Panther Days and Orientation

Our new student orientation program is designed to introduce you to all the academic and student services that will support you and help you maximize your potential while you’re a student at Plymouth State.

Beginning after move-in, Panther Days is your opportunity to build your community by meeting your classmates, faculty, and staff, learn more about PSU policies and resources, and adjust to living on campus before classes start! You will be assigned to an Orientation Group. Your Orientation Leader, a PSU upperclassman who has been in your shoes, leads each group. Together you will move through the Panther Days experience together!

The Orientation Map

For more information contact PSU-Orientation@plymouth.edu.

ResourcesFrequently Asked QuestionsCampus Lingo
PASS Office & TRIO

The primary goal of Plymouth Academic Support Services (PASS) is to collaborate with undergraduate students in becoming efficient, independent learners. Our program components of TRIO Student Support Services and Tutoring are designed to engage students in developing effective learning strategies and skills to enable them to enjoy academic success. Click here for more information.

Contact Information:

-Email: ksomma@plymouth.edu  

-Phone: 603-535-2270

-Webpage: Click Here

Lamson Library

Lamson Library is located on the south side of campus over by Boyd Science Center and Pemigewasset Hall. Lamson Library is a great getaway to get group projects accomplished or even just finding a quiet place to get work done. Services that are available through the library include the Resource Desk which aids with papers and projects, the IT Help Desk which assists with technological issues, the Writing Center is located within the bottom floor of the library, you can rent out resources from laptops, chargers, books and even sewing machines. This is also a great spot to print out and copy materials. Commons Café is located as you walk into the library where you can grab a refreshment or a snack.

ITS Help Desk

Contact Information:

-Phone: 603-535-2929

-Webpage: Click Here

Writing Center

The Writing Center is located on the Lower Level of Lamson Library. The services that are offered are available through either 1:1 or in small groups to aid with papers, presentations, resumes, etc.

Contact Information:

-Email: jlweber@plymouth.edu

-Phone: 603-535-2831

-Webpage: Click Here

Study Away

Study Away is located within Speare in room 118. This a great department if you are interested or looking into studying abroad for a semester because they can assist with expenses, offers grants and scholarships to be able to participate in the programs and it’s a great way to explore new cultures while continuing your degree.

Career Services

Career Services is a great resource for no matter what year you are here at Plymouth State. Located in Speare 108, the department aids with resume building and reviewing, assisting in the search for internships or on/off campus employment, networking or finding work after graduating. Programming is also hosting to aid in these areas as well. It’s also a great way to be able to be engaged on campus.

Counseling Center

Counseling Center which is located across from Hyde Hall provides not only individual services for students, but also provides group services as well. There are also counselors that assist within specific areas as well including anxiety, stress, and alcohol.

Contact Information:

-Phone: 603-535-2461

-Webpage: Click Here

Campus Accessibility Services

Campus Accessibility Services (CAS), located in the Speare Admin Building, provides academic accommodations for students with documented disabilities/diagnoses. If a student previously had a 504 plan, an IEP, or a medical diagnosis they could be eligible for academic accommodations through our office. Students will meet with CAS staff for an interactive process to establish accommodations. CAS staff will also assist with specific housing accommodations if they are necessary due to the students’ diagnosis. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, please review our website: https://campus.plymouth.edu/accessibility-services/

Plymouth State University is committed to achieving equal educational opportunity and full participation for students with disabilities. Assurance of this opportunity rests upon legal foundations established by federal law, specifically the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 including Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008. By federal law, a person with a disability is any person who: has a physical or mental impairment, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. We are committed to helping students to maximize their potential while helping them to develop and maintain independence through self-determination and self-advocacy.

Contact Information:

-Email: lbpage@plymouth.edu

-Phone: 603-535-3300

-Webpage: Click Here

Health Services

Health Services is located at 12 Merrill St. or within the Mary Taylor House. Services that are provided are immunizations, STI testing, reproductive healthcare, flu shots, physicals, sports clearances, illness and injury treatment, as well as continuous care for chronic conditions. Health Services also works closely with the Counseling Center in certain cases.

Contact Information:

-Phone: 603-535-2350

-Webpage: Click Here

Student Support Foundation

Located within the Hartman Union Building in the Office of Community Impact is a service for all students. Their main mission is to keep students in school during short term emergencies and provide long term student support. They also have food pantries as well as a Community Cupboard which allows students access to food and/or supplies in a time of need. SSF also provides technical, textbook and emergency financial assistance to students.

Contact Information:

-Email: psu-sfs@plymouth.edu

-Phone: 603-535-2338

-Webpage: Click Here

Pre-Arrival Programs
TRIO

Please look at the information under the Resources tab.

Ascent

You can contact Scott Coykendall, srcoykendall@plymouth.edu, about more information on the program or join an information session while you’re here for orientation.

