New Student Information
Below you will find information organized by topic that is especially helpful for new students at Lyndon.
Multicultural Programs offers many activities, events, leadership opportunities, and student groups. Lyndon Intercultural is a student group whose focus is to provide a safe space to engage in an intercultural dialogue, and for students to learn more about what it means to be a student with the support of peers/allies at Lyndon. During meetings we discuss various social justice topics, current events, and experiences people would like to share. Another student group that we have is the International Student Group. The International Student Group focuses on bring students together from around the world to talk about their experiences, sharing information about cultures, and putting on programs on campus and in the community. For more information please contact us via email at Multicultural@LyndonState.edu, or like our Facebook page at Facebook.com/LSCMulticultural/.
Community Service Learning/A.S.S.I.S.T.
Lyndon students love to give back to the community in a big way. Through community service learning, volunteer hours, and program planning, students have many opportunities to help support the community and different initiatives. Some of the events we host include Jump Rope for Heart, the Color Run, and Habitat for Humanity, just to name a few. The members of Community Service Learning/A.S.S.I.S.T. are always looking for ways to give back, if you have an idea for how we can give back bring it to our weekly meeting. For more information contact us at ServiceLearning@LyndonState.edu, or join our Facebook group at Facebook.com/groups/LSCServiceLearning/.
Healthy Hornet Choices
As you transition into college life, we understand that some decisions you make will be difficult. With the help of Healthy Hornet Choice we can help guide you down a path to help you make healthier and smarter choices. Healthy Hornet Choices is a NCAA grant funded group that helps students learn through programming more about preventative and alternative choices to the influences of drugs and alcohol. Our team works hard to help students understand the impact of their choices as well facts regarding usage on our campus. For more information contact us at Choices@LyndonState.edu, or like our Facebook page at Facebook.com/HealthyHornetChoices/.
Commuter Student Program
A large majority of students that attend Lyndon live off campus, and we offer programming just for them. Commuter Student Programming bring events, a student group, and programming just for commuter students. Through our events, commuter students are able to get to meet other students outside of the classroom and share their experience with the Commuter Student Advisory Board. For more information contact us at Commuter@LyndonState.edu, or like our Facebook page at Facebook.com/LSCCommuterNontrad/.
THE STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND LEADERSHIP CENTER
The mission of the Student Activities and Leadership Center (SALC Office) at Lyndon is to engage students to life outside the classroom through programs, leadership training and extra-curricular involvement.
The SALC Office is a great resource for all students who want to get involved on campus in the Student Government Association (SGA), Campus Activities Board (CAB), student clubs, leadership programs, work study, or off campus opportunities. Student leaders in SGA and CAB hold weekly office hours in this space and are available to answer any questions or take any suggestions you may have for either group.
The office is located on the 2nd floor of Vail just past the Hornet’s Nest and is open typical business hours during the week. There is also a student lounge in this space where students frequently do homework, work together on projects, or eat meals and relax between classes.
Below you can read more about some of the groups listed above.
CAMPUS ACTIVITIES BOARD (CAB)
The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is a student run organization who brings entertaining and educational events to the LSC community! In the past CAB has hosted comedians, hypnotists, magicians, and a cappella groups, as well as interactive events where you can express your creativity and athleticism! Most CAB events are FREE and open to all students, faculty, staff, and their friends and families. Drop by the SALC Office or attend a weekly CAB meeting to let us know what YOU would like to see on campus! Check out LyndonCAB.com for information on upcoming events and how you can get involved!
STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION (SGA)
The Student Government Association (SGA) at Lyndon strives to promote the educational, social, and general welfare of the students of LSC and anticipates and stimulates the interests of students through the use of student run clubs and activities. Students have the opportunity to participate as elected representatives, lead as executive board members, and share their concerns with the student body. First year students have the ability to represent their class as a voting member of the SGA, so if you were involved with or interested in student council in high school, SGA may be the group for you! Check out LyndonSGA.com for more information!
The SALC office hosts a variety of leadership workshops throughout the year geared towards helping students develop various skills to be successful in their co-curricular activities. Topics range from the basics on how to get involved on campus to learning about leadership styles to preparing to job search and build resumes using leadership experience.
Lyndon also hosts the annual Lyndon Student Leadership Conference at the beginning of February and draws students, faculty, and staff from colleges and universities across the state of Vermont. The conference is a great opportunity for students to develop leadership skills as well as network with other college students.
