FAQs

General Questions

  1. Why is Orientation Mandatory?
  2. How long is Orientation?
  3. How do I register for Orientation?
  4. How much does Orientation cost?
  5. Can my family attend Orientation also?
  6. Is there a cost for my family to attend Orientation?
  7. When does Orientation begin?
  8. What should I bring to Orientation?
  9. Where can families stay while in Miami?
  10. Does Barry University provide transportation to and from the airport?
  11. How do I pay my enrollment deposit?
  12. Where do students stay during Orientation?
  13. What do I need to bring with me to Orientation?
  14. What if I cannot remember my login to the myBarry Account?

Academics

  1. Will I meet my advisor at Orientation?
  2. Will I register for classes during Orientation?
  3. I received a letter advising me that I need to placement test for English or Math (or both). Can I do this during Orientation?
  4. I think that my SAT/ACT English score does not accurately reflect my writing skills. Is it possible to take an English Placement test to see if I can test out of ENG 095?
  5. I received a letter notifying me that I need to take a Reading Comprehension test. What does this test consist of ?
  6. What is the purpose of the Math Placement Test?
  7. How long is the Math Placement Test?
  8. May I use a calculator on the Math Placement Test? What else will I need?
  9. Are preparation materials available for the Math Placement Test?
  10. I am a CAL student. Is there anything else I need to know in addition to what is in the orientation package?
  11. I must take a General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis (CHE 111) for my major. I understand I must take a placement test for this. Is this correct??

Student Health

  1. Do I need proof of immunizations to attend Barry University?
  2. Am I required to have insurance to attend classes at Barry University?
  3. Am I required to purchase the primary Barry Sponsored Student Insurance or can I use my own primary insurance?
  4. What insurance options are available to students?
  5. Do I have to be enrolled in the Student Insurance to be seen at the SHC for medical care?
  6. If I am not living in University provided housing or attending classes on an F1 or J1 visa, do I still have to provide proof of insurance or vaccinations to the SHC?
  7. If I get sick while I am at Barry, where do I go?

Moving On Campus

  1. If I'm living on campus, when will I move in?
  2. Can I move in earlier?
  3. Will there be staff to help me move in?
  4. Can I ship items to campus ahead of move-in?
  5. When do classes begin?

More Questions?

For more information regarding orientation, feel free to call Student Involvement at 305-899-3961 between 9:00am and 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time, Monday - Friday. Students and staff are available to answer your questions.

Answers

Why is Orientation Mandatory?

Orientation is the key to a successful transition into Barry University. Students will meet with academic advisors, schedule classes for the semester, order books, pick up their college ID, get a closer look at the residence halls, test out their commute (if living off campus), meet fellow classmates, and more.

If students do not attend orientation, then they would not be prepared for their fall semester on campus.

How long is Orientation?

We have specially designed a one-day program for our freshmen and transfer students who are local to the South Florida area. For freshmen students who are not local to the area, orientation is a two-and-a-half-day program. For transfer students who are not local to the area, orientation is a one-and-a-half day program. If you are an international student, orientation is a two-and-a-half-day program. For detailed information regarding orientation options, please visit the Schedule of Events page.

How do I register for Orientation?

Registering for Orientation is simple. Please login to your myBarry account, the account you created during your application process, and click on the link that says "Register for Orientation". Your enrollment deposit must be paid prior to registering for Orientation.

If you cannot access your account, please call Student Involvement at 305-899-3961, and someone will be happy to help.

How much does Orientation cost?

Once admitted to Barry University, you will be required to submit an enrollment deposit of $225 USD ($1,000 for international students). This enrollment deposit will secure your place in the incoming class. The deposit will be held in an escrow account and applied to your first semester at Barry. Should you desire a refund, the deadline for the fall term is May 1, and for the spring term the deadline is December 1. You must pay this enrollment deposit in order to attend orientation; this deposit covers all orientation expenses for students.

Can my family attend Orientation also?

