January 31, 2023

COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for NCC students living on campus

NCC Main Campus in Bethlehem.

Residence Hall on NCC’s Main Campus will return to normal capacity in the Fall semester and students planning to board must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Residents can opt out of getting vaccinated for medical, religious or philosophical reasons, but unvaccinated residents must complete an exemption from immunization form and continue to wear a mask on campus.

A recent survey showed that 93% of NCC faculty and 68% of registered students said they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. However, the survey did not indicate what percentage of vaccinated or unvaccinated students and faculty will be on campus in the Fall semester versus continuing to engage in remote learning.

“We will be about at 50% capacity unless we get a large uptick in interest and people apply over the next couple weeks,” said Ken Lastowka, Assistant Director of Housing. “We will be looking at probably around 300 people living on campus. Our full capacity is 578 beds.”

Rooms cost $2,950 per student, per semester and are shared by two students.

“Students will be primarily in a double,” Lastowka said. “We are exploring offering more single rooms, but are awaiting approval from upper administration.”

Students who are registered for at least nine credits can apply for housing. Applicants must pay a $125 housing application and deposit fee. Residents will receive a link via email to create a My Record Tracker account to upload their health records for NCC’s Health Center to review.

New residents have the choice between First Year Experience and Global Citizen communities. The First Year Experience Community is designed to help students transition to living on campus; Global Citizen Community seeks to create a diverse group of students to explore different cultures and beliefs. Applicants will fill out a questionnaire to search for roommates with similar preferences.

Resident students are required to purchase a meal plan. The options include the 19-Swipe Plan ($1,815 per semester) and the 14-Swipe Plan ($1,690). Both have a $200 Flex which can be used for snacks. Applicants should have their FAFSA, scholarships and any grant opportunities filled out.

New residents must complete an online orientation before selecting a move-in date. NCC is also planning on conducting in-person sessions on Sunday, Aug. 29.

Residents are encouraged to review the various checklists that can be found in the Campus Life section on northampton.edu, including: Items to Pack List, Prohibited Item List, Residence Life Handbook and Housing Checklist. The web page contains other important information, such as the parking registration form.

“I am looking forward to having in-person meetings with students again and going to more events on campus and not always being stuck on Zoom,” Lastowka said. “The in-person experiences and interactions are what I have missed most.”

Important Fall 2021 Dates:

Tuition & Fees Due—August 17, 2021

Move-in Dates—August 27-28, 2021 (new residents). August 29, 2021 (returning residents)

First Day of Class—August 30, 2021

For more housing information, email residencelife@nullnorthampton.edu.

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