STUDENT ACTIVITIES SHUTTLE
Every semester, the SALC Office runs a series of small shuttle trips to various places in Vermont and New Hampshire to give students the opportunity to experience local attractions, run errands, shop in a new town, enjoy the outdoor activities that they love, and more! The shuttle also runs on the Friday before break and the Sunday at the end of break to and from the Montpelier Amtrak train station and the Concord Coach bus Station in Littleton, NH so if you don’t have a ride home for the breaks, we can help you get there!
Student Athlete Information
IN ADDITION TO STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES REQUIREMENTS, all student-athletes must complete:
DOCUMENTS (Submitted to the Athletic Training Staff)
- Physical examination completed within 6 months of first day of participation in varsity athletics.
- Fall Sports: physicals must be dated on/after March 1 and submitted by August 1.
- Winter Sports: physicals must be dated on/after April 15 and submitted by August 15.
- Spring Sports: physicals must be dated on/after March 1 and submitted by August 15.
- Sickle cell blood test results (Test may be waived with a letter from the primary care physician).
- Copy of Health Insurance card (FRONT AND BACK).
- SportsWare account completed and printed prior to on-campus screening.
SCREENING (Conducted with the Athletic Training Staff)
- On-Campus Athletic Training Screening (including baseline concussion testing) during scheduled times.
- Must have all above documents on file PRIOR TO screening.
Click here for specific instructions and more information regarding medical requirements: LyndonHornets.com/Information/Sports_Medicine/Training-Staff/
Full time (12 credit hours or more) student athletes in their first semester are eligible to play sports. After completion of the first semester, student-athletes must maintain specific standards to remain academically eligible:
- Through the first 29 credits (freshman year): 1.75 GPA
- Above 30 credits (sophomore and up): 2.00 GPA
- Maintain an average of 12 earned credits (minimum) per full time semester
- Enroll in 12 credits (minimum) during each semester of participation
All first-semester student-athletes AND all student-athletes with a GPA under 2.5 must attend study hall 6 hours per week. Study hall may be completed in the library, with a tutor, or other academically appropriate setting (music room, math lab, professor’s office, etc.).
Click here for information about eligibility, and other resources for student-athletes: LyndonHornets.com/Information/Athletics/Student_Athlete_Resources
All transfer students must complete the medical requirements listed above (even if you submitted them to your previous school – medical information does not transfer). Initial academic eligibility is determined by academic standing at your PREVIOUS institution. After initial enrollment (in your second semester and beyond) at Lyndon, the academic eligibility standards listed above apply.
Health and Counseling Services
Health and Counseling Services are offered at no cost to our students. We see students primarily based on appointments, however if at all possible we will see walk ins. Office hours are 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital Emergency is the back up for us over the weekend and evenings if students feel they cannot wait for us to reopen. Transportation can be provided if needed either by Lyndon Rescue or students speaking with their Resident Hall Directors or Resident Assistants.
Health Forms are mandatory and should be received before the first day of classes. This form is accessible from the website. It is a Vermont state law for the immunizations to be on file with the Health Services. Insurance cards should be attached to the health form as it is mandatory students have insurance or purchase the school’s.
- three Hepatitis B
- two Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
- two Varicella Vaccines (Chicken Pox) or signed physician form indicating date of disease
- one Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis)
- one Meningococcal Vaccine and 1 booster( if first one given before age 16)
Academic Support, Advising Resources, and Career Services
Top ten things every first year student should know about this area:
- Tutoring is free for all students.
- Hate to ask for help? Most students at Lyndon come in for some kind of academic support during their years here. The ones who do can be found on the Dean’s and President’s Lists every term. Academic Support is for students who want to maximize their success in college at every level.
- Hungry? We have snacks. Free snacks.
- Are you more successful when you use specific strategies and resources to tackle your academic load? (And who isn’t?) We can help with that.
- Think assistive technology is cool? (Because it totally is.) Come check it out.
- Find financial aid a total mystery? Want some friendly tips on sources of money you might not know about? This is the place!
- Don’t know how to look up grades, program evaluations, course listings, advisor contacts, degree requirements, or any of the other things you’re being told to do? We can help with that, too.
- Looking for tools to make your course selection and weekly or semester planning easier? We have those.
- Looking for work study, on-campus, or off-campus jobs? Need help with choosing or changing your major, writing a resume, searching for careers? Come see us!
- Feeling really overwhelmed? You don’t have to know what your question is to get help here. We specialize in working with students to articulate needs, goals, and action plans. Just come in and we will connect you with the right person and resources.
