International Student Services offers students who have been educated abroad the tools, guidance and instruction to engage and perform at their optimal level in the U.S. academic domain.
To that end, we provide a comprehensive pre-orientation program for entering students, one on one advising on the academic, social and personal challenges associated with living and learning in an unfamiliar culture, and continuing education on the immigration regulations, requirements and expectations pertinent to the non-immigrant student visa.
For more information on orientation for incoming international students, please visit Pre-O International Student Orientation.
What are important dates during the school year?
Please see the current Academic Calendar.
The Student Activity Office (SAO) also sends out weekly e-mails with listings of campus events and activities.
Where can I look up the class schedule?
Class scheduling is managed by the Registrar's Office, on the 2nd floor of the Doane Building. They provide an online class schedule for the upcoming semester, but if have further questions, please contact them.
Enrolled students can also look up your own class registration online at Self Service. After logging in select the student services tab, registration. Here you can see your schedule by week and see class offerings and much more.
Where can I add, drop or change classes?
You can add or drop a class online by clicking "Registration," under "Student Services" on Denison Self Service or by physically going to the Registrar's Office and filling out a drop/add form. The registrar's office is located on the 2nd floor of the Doane Administration building.
There are specific deadlines for adding and dropping classes. Please check the Academic Calendar for semester dates and deadlines.
How can I validate my IB, AP, or transfer credits?
The Registrar’s Office will be happy to assist you with validating your IB, AP, and transfer credits. In some cases, you also have to talk with, or get approval from, the relevant academic departments. The Registrar’s Office is located on the 2nd floor of Doane Building.
I'm having trouble with choosing classes. Whom should I talk to?
Your Academic Advisor is assigned in particular to help you with course selection, and your current professors may have useful ideas. Feedback from previous students also told us that consulting with upperclassmen especially within your intended major can sometimes be helpful.
How can I find a tutor to assist me with my coursework?
You can request free tutors for help with your classes from the Academic Support and Enrichment Office. Online requests can be made at: http://www.denison.edu/requestatutor.
For more information, please visit Academic Support's Tutoring page.
If you believe your difficulty with course work is mainly due to the challenge of reading or writing in English, you may wish to meet with a consultant in the Writing Center as well.
I have special needs or learning disabilities. Where can I get help?
The Academic Support and Enrichment Office is located on the 1st floor of Doane Building.
What is the Writing Center?
The Writing Center offers free assistance with your essays and papers. It also helps you on other writing-related aspects such as brainstorming, academic writing styles, proper citation, etc. Students may make an appointment online to meet with a Writing Center Consultant. International students may also request assistance.
The Writing Center is located on the 4th floor of Barney-Davis Hall. The Writing Center also offers walk-in sessions (no appointment needed) in the lobby of the Library. For more information, please visit the Writing Center.
Can I change my Academic Advisor?
Yes, in fact, a lot of students do after their first semester. Though technically any faculty member can be your advisor, most people would choose one within their major or minor. You can also have two advisors if it’s difficult for you to decide.
It is up to the student to find a new advisor and the change must be reported to the Registrar’s Office. The new advisor will need to sign the change of advisor form.
I still need to pay my tuition.
The Student Accounts Office will be happy to take your payment. Your first payment to the university must be paid prior to the first day of classes. All subsequent payments must be paid by the due date unless prior arrangements have been made with the Student Accounts Office.
The Student Accounts Office is located on the 1st floor of Doane Building. For more information, please visit Student Finances.
I went to the hospital and now have a medical bill. How can I use my insurance to pay for it?
International students often have Denison University Medical Insurance. Claim forms are available at the Cashier’s Office. The Student Accounts Office is located on the 1st floor of Doane Building.
I have questions about my scholarships and financial aid.
The Finanical Aid Office is located on the 3rd floor of Beth Eden (the white little house next to Swasey Chapel).
Where are the banks and ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines)?
The only on-campus ATM is on the 2nd floor of Slayter Hall, right next to the Bookstore. It’s with Park National Bank. If you have an account with other banks and would like to use this ATM, an ATM fee would usually be applied.
The common banks among Denison students are Park National Bank and Chase Bank. Huntington Bank and First Federal Savings & Loan are also located in Granville. They are all within walking distance from each other on Broadway in Granville downtown.