In addition to the students' orientation schedule, family members can also participate in their own program. When you register for Orientation, make sure to include any and all of your family members who would like to attend.

Is there a cost for my family to attend Orientation?

Every new student attending Orientation is invited to bring up to two family members or guests, but it is not mandatory. Family members and/or guests will be charged $35.00 per person if they don’t stay on campus during orientation and $100 per person if they do. On-campus housing accommodations are only offered for Orientation III and IV. Payment of cash or check will be collected at orientation check-in.

When does Orientation begin?

Please check the Orientation Schedule of Events for detailed information as schedules differ depending on student (Freshmen, Transfer, International). Students are required to attend an orientation program and are not permitted to leave campus for the duration of the program. Early departure may interfere with your ability to register for your semester classes.

What should I bring to Orientation?

We have developed an Orientation Checklist. It is very important for students to review this checklist to guarantee everything is accounted for, including paperwork, identification, and what personal items to bring.

Where can families stay while in Miami?

Please check out our Travel Section for suggested hotels and other travel information.

Does Barry University provide transportation to and from local airports?

Barry University does not provide any sort of transportation to and from the local airports. For information regarding shuttle transportation, please visit our Travel Section.

How do I pay my enrollment deposit?

The best way to pay your enrollment deposit is through your myBarry Account. Once you login, there will be highlighted text that indicates how to pay for the deposit.

Another way to pay is through your admissions counselor. If there are any concerns or questions regarding the deposit, they will be more than happy to help you. If you do not know who your admissions counselor is, please call 305-899-3100 or 1-800-695-2279.

Where do students stay during Orientation?

All students who will be living on campus for the upcoming school year are expected to stay in the residence halls during Orientation. For students who will be commuting to campus during the school year, it is optional to stay on campus and spaces are limited. You can reserve your Orientation residence hall room when you register for the program.

What do I need to bring with me to Orientation?

Please check out our Orientation Checklist to ensure you do not forget anything when preparing for your Orientation visit.

What if I cannot remember my login to the myBarry Account?

If you have tried all possible emails to log in to your myBarry Account, and you are still unable to access your account, you may call Student Involvement at 305-899-3961 and someone will be happy to assist.

Will I meet with my advisor at Orientation?

Yes, you will meet your official academic advisor during Orientation.

Will I register for classes during Orientation?

Yes, you will register for classes after meeting with your academic advisor.

I received a letter advising me that I need to do a placement test for English or Math (or both). Can I do this during Orientation?

Yes. Students eligible to do a placement test can do so during orientation. The location of the testing room is in your orientation packet.

I think that my SAT/ACT English score does not accurately reflect my writing skills. Is it possible to take an English Placement test to see if I can test out of ENG 095?

According to the Barry University's policy, only those students whose SAT verbal scores are 470-480 or ACT English scores are 20-21 or those who do not have any scores at all are allowed to take an English Placement test. If you need more information on this matter, please email englishplacement@mail.barry.edu.

I received a letter notifying me that I need to take a Reading Comprehension test. What does this test consist of?

This 20-minute test consists of reading seven short passages and responding to 38 multiple-choice questions about the content of these passages.

What is the purpose of the Math Placement Test?

To identify Barry University mathematics courses that best match your current mathematics skills.

How long is the Math Placement Test?

No more than 1 (one) hour.

May I use a calculator on the Math Placement Test? What else will I need?

The use of calculators is not permitted. You need only a pencil and paper which will be provided to you at the test site.

Are preparation materials available for the Math Placement Test?

Yes. Please refer to the Math Placement Practice Test on the Barry University Math Lab Web site: http://student.barry.edu.ezproxy.barry.edu/mathlab/pdf/placement-practice.pdf

I am a CAL student. Is there anything else I need to know in addition to what is in the orientation package?

CAL students report to Garner 115 for advising and instructions regarding placement testing. CAL students are required to take ST010 instead of ORI 101.

I must take a General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis (CHE 111) for my major. I understand I must take a placement test for this. Is this correct??