Lyndon Adventure Program
What is the Lyndon Adventure Program?
The Adventure Program is a great part of our recreational culture here at Lyndon. We work hard to introduce students of all abilities to the excitement and positivity of Adventure activities both here in Northeast Kingdom and abroad. Our goal is to connect students with the outdoors as often as possible and in as many means as possible. To that end we capitalize on a strong biking, climbing, and skiing culture here in the NEK. Whether you are a beginner or experienced adventurer, we have the right outing, the right trip, and the right frame of mind for you! We live in the sweet spot of Vermont where you can ski, ride, paddle and climb to your hearts content – all without traveling more than twenty minutes away from campus!
Adding to that, we are also the best place to push yourself mentally and emotionally here on campus. Whether you join us for the Outdoor Orientation Program for our seven day pre-school trip or visit us on either of our high or low challenge courses, we work hard to ensure that each student is heard as an individual, coached into working with a team, and exit with a new group of like-minded people you can call friends forever.
Services the Lyndon Adventure Program provides –
- Disc Golf league afternoons: come and play with throwers who enjoy the game of Disc Golf while wandering around our amazing 18 hole course here on campus!
- Gravity Well indoor climbing gym: A great place to try a new skill, feel excellent dancing in the vertical and making new friends with some cool people.
- Weekday/weekend outings: with the White Mountains of New Hampshire to our east and the Green Mountains and Adirondack Mountains to our west, we are in a good spot to taste all the wildness that the northeast has to offer. Combine that with campus being nestled in the heart of the NEK, and there isn’t anything that we don’t do or chase after. Hiking, biking, climbing, paddling, skiing—you name it, we’ll be out doing it!
- Challenge Courses: We have an extensive low and high challenge course on campus that are exceptionally good bringing groups together.
- School break activities: during the fall, winter, and spring, we capitalize on the break in academics to stretch our adventurous spirits. Week long trips to Acadia, Maine, and Seneca Rocks West Virginia are but a few of our wide ranging plans and ideas to get people out and about not only in our area but far afield. Don’t miss out!
Who to contact about the Lyndon Adventure Program?
Katy Ebner, Coordinator of Adventure Programs
Harvey Academic Center – Rm. 130
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ about the Lyndon Adventure Program:
Who can go on LOOP (Lyndon Outdoor Orientation Program) ?
Any incoming freshman and/or transfer student is eligible for LOOP. We have several trips that offer differing degrees of difficulty that you can choose from. Once you make that choice to partake in the adventurous spirit, we handle the rest!
Who can go on an Adventure break?
Anyone with a sense of Adventure!! Our trips are planned with a wide variety of students and interests so don’t hesitate to join in on something new – you’ll most likely discover that its just what you’ve always wanted to do!
Do I have to have all of my own equipment to join in on Adventure Program events?
We have a good amount of equipment for people to use if they don’t think they have the correct gear for an event. It’s a good way to get you in the door, help you feel out what you like, and then send you in the right direction for your own gear. Many choose to do it this way as getting a lot of expensive stuff that you don’t use is often financially debilitating – and silly.
Who leads Adventure Program trips?
More than likely you’ll be led by an experienced trip leader from the vast stock of Adventure Program leaders. Many have specialized skill sets for particular activities (boating and climbing and such) but many of them started out just like you – eager and excited to be in the outdoors and have found great joy in leading others as they were once led. It can be you one day!
As a New Student…
Lyndon finds it very important for you to live on campus to provide a sense of community, access to clubs and organizations, activities as well as a chance to really connect with Lyndon and your peers. Lyndon assigns room assignments and roommates without regard to race, creed, religion, sexual orientation, ableism, or Country of national origin.
Living on campus provides new students with a sense of community. It provides ready access to student life activities, as well as to academic facilities and support.
The general guidelines for housing at Lyndon are as follows:
- Unmarried students under the age of 24 who are accepted to Lyndon as new students are required to live on campus for two consecutive academic years.
- Those accepted as sophomores are required to live on campus for one academic year.
- Students whose permanent legal domiciles are within a reasonable daily commuting distance (we might consider specifying 25 miles or whatever we have used as a benchmark in the past) are exempted from living on campus.
- In extraordinary circumstances, application by letter may be made to the Dean of Student Affairs or designee to waive this residency requirement.
