Fall Move-In

As COVID-19 case levels are higher in many communities, we will welcome students back to campus more gradually. We are phasing arrivals to be sure we are able to robustly test, identify and isolate any cases of asymptomatic infection, and establish a healthy community in each phase before additional students arrive and in-person classes commence. 

Move-in will be carefully scheduled so that only a limited number of students return to campus each day, and dorms do not become crowded during move-in.  Students will be required to take a COVID-19 test upon their arrival to campus for their scheduled move-in appointment.

Here is the revised schedule for fall semester move-in:

  • Resident Assistants and Students Currently Staying on Campus moved in Monday, August 3 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • First-Year and Transfer Students will move in Tuesday, August 11 - Thursday, August 13 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sophomores, juniors and seniors who have move-in dates of 8/17-8/18 can keep those dates.
  • Seniors whose IS work requires being on campus, and other students for whom being on campus is critical to their safety, are asked to select a new move-in appointment between 8/17-8/18 (if not already booked for these dates) via this form.
  • All other returning students are asked to select a new move-in appointment on August 23, 24, 30 and 31 in The Housing Director (THD) system. Appointments will be live Friday morning, August 7, 2020
  • International students may have specific travel requirements and concerns. International students will receive additional information to be sure their travel works smoothly. 

Issues with Update Move-In Dates?

We know that changing students’ arrival time so close to the start of the semester means a disruption in travel plans for many students and families.  We apologize for this inconvenience, and we will work with students and families to minimize the difficulties and make move-in as smooth as possible.  If any sophomore, junior or senior is unable to change their existing move-in appointment either because of difficulties arranging travel, concerns about flights, or for IS or other needs, they may file an appeal with the Dean of Students’ Office using this form.

We do have emergency funds available for students who may need them, for any reason. Here is the link to apply, and you can also contact dos@wooster.edu with any questions about emergency funds.

Guests and What To Bring to Campus

Only two individuals can accompany the student moving in.

  • We ask that students and individuals who are coming to assist with move-in begin to monitor symptoms two weeks prior to their arrival on campus. The college will be providing an application for students to track symptoms. Information will be coming via email before you arrive on campus.
  • Individuals who are accompanying students to campus for move-in must be registered on the form students complete as part of the check-in process with the Wellness Center (see information under Before You Arrive On Campus).
  • Students and guests MUST wear masks while on campus and follow directional signage and six feet distancing protocols.
  • Guests will be asked to leave campus by 9 p.m. on their scheduled move-in day

Bring to campus only what you can take home with you in the event we must close the campus for a public health emergency. Outside furniture is not permitted on campus, such as couches, armchairs, or tables.

Before You Arrive On Campus

  • If you have not already done so, please go to The Housing Director (THD) and sign the Community Care Agreement. Once you do this you will be able to sign-up for a move-in date according to your class year.
  • Complete the form provided by the Wellness Center (570 E. Wayne Ave. Wooster, OH 44691) and bring a copy with you for your check-in. Individuals who are accompanying students to campus for move-in must be registered on the form as part of the check-in process. If you are not able to print the form, or bring it with you, we will have blank forms available at check-in.
  • Returning students will need to have their College of Wooster (CoW) card. If you have lost your ID or need it replaced, please report that information before you arrive by emailing Jen Bond.
    Please note that there is a $20 fee associated with replacing the card and by emailing to request a new card you are authorizing that charge.

The means by which you arrive to campus will determine where you check-in.

Students Arriving in a Passenger Vehicle

Enter Lot 7 on Beall Avenue between Iceman House (1455 Beall Ave., Wooster, OH, 44281) and Reed House (1447 Beall Ave. Wooster, OH 44281).

A representative from the College will greet you, check you in, and confirm your arrival time.
NOTE: We will not be able to take students earlier than their scheduled arrival time.

  • On-Time: You will be sent into the line to wait for COVID-19 testing.
  • Early: You will be sent to park in Lot 7 until it is your time to be tested.
  • Late: We will work you into the line to be tested.

Follow the signs to the testing area where you will be greeted by a nurse. You will give them a form of identification.

Students Not Arriving in a Passenger Vehicle

Arrive at the Longbrake Wellness Center (570 E. Wayne Ave. Wooster, OH 44691), and pull into the lot immediately behind the building.

A representative from The College will greet you. They will verify your identity and make sure you have arrived at the appropriate time.

  • On-Time: You will be sent into the Wellness Center to wait for COVID-19 testing.
  • Early: You will be sent to a waiting area outside of the Wellness Center.
  • Late: We will work you into the line to be tested.

When it is your time to be tested you will be asked to present your identification.