Students who enroll in CHE 111 are required to take a Chemistry Placement Test to determine their first Chemistry course placement. The location of the testing room is in your orientation packet.

Do I need proof of immunizations to attend Barry University?

All students residing in any/all university provided housing must provide the following: proof of 2 MMR vaccines, 1 Tdap vaccine within the last 10 years, 1 Meningitis vaccine within the last 3-5 years; a copy of their private insurance card or enroll in the Barry sponsored insurance plan, the Required Health Information record, the Consent for Medical Treatment and the insurance waiver (for students on private insurance). Details on these requirements can be found on the web at www.barry.edu/health-services/.

Am I required to have insurance to attend classes at Barry University?

Although it is strongly recommended that all students have a health insurance plan, only those students who are residing in university provided housing, or are attending classes on and F1 or J1 visa, are required to provide proof of insurance. Some academic programs may also have an insurance requirement. For specifics regarding insurance for programs, please contact your program advisor.

Am I required to purchase the primary Barry Sponsored Student Insurance or can I use my own primary insurance?

If you have a private primary insurance policy that is comparable to the insurance plan sponsored by the university, and your insurance meets the waiver requirements, you are not required to purchase the Barry Sponsored Student Insurance plan. Please access myBarry to complete the insurance waiver.

What insurance options are available to students?

Barry University offers two insurance plans for students. The primary insurance plan is a nationwide plan designed to cover 100% of the costs for services provided at the SHC, as well as 80% coverage to in-network off-campus providers. The student supplemental plan is designed to cover only services provided at the SHC. The cost for this plan is $76.00 bi-annually. The supplemental plan is not designed to replace the need for your primary insurance plan, and cannot be purchased in addition to the Barry primary plan.

Do I have to be enrolled in the Student Insurance to be seen at the SHC for medical care?

All students regardless of their insurance status are eligible for an evaluation by a Registered Nurse, limited self-help medications and provider referral services at the SHC (there is no cost for these services). Students who have a private insurance plan but wish to utilize the SHC for primary care, may purchase the supplemental insurance plan, which covers in-house diagnostic testing and evaluation and treatment (including medications where applicable), by a Board Certified Family Practice Nurse Practitioner (by appointment only).

If I am not living in University provided housing or attending classes on an F1 or J1 visa, do I still have to provide proof of insurance or vaccinations to the SHC?

The SHC only requires students living in university provided housing or attending classes on an F1 or J1 visa to provide proof of insurance and vaccinations. Some academic programs may have insurance and vaccine requirements. It is strongly recommended that you verify your programs requirements with your academic counselor prior to attending classes.

If I get sick while I am at Barry, where do I go?

The Student Health Center is located in Landon 104. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9AM -5PM. After SHC office hours, contact the 24-hour Nurseline. The Nurseline is a national hotline and is available toll-free at 1-866-751-2723.For situations that threaten life or property and need IMMEDIATE attention, call 9-1-1 or Barry University Campus Security at (305) 899 – 3333.

If I'm living on campus, when will I move in?

All new students will move into their residence hall in August.

Can I move in early?

Students are not allowed to move in on an earlier date. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Will there be staff to help me move in?

There will be staff available while you are moving into your residence hall. However, please do not rely upon their help entirely. There will also be a number of carts and dollies available for use, but we encourage you to bring your own if you have one.

Can I ship items to campus ahead of move in?

Packages can be received about a week before classes are scheduled to begin. Please do not send any packages earlier.

Packages shouldn’t be shipped a month in advance. They will be returned to sender.

Packages should be mailed to:
Student's Name
Barry University
11300 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami Shores, FL 33161

Important Note: The mail center is requesting that incoming students note on their packages that they will be a "new student". This helps them to identify and hold mail for students that do not yet have a mailbox assignment.

When do classes begin?

Classes for Spring 2015 begin Monday, January 12, 2015. Please review the academic calendar for more important dates.

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