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First Year Experience: Let the Countdown Begin

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Common Questions to Surviving Your First Year at Mercy College


What are the fun events that happen during the school year?

We always have events and programs going on each week. Our biggest events are our Founder’s Day Festival in the beginning of September and Spring Fling in April with live entertainment, food and activities for all students. Each event takes place at the Dobbs Ferry Campus, but we do provide transportation for students from the other campuses.

What is the hardest thing about college besides academics?

One of the biggest challenges is how to manage your time. By managing your time correctly, you will be able to get your work done on time, go to class, have a part-time job and still be able to catch up on your favorite shows! If at any point you are feeling overwhelmed, make an appointment with your PACT mentor to help you figure out how to better manage your time!

How can a commuter get more involved in student life on campus?

In the beginning of each semester we have a student organization expo that takes place at all campuses where students can learn about and join any organization of interest. We have over 30 clubs which you can join, or if you would like to create your own club, Student Life services can help you start one!

How much free time will I have?

You will have as much free time as you allow yourself! Remember, you should be devoting at least 3 hours a week to each course outside of the classroom.

How do you balance academics and personal time?

There are many strategies to manage your time well. For example, create a calendar of all of your courses and study time; in the free spaces add time to relax! Additionally, the PACT office has many resources to assist with time management

Do I have access to all campuses at any time?

If you are a resident at Dobbs Ferry, you may come and go at any time, but be aware there is security on campus 24/7 and may be active at the booth at the front of campus. Commuters have access to all campuses generally between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. during the week and for most of the day on weekends — hours vary depending on holidays, events, etc., so we recommend contacting Campus Security for exact hours. The Library and other offices post their hours on their respective web pages on

Who do we talk to if we want to confide in someone in private?

The Counseling Center is a great resource if you would like to confide in someone privately. To schedule a new appointment or for general inquiries please call (914) 888-5150.

What if I get sick?

If you are sick and you have class, send an email to the professor before the course starts letting them know you will not be attending that day. At Dobbs Ferry, you can visit the Health Office at Main Hall, Room 127. Find more information about local health and emergency facilities on the Health Office page.


How do you successfully take thorough notes for longer classes?

If you are taking 2- or 3-hour classes during the week, we advise you to get rest before class. Be sure to stay hydrated and eat before to keep your energy up and your brain awake. Prepare some snacks to eat during the class and you can even stop by the café in Hudson Hall to grab a quick coffee on the go!

How often do you meet with your PACT mentor?

Students are expected to meet with their counselors twice a month.

What is an average class size?

The average class size is about 25 students.

How many classes can you take during a term?

It is suggested that students take 5 courses or 14–16 credits each semester to stay on track to graduate in four years.

Are there required courses for incoming students?

Incoming students are required to complete Math and English in their first year.

Are there tutors available to help with courses?

Yes! The Center for Academic Excellence and Innovation has tutors for many different areas of study.

Would it better to buy or rent books?

If it is a textbook you feel you will not use again, renting is the way to go! But if you feel that the book may be valuable to you in the future, buy it!

Will you be able to take classes at other campuses?

Absolutely! Not all courses are offered at all three campuses, but when registering let your PACT mentor know if you’d like to take a course at a different campus and they can assist with adding that to your schedule.

Where can I find more information about internships?

We have different resources that you can use. Visit our Career Services Center where our staff will not only help prepare for an internship, but potentially even get offered a position at the end of graduation. We also have our Career Mavericks portal which lists paid internships located around each campus.

How do you change your major and what time period is it good to change?

You can change your major by filling a change of major form out with your PACT mentor. The best time to change your major is during the open registration period.

Who do I speak to about studying abroad?  When are you able to study abroad?

To study abroad you would contact Sheila Gersh at You can study abroad after having completed 24 credits or two semesters at Mercy.

How do you sign up for classes on your own?

You can register for classes through Mercy Connect but we encourage all of our students to meet with their PACT mentor to pre-register.