The College set up multiple contracts for COVID-19 testing at the beginning of the summer to ensure that we would have multiple back-up plans given the strains on the testing pipeline that have been occurring periodically.  At this time, rapid antigen testing in the US has been diverted to serve only nursing homes, and so we will be using high-accuracy PCR (molecular) testing for screening all students upon arrival, and as well as for regular assessment of the health of the community over the semester.  These tests are quick, relatively non-invasive nasal swabs procedures, with results returning within 24-48 hours.

The first 48 hours on Campus

Students arriving on campus will do the COVID-19 test, and then move to their rooms.  During the first 48-hours on campus, while awaiting their test results, students will minimize their contact with others as much as possible.  That means keeping to their rooms as much as possible and leaving only for necessities such as picking up food to-go from Lowry Dining Hall.   Students are also welcome to walk outside (with masks on) as long as they do not gather in groups, and maintain at least 6 feet from others.  Students will receive the result of their COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival.


Per the travel advisory from the Ohio Department of Health, students coming from areas identified by the State of Ohio as hot spots (positivity rate of 15% or greater) will be required to quarantine in an individual space with a single bathroom, provided by the College, until their tests are returned within 36-48 hours. The College will appoint a supportive contact-person to assist students who need to quarantine, and food and other necessities will be provided during this time. Students will be able to move into their residence halls once a negative test result is received, or moved to isolation if they test positive.  These students will be tested a second time five to seven days after move-in. (NOTE: They will not need to quarantine for this second test.)

Stored Items

If last spring you asked the College to store items for you, they will be handled according to your fall status:

  • On-Campus:
    If you will be on-campus for the fall your items will be placed in your fall assignment by the time you arrive on campus. If your space is currently occupied by a summer resident the items will be moved and stored in the building and we will work with you to obtain access when you arrive to campus.
  • Remote Learner:
    The College will be working with Celina Moving and Storage to have items stored off campus until the you return to campus.

Bed Lofting and Extra-Long Beds

Due to our need to limit the number of people in spaces during move-in, we will not be able to deliver lofting equipment on move-in days.

To request the equipment needed to loft your bed, we ask that you complete the bed lofting application on Housing Self Service. Along with the equipment, you will be provided instructions on how to loft or bunk your bed. Please contact your RA if you would like to have them double check that the bed has been lofted correctly after it is set up.

We also have some Extra Extra Long Twin Beds available on campus for students who need them. Our typical bed length is 80” and our Extra Extra Long Beds are 84”. You can request this equipment on the Request Form in Housing Self Service.

On Campus Dining

Students arriving on campus will have a meal plan which allows them to use three meal swipes per day, starting on their arrival date through breakfast on Tuesday, August 18. Academic year meal plans begin at 11 a.m. on Tuesday August 18. All students will be placed on Meal Plan A to start each semester. If you would like to change to Meal Plan B or C, the Meal Plan Modification Form is now online.
Note: The Meal Plan Modification Form must be completed by 4 p.m. on Friday August 28.

View updated dining information.

Lowry Dining Hall

Seating capacity has been reduced to 340 seats, to-go meals are available. No reusable containers are allowed in the dining hall.

  • August 3 Hours:11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • August 4-10 Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • August 11-17 Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • August 18 and Beyond Hours (Academic Year hours begin): 7 a.m. to midnight, seven days per week

Mom’s Café

Menu has changed, all meals packaged to-go, will accept a meal swipe as a $7.50 equivalence, cash, credit/debit, CoW card

  • August 11-14 Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • August 17and Beyond Hours (Academic Year hours begin): 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday

Knowlton Café

Will accept a meal swipe as a $7.50 equivalence, cash, credit/debit, CoW card

  • August 11-14 Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • August 17 and Beyond Hours (Academic Year hours begin): 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday Through Friday

MacLeod’s Convenience Store

  • August 3-7 Hours:
    Open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, August 10 through Saturday, August 15 Hours:
    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 16 Hours:
    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Monday, August 17 Hours:
    7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 18 and Beyond Hours (Academic Year hours begin):
    7 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to midnight, Saturday and Sunday

Closing Dates

The Residence Halls and Houses will be closing for the fall term on Wednesday, November 25 at 10 a.m.

If you need to stay after this time you will need to apply to remain on campus. Students who fall under the following specific categories will be able to petition to stay on campus after Thanksgiving:

  • Independent students who do not have a family home to go to.
  • Students whose personal safety would be compromised if they went to their place of residence.
  • Health-related concerns/documented accommodations that make travel difficult (e.g., the student already is immunocompromised and unnecessary exposure via airline travel would be more dangerous).
  • International students who need to stay in the U.S. through the year

When a decision is made about Winter Sports, athletes who need to remain on campus for this timeframe will be given additional information.

Exit Plan

While we are putting precautions in place for a safe fall semester, there is a chance that we may need to ask students to leave campus at some point if health conditions worsen. We would encourage all students to think about a plan on how to leave campus with all of their belongings, if necessary.

Students will need to apply to stay on campus, using the criteria above, if we need to make such a decision.