New Student Experience (Orientation & New Student Programming)

Our New Student Experience Office is designed to introduce you to all the academic, social, and student services that will support you and help you maximize your potential while you’re a student at Plymouth State.

Contact Information:

-Email: psu-orientation@plymouth.edu

-Phone: 603-535-3000

-Webpage: Click Here

Parent & Family Resources

Click here to learn more about Plymouth State’s parent & family resources.

Where do I find parking permits?

Parking permits can be purchased either over the phone or online with University Police. For incoming first year students parking for the school year is at the Ice Arena on our Holderness Campus.

What are the First-Year Residential Halls?

First-Year students live in one of eight Residential Halls which include Geneva Smith, Grafton, Mary Lyon, Blair, Pemigewasset and Belknap. Keep an eye out on your housing application to check on updates for housing assignments. More information here.

How do I access the WIFI?

For internet access on your phone or laptop you access through the network eduroam and the username is your full email and password being your myPlymouth password. For TVs and other devices, they need to be registered before gaining access to the network. When you are on the website to register the devices, you click on the non-browsing devices and fill out the information. For non-PSU personnel the network is PSU Open that can be used while visiting campus.

Where should I park?

First-Year students park at the Ice Arena on Holderness Campus. There are shuttles that go to and from Ice Arena back onto Main Campus. NextBus is an app that should be downloaded to see the status of the shuttle.

How do I get mail on campus?

Regular mail can be picked up in your HUB suite box. To find your suite number please do the following:

  1. Log into myPlymouth
  2. Go to Services Tab
  3. Scroll to Personal Information
  4. Click on HUB Suite combination which will have the suite number and combination (this doesn’t change)

To receive mail, send mail to the following address:

19 Highland Ave
Suite #
Plymouth, NH 03264

For Packages:

  1. Mail Center will send you an email
  2. Pick up the package during Mail Center hours
  3. Tell them your suite number to pick up the package
  4. Hand over your ID to be scanned to show you picked up your package
What are the Meal Plans?

All first-year students, except unless other accommodations are made, have an unlimited meal plan plus $100 in FlexCash. Meal plans are in place when you move onto campus. Menus can be found on the DineOn app or on the website. Any questions you can email meal-plans@plymouth.edu.

For more information, please click this link.

How do I do my laundry on campus?

For laundry on campus, download the Speed Queen app on your personal device and create an account. Once an account is created then use the code PSULND to be able to reach the washers and dryers in your residential hall.

I need to submit a work order, how do I do that?

To submit:

  1. Log into myPlymouth
  2. Go to Services Tab
  3. On the right-hand side look under Physical Plant Services
  4. Click on Student Work Order for Physical Plant
  5. Create an account
  6. Fill out the order (ex. Lights not working, curtain broke, shade missing, etc.)
  7. At the bottom of the form put in the submittal password panthers
I'm having a conflict with my roommate, what should I do?

Please get in touch with your or a Community Advisor within your building to talk about the issue. If any other issues occur, then please call the duty phones of the building. Duty phone numbers are for student use only.

How do families sign up for emails from PSU?

Parents, families, and loved ones can sign up for email communications from Plymouth State by creating an account on our Parent Loop page. This account will keep you up-to-date on campus happenings as well as tips and tricks on how to support your student. Additionally, you can choose how often you hear from us! Please click here to create an account.

Do I have to complete Online Orientation if I attend June Orientation?

Yes! Our orientation program consists of three important, and different steps to prepare you for your time with us at Plymouth State. All new students should complete online orientation in addition to attending June Orientation and Panther Days.

I am unable to access my PSU email account; what should I do?

If you cannot access your Plymouth State email, please contact the IT Help Desk at (603) 535-2929 for assistance.

Where can I find what classes are required for my major?

To find the classes required for each major, and the suggested order that you take them in, check out our course catalog by clicking here.

Can my student change dorm rooms? Can they get a single? There are concerns with the roommate(s)

Residential Life strives to support conditions where students can live, learn, and grow together—but we understand that not all roommates will be a perfect match.  We start each year with roommate agreements—a 2-part process involving a self-reflection about living expectations, followed by a meeting with all roommates facilitated by a member of the Residential Life staff.  If a student is struggling with their roommate(s)/living situation, they can reach out to their Community Advisor (“CA”-student/peer staff) or Community Director (“CD”-professional staff).  The staff member will work with your student, facilitate a mediation, and assist should a change need to be made. 

Often, there may not be conflict in the room, but students will make friends and seek to live together elsewhere after they are assigned—or realize they just may want to live alone.  When this occurs, they have the option to move into an available space (we call this a vacancy) or add their names to the waitlist for a fully open room to move into.  These forms can all be found on the Residential Life website under “Forms & Policies.”

My student says there are limited options at Prospect Dining Hall and has been purchasing food at off-campus locations, but we are paying for a meal plan. What are our options?

