OSST: Orientation Checklist

Contact: Mr. Ernest Elliott, OSST Phone: (202) 806-4029 orientation@howard.edu

Below is a list that you can use as a guide to help you prepare for and campus and residence life. Look over this check-list to make sure you have completed all of the essentials and that you are aware of all important information. NOTE: Rooms in the residence halls are smaller than regular rooms; please pack accordingly.

OSST Programs

Upcoming OUS Events

Sept 01 Due Date: Howard Deadline for UK Fellowships (Rhodes/ Marshall) Campus-wide
Sept 08 Due Date: Howard Deadline for UK Fellowships (Schwarzman/ Knight-Hennessy) Campus-wide
Sept 15 Due Date: Howard Deadline for Fulbright U.S. Student Program Campus-wide

Shopping Near Campus

Before Leaving Home …

Don’t Forget To …

  • Bring photo identification when you come to check-in.
  • Clearly print your name and address on all shipped luggage.
  • NOT bring a microwave or other electrical cooking appliances; they are not permitted in the residence halls.
  • Bring a copy of all pending documents (e.g. transcripts, syllabi, etc), if you are a transfer student. The University’s Undergraduate Transfer Credit Policy is available online.
  • Make an inventory list of the property you’re bringing to campus. Make a duplicate list of all items that contains each item’s serial number, where applicable; leave one copy at home and keep the other copy with you. If you have valuable property that doesn’t have a serial number, use an engraver to mark it with your name and ID number.
  • Check with your parents’ insurance company to see if your property is covered while away at college.

Preparing for Campus Life …

“What Should I Bring?” checklist


  • Quilt/ comforter/ blanket
  • Clothes hangers
  • 2 pillows
  • Extra long, twin-sized linens (2 sets)
  • Towels (3 of each: bath, hand, face)
  • Laundry bag/ basket
  • Laundry detergent

    Clothing Guide

  • 21 pairs of underwear
  • 7 pairs of pants/ jeans
  • 14 shirts/ blouses
  • 2 sets of sweats
  • 2 sets of pajamas
  • Slippers/ flip-flops
  • 2 sweaters
  • Light and heavy jackets
  • Gloves, scarf, and hat
  • 1 pair of boots
  • 2 sets of business attire
  • 1 set of semi-formal attire
  • 1 pair of dress shoes
  • 2 pairs of sneakers or walking shoes
  • 21 pairs of socks (more if you play sports)

    Room Items

  • Alarm clock
  • Small lamp
  • Wastebasket
  • Fan
  • Computer and printer
  • Surge protector
  • Telephone
  • Assignment book
  • Calendar
  • Stapler
  • Notebook paper
  • Pens, pencils
  • Pocket folders
  • 3-ring binders
  • 3 x 5 index cards
  • Highlighters
  • Post-It notes
  • Dictionary/ thesaurus
  • Stamps and envelopes
  • TV, DVD player, stereo
  • Cable and ethernet cords
  • Bulletin or dry-erase board
  • Under-the-bed storage tray

    Toiletries / Other

  • All medical prescriptions
  • First-aid kit
  • Vitamins
  • Shower tote
  • Shower shoes
  • Pain relievers
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Plastic forks, knives, and spoons
  • Plastic plates, bowls, & cups
  • Umbrella

Stay in the Loop …

If you haven’t already done so, sign up for our newsletter at http://ous.howard.edu/newsletters; signup is quick and ensures that you get up-to-date orientation schedules, academic tips, merit award deadlines, and other information from the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

Feel free to look around our website to become familiar with the programs and services we offer, and continue to monitor the orientation page for updates and additional information.

There’s also a newsletter for parents, so feel free to forward this to them as well.

See you soon!

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