Volume 1, Issue 5
Welcome from the Academic Deans
The academic deans enjoyed meeting families at orientation and welcoming students into their college journey. The transition to college is exciting and family members are important partners in their student’s success. Just a few tips:
Students hold the primary responsibility for their academic success:
- Time management skills are important to develop
- Support resources are available from many campus offices
- Classwork includes major courses, general education and electives
- View and review checksheets (program course requirements) and 8-semester planners on our website.
- Encourage students to go to class! Turn in assignments and take the tests
- Encourage students to complete the ALEKS and Foreign Language placements
- Encourage students to submit AP scores and Dual Credits transcripts
- Talk, text, chat, email, message, video call your student
- It’s like learning to ride a bicycle … keep moving forward toward goals
- Please view the academic deans’ presentation online.
Become a Peer Tutor
Tutoring Services is still recruiting peer tutors for Fall 2019. If your student is interested in this employment opportunity, have them visit our website for details. Direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the office in 30 Rohrbach Library.
Join a KU Band
The KU Marching Unit (KUMU) still has openings for brass and woodwind players. Part placement is determined by section leaders after you join. The KU bands are open to all KU students, regardless of degree program, during the 2019-2020 academic year. For further information on how to join the KU Bands (Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band or Marching), please email professor Daniel Neuenschwander at email@example.com. Register here.
Parent of a New Freshman?
The Success Academy may be a good fit for your student. Students benefit from the Success Academy program because it is designed to assist with the transition into college and the skills needed to be a successful college student. There is no cost associated with this program. Space in this program is limited to the first 150 students on a first-come, first-served basis. The Success Academy takes place August 21-23, a few days before the start of the fall semester. Visit the CASA website to learn more and register to attend at www.kutztown.edu/casa.
Administration and Finance
Fall 2019 Tuition, Fees, Housing and Meals Billing
The Board of Governors should be setting tuition rates mid-July, which will allow us to prepare the Fall 2019 semester bills. These will be online-only and include tuition, required fees, housing and meals (if assigned). Questions regarding housing and meal assignments should be directed to Housing and Dining Services. Bills will be due Monday, Aug. 5. Awarded aid is not used toward charges due, only pending aid is considered as valid payment. Payment plans made for a sufficient amount to cover the bill, less pending aid, are also considered as a valid payment. For those requesting funding from a 529/TAP account, please forward a copy of the confirmation page of the request to our office before the due date. The amount must be sufficient to cover the balance due after pending aid. Questions about financial aid should be directed to Financial Aid Services at 610-683-4077. More information regarding making payments and viewing the bills is online, along with detailed billing information.
Guide for First-Time Students
This webpage was created just for new students to KU; freshmen, transfer and graduate students alike. Great resources like additional funding options are here and ready for you to use!
Parking permits will be available for purchase online in MyParking in early-August. The cost is $30 for a semester or $50 for the year. After the vehicle is registered online, parking permits may be picked up in 107 Academic Forum when available. A KU ID or valid photo driver's license and the valid vehicle registration card must be shown to obtain a permit.
Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Hello Golden Bear families! The summer is moving quickly and before you know it, August will be here! Residence Life is excited to welcome all new and returning students to campus. Move-in days for returning students are Thursday, August 22, Friday, August 23, and Sunday, August 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. First-year students are scheduled to move-in Saturday, August 24. Information will be sent to all incoming freshmen in regards to their specific move-in time. Specifics about room dimensions and what you can and cannot have in the residence halls can be found on the residence life webpage. We look forward to seeing you in August!
Housing and Dining
2019-2020 On-Campus Housing Room Selection
All students will have their housing assignment completed by Tuesday, July 16. Students will receive an e-mail confirmation regarding their assignment mid-July.
Students seeking an exception to the residency-requirement policy can complete the residency-exception application on their MyKU Housing page, located under the applications tab. Note: some reasons for exception require a notarized document; please include all required attachments.
Meal Plan Selection
Students can select their meal plan by logging onto their MyKU Housing page and selecting the dining tab. Contact Housing and Dining Services for more information at 610-683-4027 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Meal plan selection dates are as follows:
- Returning Students: April 1-July 15
- New Students: July 3-15
- All students living in traditional halls are required to select a MyTime Dining 24/7 Meal Plan option.
University Relations and Athletics
Register Now for 13th Annual George Baldwin Maroon & Gold Football Golf Outing
The Kutztown University football team will host its 13th annual George Baldwin Maroon & Gold Football Golf Outing at 1 p.m., Friday, July 26, at the Rich Maiden Golf Course in Fleetwood, Pa. There is a limit of 36 foursomes, so register today! Entry fees, sponsorship information, and registration info can be found in the registration brochure. Thank you for your support.
KU Campus Store
When is the best time to purchase course materials?
Saturday, Aug. 3, is the best time to view your Virtual Shelf. By August, there typically are not changes to your student’s course schedule and we have received course material information from most faculty members. We will also have the largest amount of used copies available at this time, along with the best prices! Textbooks can be returned by Friday, Sept. 6, if it’s not needed.
Why purchase from KU Campus Store?
- As a non-profit affiliate of KU, our priority is student success and retention.
- Savings up to 80% off the price of new textbooks with a large selection of rental, used and digital materials.
- Full refunds for materials in original condition throughout the add/drop period.
- We contribute our surplus to student scholarships, activities and campus athletics.
- Our goal is for students to have access to the most affordable course materials available to support their academic success.
Thank You for Your Support
The Kutztown University Foundation announced a record $6.12 million raised in the fiscal year 2019 (FY19), which ran from July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019. "I want to sincerely thank all of those who have helped us make this a historic year for the Kutztown University Foundation," said Alex Ogeka, executive director. "Together we have shown the world what it means to be a Golden Bear." Read more. The record was met with a $1.75 million gift to the College of Visual and Performing Arts on June 11, the largest gift in the College's history. The project and donor will be announced later this summer. In addition to the record dollars raised, the Foundation recognized several achievements for FY19. View a complete list at www.kuf.org.
Dates to Know
Summer Session II Withdraw Period
Email sent to students regarding Fall 2019 payment
July 17 (approx.)
Last day to apply for Summer Session 2 Graduation
Last day to withdraw from a Summer 2 course.
Fall 2019 bills due
Persons with a disability, and who require accommodation, should notify the Disability Services Office two weeks prior to the event at 610-683-4108 or email DSO@kutztown.edu, TDD number: 610-683-4499, in order to discuss accommodations. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations.
Kutztown University does not discriminate in employment or educational opportunities on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status. To discuss a complaint of discrimination, please contact the University's Title IX Coordinator located in the Office of Social Equity, Old Main A-Wing, Room 02, by phone at 610-683-4700 or by email at email@example.com or the Office for Civil Rights located in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg., 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, by phone at 800-421-3481 (TDD: 800-877-8339), by fax at 202-453-6012, or by email at OCR@ed.gov.