- Housing deposits received by May 1 will be guaranteed on-campus housing. Deposits received after May 1 are placed on a first-come, first-served basis.
How to Apply for Housing
The office of Residential Life at Lyndon works hard to assign rooms and roommates that will work well for incoming students.
In order to be assigned a room an incoming or transfer student must:
- Pay a housing deposit at student services
- Fill out a “Housing Contract and Application for New Students” here!
Once assigned a room you can view your residence hall assignment and roommate information at the “Find Your Housing Assignment” at LyndonState.edu/StudentLife.
If you have any difficulty applying for housing you can contact StudentLife@LyndonState.edu or call the Student Life Office at 802.626.6418.
Life in the Residence Halls
While living on campus can be a fun and rewarding, it also has its challenges. That’s why we make support available to our students.
The residence hall staff is ready to answer questions, discuss personal concerns, and assist in making residential life as comfortable and safe as possible.
Each set of residence halls has a live-in Residence Hall Director (RHD) and a staff of Resident Assistants (RA’s). RHD’s are professional staff members who hold undergraduate degrees and who have participated in a comprehensive training program.
Features of Residence Halls
All residence hall rooms are supplied with the following for each roommate:
- A twin bed
- Chest of drawers or wardrobe combination
Each room also contains:
- One cable TV jack
- One telephone jack and
- One internet jack & wifi internet
Each individual residence hall has its own character and attributes. All of our residence halls are designated non-smoking areas.
There are six residence halls located in the Stonehenge complex, Wheelock Hall located in the center of campus, the Rita Bole complex offers apartment-style housing for upper class students, and the Gray House affords a small number of upper-class students an experience similar to living in a house.
Information about Residence Halls
For first-year students under 21 years of age:
Located in the Stonehenge complex, Whitelaw and Crevecoeur are joined by a connecting entryway and serve as first year residence halls. Both of these buildings are suite-style residence halls with seven double rooms per suite with a kitchenette area (sink, refrigerator, and cabinets) and a bathroom. Whitelaw has seven suites and Crevecoeur has five. Whitelaw and Crevecoeur share a student lounge with a laundry room, game tables, television, and vending machines located on the first floor of Crevecoeur.
For first-year students over 21 years of age:
Located in the center of campus, Wheelock Hall is a mixed upper-class and first year building. The building has 14 suites with four rooms in each suite. The suites share a bathroom and common area that has lounge furniture and tables. The basement of the building has a kitchen (Stove, sink, refrigerator, and cabinets), laundry room, gaming tables, a bike rack, and study space.
Located in the Stonehenge complex, Arnold and Bayley Hall are joined by a connecting entryway and are mixed upper-class and first year buildings. Each building has suites that have seven student rooms (two singles, four doubles, and one triple) with 13 students per suite. Each suite is equipped with a kitchenette area (sink, refrigerator, and cabinets) and a bathroom. Arnold has six suites and Bayley has five. Located on the first floor of Arnold Hall is the student lounge, laundry room, game tables, television, and vending machines. In Arnold Hall there a floor is dedicated to transfer students. Bayley Hall is a 24-hour quiet hall, for those students who desire a lower-volume living experience.
For upper-class students:
Located in Stonehenge complex, Poland and Rogers Hall are connected residence halls offering upper-class residency. Each building has suites that have seven student rooms (two singles, four doubles, and one triple) with 13 students per suite. Each suite is equipped with a kitchenette area (sink, refrigerator, and cabinets) and a bathroom. Poland has six suites and Rogers has five. Located on the first floor of Rogers Hall is a student lounge, laundry room, game tables, television, and vending machines.
RITA BOLE COMPLEX
The newest residence hall complex on campus is named after Rita L. Bole, the first president of Lyndon State College. This residence hall offers apartment-style suites with six bedrooms, a living room, dining area, full kitchen, and two private bathrooms. There are twenty two suites housing six students each. All the bedrooms in Rita Bole are single rooms. The complex is also home to a student lounge, laundry room, game room, televisions, and a common lounge kitchen. These apartment suites have the option to be gender neutral; both men and women can live in the same suite.
GRAY HOUSE–SERVICE LEARNING HOUSING
Ten students live in the Gray House on campus, which offers a “house style” living environment. There are four single rooms and three double rooms, a kitchen, two living rooms, game tables, a laundry closet, and two bathrooms. For the 2015–2016 academic year, this housing option will be a ‘service learning housing’ environment where students who have applied to live here complete a specified number of service hours either on or off campus.
The First Year Team