in a class that matches your abilities, so we require all new students to take the Math Placement Exam.

Test are proctored in Snyder Hall rooms 103, 104 and 120 [first floor of building 18, on your campus map]

This is your chance to learn of the different clubs, teams, organizations, jobs, etc. available to students of the Greenville College Campus and in the Greenville Community.

Check the campus events calendar to see what day the Opportunities Fair is being held this year.

In response to this issue, Greenville College has adopted policy that prohibits file sharing of data objects of which you do not have rights as determined by copyright law. 

This includes transfer of files using popular peer-to-peer applications such as BitTorrent, Kazaa, Morpheus, eDonkey, etc., or by open shares on the campus network.  The campus "Appropriate Use" policy covers this issue and may be read in its entirety on our Help Desk website.

View the Appropriate Use Policy »

Our Campus Activities Board works hard each year to organize campus events including movie nights, Coffeehouse open mics, barbeques on Scott Field, and a few surprises. Watch for signs around campus and check PantherNet for details.

Athletic events are scheduled for most weekends as well.

The Greenville College Counseling Offices are located on the first floor of the Ruby E. Dare Library [building number 36 on your campus map], and services students who are currently enrolled and attending classes on campus. The center provides a broad range of mental health services and referrals. Appointments can be made in person or by contacting the Counseling Office at ext. 6610 or 6818 or via email at or

There are two counselors available to see students - Mallory Sample and George Smith.

If students are uncertain whether counseling is what they would like, introductory appointments may help them decide. The decision to seek counseling is always up to the individual. Counseling sessions and their content are confidential, consistent with the legal and ethical obligations of the counselor. There is no charge for any of the counseling services provided.

With the proliferation of cell phones, Greenville College does not provide phone access in individual dorm rooms. Campus phones are available in public areas on each dorm floor and in lounges. One campus phone is also provided for every campus house.

Be sure to see our HelpDesk staff at the Welcome Tent when you arrive for the fall semester!  They will provide you with your unique network login information, campus mailbox and phone information, and a instructions to help you connect to the network. All students will be required to register their computers online in order to gain access.  Computer systems must have antivirus software installed, be virus-free, and up to date with all Windows security patches.

For more information, take a look at the IT HelpDesk site.

Washer and dryers are located in lower levels of Burritt, Holtwick, Joy, Janssenn, Kinney/Tenney, College Ave and West Oak. All of the machines are coin operated.

Students who are enrolled in a music course may practice in LaDue Auditorium or in the Whitlock Music Center. Applied students may reserve practice times in some practice rooms.

This can be done in the music office the first week. Authorized groups may sign up for the Blackroom with Professor Gary Erickson at ext. 6573. They may sign up for a practice with the Music Department ext. 6560.

Groups may NOT practice in the Whitlock Music Center

If you are interested in a specific sport, please contact the coach. To get a list of coaches, you can call the Athletic Department Secretary at ext. 6621.

If you're registered for COR 101, your COR 101 instructor will be your academic advisor during the Fall semester. (See the label on your NSO packet if you don’t know which COR class you are placed in.)

Freshmen who declare a major in the Fall will be assigned an academic advisor from their major department in the Spring. Freshmen who remain undecided will continue to be advised by their COR 101 instructor until a major is declared.

Transfer students who have declared a major will be advised by a faculty member from the department of their chosen major. Undeclared transfer students will be assigned an advisor by the Records Office [located on the main level of Marston Hall, building 33 on your campus map.]

In addition to language, mathematics, and music placement tests, new students take part in institutional research and assessment.  This process provides feedback to the College on how well it carries out the mission to shape students for lives of character and service. 

New students are tested on social orientation, academic and personal motivation, values, and attitudes that influence them as they enter college life.  When they are seniors, students complete similar tests to determine what may have changed during their college career. 

These measurements assist the Higher Learning Commission in their determination to renew accreditation to Greenville College.

Yes, auditions are open to all students who wish to be involved.

Check the Student Events Calendar for audition dates.

Audition scenes, applications, and audition sign-up can be found on Dr. Cecelia Ulmer’s office door, Room 210 of the Dietzman Center [second floor of building 29 on your campus map.] Please contact Dr. Ulmer at or extension 6550 with any questions.

Every student is issued an email account while enrolled at Greenville College.  This account is one of our official means of campus communication.  We encourage you to check email routinely to view important campus information, bulletins, announcements and updates.  While some people may already have or choose to use personal email accounts such as hotmail or, campus addresses are the only ones that will be used for official college communication.


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