PSU Dining recognizes that sometimes there isn’t anything like a home cooked meal and for some, the transition to college life can be difficult. We strive to ease that transition with the quality of food and offerings available at all meal periods. We truly want all guests to have an enjoyable dining experience every time they walk through the doors.

With over seven stations to choose from, there really is something for everyone to enjoy. Here is a list of our stations to review with your student:

  • FYUL: Our wellness station that is free of all nine major allergens and gluten. All food is chef prepared at the station to avoid cross contamination.
  • Chef’s Table: Our Chef’s Table provides guests with daily, made-to-order options, breakfast all day, and now offers avoiding-gluten meal options.
  • Homestyle: Daily cuisine specials are offered from all over the world and includes vegan and vegetarian options.
  • Grille: For guests craving some good ol’ comfort food they can find fresh-made burgers, hotdogs, chicken tenders, fries, and daily specials such as a Cuban panini, Rueben sandwich, or quesadilla.  
  • Pizza and Pasta: This line offers two homemade pasta options, and all the fresh, handmade pizza you could want. (Avoiding-gluten options can be found on our FYUL line.) In the evening, guests can create their own pasta dish with various toppings and sauces.
  • Soup and Salad: Features two daily soup options, a sandwich making station (including a panini press), and a salad bar with fruit, yogurt, an assortment of salad ingredients, condiments, and dressings.
  • Dessert: Filled with baked-daily cookies, brownies, muffins, pastries, cakes, and more, alongside our Gilford’s ice cream cooler.

In addition to all the above stations, Prospect Dining Hall has many other features such as a hot sauce bar, spice rack, non-dairy milk alternatives, bagel, toast, & cereal station, and stive to add new features every semester.

We invite students and families that express concern over meal offerings to speak with a PSU Dining manager and/or Amanda Grazioso, Director of Student Life and Dining Services, to discuss options and how the dining team could accommodate.

My student has a food allergy or is Kosher/vegetarian/vegan. How will they be accommodated?

PSU Dining is happy to accommodate guests that have specialized nutrition concerns including dietary restrictions, severe food allergies, or celiac disease and require food and service to be clear of allergen cross-contact. A dedicated area at Prospect Dining Hall called FYUL, our wellness station, is free of all nine major allergens and gluten.  In addition, our Chef’s Table station can provide grilled food options that avoid gluten. We offer a variety of vegetarian and vegan options at many of our stations daily and welcome guests to provide feedback for additional offerings.

PSU Dining realizes how seriously food allergies, specific dietary restrictions and special diets can affect the quality of our students’ campus experience. Students can contact our Registered Dietitian Alyssa Fernandes at alyssa.fernandez@compass-usa.com or request to speak to our Director of Residential Life & Dining Services, Amanda Grazioso to discuss any concerns or special dietary needs.

My student is struggling academically. What can the university do to help?

Your student should contact the Office of the Academic Student Advocate in Frost House. Based on the specific issues your student is facing, our Academic Student Advocate can offer advice and support, help your student communicate with faculty, and facilitate connecting with other appropriate campus support services.  

My child is stressed out or having mental-health problems. Whom can be contacted?

If you are concerned about your student’s immediate safety or life safety, call 911 or PSU Campus Police at 1-603-535-2330. 

If you are concerned about your student and would like to request that PSU staff possibly reach out to them and possibly refer them to support services, you could consider completing a CARE Form online with the Frost House (https://www.plymouth.edu/current-students/student-success/care-support/), or call the Frost House at 1-603-535-2206. 

If your student is in an emotional crisis they can call the PSU Counseling Center during business hours at 1-603-535-2461.  If they are in an emotional crisis after hours, they can call the NH Rapid Response/Lakes Region Mental Health Center at 1-833-710-6477 or 1-603-524-1100 (option 9), dial 911, or go to Speare Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Room. 

If your student is interested in individual or group counseling services at PSU, you can encourage your student to go to the PSU Counseling Center or call them at 1-603-535-2461.  The PSU Counseling Center treatment services have a brief/short-term model and are goal-focused.  The PSU Counseling Center also provides consultation services to parents/guardians and can help suggest referrals to possible resources.  You and your student can learn more about the PSU Counseling Center services at their website https://campus.plymouth.edu/counseling/.  

You might also suggest to your student the possibility of them downloading and using the WellTrack app, which is an interactive self-help therapy app.  The app is free to all PSU students when they use their PSU email to log in.  The WellTrack app provides various self-help therapy tools.  The WellTrack app also provides referral information to various PSU and community resources for various challenges students might face (i.e. academic, financial, sexual violence, addiction, health and wellness, safety and security, community involvement/making connections, and career support).   

 

HUB – Hartman Union Building

D-Hall – Prospect Dining Hall

OL – Orientation Leader

CA – Community Advisor (Residential Hall Student Staff)

CD – Community Director (Residential Hall Professional Staff)

D&M – Draper & Maynard Academic Building

HHPC – Health & Human Performance Center