New Student Information: What to Bring

August 23, 2021

Things to bring and things to leave at home for new students

You will all be arriving here in no time and we can’t wait! I am sure shopping is at the top of the list…clothes, room items, and decorations!

As you pack for school, remember you are sharing space, and it is limited. Your roommate? We are determining that now, and it is so exciting. You will meet them on Registration Day!

Your room? Each room has a closet, dresser, desk and chair, and a bed.

The Community Guide will provide you with more information. Here are a few things to start thinking of as you get ready to come to Gould:

What to Bring

  • A desk light
  • A power strip, or two!
  • Twin mattress cover
  • Alarm
  • Pillows
  • Blankets/quilt
  • Towels
  • Laundry bag
  • Shower basket (to keep shower items together)
  • Twin sheets (2 sets)

What not to Bring

  • Refrigerators
  • Microwaves
  • Hot pots
  • Heating appliances
  • Electric blankets
  • Sub-woofers
  • Decorative lights (Christmas string/icicle lights, spotlights, LED strip lights)
  • Nails and thumbtacks are not allowed in the walls
  • Candles

Some room organization tips:

  • Look for plastic containers designed for under-bed storage
  • Small sets of plastic drawers make great bedside tables/organizers
  • Multi-pocketed shoe holders to hang over a door are great, too

Classroom Dress Code



  • Blouses
  • Collared shirts
  • Turtlenecks (mock and regular)
  • Henleys
  • Gould sweatshirts
  • Knit sweaters
  • Fleeces


  • Pants/slacks (khakis, jeans, corduroys, dress slacks, Carhartts)
  • Skirts (mid-thigh or longer in length)
  • Dresses (mid-thigh or longer in length)
  • Shorts (5-inch inseam minimum)


  • Dress shoes
  • Sneakers
  • Boots
  • Leather/dress sandals


  • Gould sweatshirts
  • Fleeces
  • Down coats
  • Raincoats



  • T-shirts (unless worn as an undershirt)
  • Shirts that reveal skin of the torso (back, midriff, side, and lower chest), including tank tops, halter-tops, and off-the-shoulder tops
  • Non-Gould Sweatshirts
  • Outerwear jackets and coats within the classroom


  • Sweatpants
  • Yoga Pants
  • Leggings/Jeggings (leggings may be worn only if a skirt or dress of the correct length is worn over them)
  • Pajama bottoms
  • Athletic apparel


  • Plastic flip-flops
  • Athletic sandals
  • Shower sandals

Formal Dinner Dress Code


  • dresses (mid-thigh or longer in length)
  • blouses, dress slacks/khakis or skirts (mid-thigh or longer in length)
  • collared shirts/dress shirts, tie (optional)*, coat, dress slacks/khakis
  • dress shoes preferred
  • traditional formal wear from other cultures


  • any article of clothing that reveals skin of the torso (lower back, lower chest, midriff, side) including tank tops, halter tops, and off the shoulder tops
  • rompers or shorts (even when worn with formal shoes and knee socks)
  • dresses and skirts that do not reach mid-thigh
  • any shoe that does not meet the expectations of classroom dress

Students who arrive at a formal gathering not in formal dress will be sent back to the dorm or to their locker to change.


  • Washers and dryers are available for students to do their own laundry.

Lastly, I am sure you have many more questions for us! Feel free to email any questions you may have to

See you soon and happy shopping!


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