Where can I work on campus? How do I look for jobs?
Students often work in administrative and departmental offices, the Mitchell Sports Center, the Library, Computing Services, in labs, as tutors, in the dining halls, and more. It is often best to apply in person, although most offices have online applications to apply. There is healthy competition for campus jobs; try not to get discouraged!
One place that will get you started is the job listing on MyDenison, located under the ‘Student’ tab.
Have a roommate issue? Not satisfied with your room arrangement?
Always try to work it out with your roommate in person or talk to your Resident Assistant (RA) first. If you still believe only changing the room could solve the issue, you’ll have to go to the Residential Life Office and do it with proper paper work. It typically depends on the availability of vacant rooms.
At the beginning of the semester, there is a two week room freeze after which you can change locations depending on availability. There are very few single rooms and there is an extra charge.
Something's wrong with my room, i.e. the light bulb went out, the door knob doesn't work, or my ceiling leaks, yuck!
The Physical Plant takes care of facility problems. Give them a call at ext. 6264 or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org describing what the problem is. It may take a few days for them to send someone over, unless it is an emergency.
I don't need a comprehensive meal plan. Can I buy a less expensive one?
Yes, various meal plans range from the comprehensive one (unlimited access) to 10 meals per week. In general, the less money you pay, the fewer meals you get for a week. A detailed list of meal plans can be found at Dining Services.
When making a change, you have to fill out a form in the Residential Education & Housing office. Note that any change of meal plans has to be made in the first two weeks of the semester. Residential Education & Housing is located on the 1st floor of Doane Building.
What are the menus and facility hours for the dining halls?
The menu changes on a daily basis. Some standard options in addition to the "Day's Special" offers for each meal include cereals, omelets, hamburgers, pasta with tomato sauce, a salad bar, and a sandwich bar.
For detailed information on the menu and dining hours, log into MyDenison to find the daily menu on the lower right corner of the home tab.
I'm feeling sick. I need a doctor!
If classes are in session, Whisler, the Health Center, is the most convenient place to get treated. You will need to make an appointment to see the physician. Emergency is available 24 hours a day. Whisler is the building behind Huffman Dining Hall.
Where can I find information on legal issues regarding visas, immigration, work authorizations, etc?
For off-campus internships, visit Internships & Student Employment.
I have other questions about campus life. Whom can I ask?
Please direct your questions to our PISA’s (Peer International Student Advisors) and International Pre-O staff and they will be happy to answer them.
How can I send and receive mail and packages at Denison?
To send mail and packages, the most convenient way would be through the University Mailroom, which is located in the basement of Doane Building. Carriers of USPS (US Postal Services), Fedex and UPS are offered. Stamps can be purchased either in the University Mailroom or in the bookstore, 2nd floor of Slayter Hall.
Incoming mail and packages are usually delivered to your Slayter Box on the 2nd floor of Slayter Hall. You are also notified by your Denison email when you get packages.
You can also use the Granville Post Office, located in the downtown area, right across CVS, on Broadway.
Where can I use the Internet/computers on campus?
Curtis Service Center (West Quad) and Huffman Service Center (East Quad) have computer labs open 24 hours. There are also computer labs located on the 1st floor of Fellows Hall (currently under renovation), lobby in the Library (office hours only during the summer and breaks).
Where can I find wireless? I'm having trouble using the Internet.
Denison offers campus-wide wireless coverage, indoors and outdoors.
The help line for ITS (Information Technology Services) can be reached via extension 6395 or email@example.com. If you have more questions or need more information, please visit Computers & Technology. Also see their Incoming Student FAQ on all technology questions.
I want to swim, lift weights, play squash, basketball, etc. Where should I go?
The Mitchell Recreation Center on the north side of campus is open free of charge for students. There is a weight room and two aerobics rooms. There are also treadmills in a number of residence halls. The schedule for Mitchell changes depending on the season, but you can find it online under "Recreation" on DU Athletics.
I want to participate in a club or intramural sport. Where can I find more information?
Denison offers many opportunities for non-varsity athletes:
I want to find out more about summer opportunities, working on campus, the Summer Scholars Program, etc.
Check out the International Student Handbook online (pg. 25).