First Year Students

Policy waived for Spring '21 semester only. All first year students will be able to purchase a permit.

No one may purchase a parking permit for a car that is registered in the Department of Motor Vehicles to a first year resident student, a parent of a first year resident student, or anyone else who lives at the same address as the first year resident student. The Office of Parking and Mass Transit Services defines a freshman to be any first year college student. First year resident students who reside in University residence halls are also not permitted to park a vehicle at meters or in visitor lots.

Please note that anyone attempting to register a vehicle for a resident first year student is subject to referral to the Office of Community Standards. Both parties referred may be placed on disciplinary probation and prohibited from operating/parking a vehicle on campus for 1 year. In addition, any vehicle registered to a first year resident student will be ticketed and/or towed at the owner's expense, even if legally parked.

To be exempt from the Resident First Year Student Parking Policy, the student must have completed two full semesters at a college/university or be 21 years of age or older. Note however that freshmen who reside off-campus may register a vehicle on campus.

Pre-college credits, advanced placement credits, CLEP credits and the like are not relevant to this regulation. Any credit awarded for coursework taken prior to high school graduation, or during the summer following graduation, does not change student status as freshman or first year college student.

Students entering their second semester that obtain "sophomore status" by virtue of their registration are still considered first year students. The student must complete two full semesters at a college/university or be 21 years of age or older to be exempt from the ban. Students entering their second year (i.e. third semester) at the University are eligible to register a vehicle on campus even if they have not completed enough credits to obtain sophomore standing. They are no longer considered first year college students.

No exemptions will be made for students who have employment in the local area or at home. Students with medical considerations, after approval through the University Student Health Center, may be granted an exemption. Students with military obligations may be granted an exemption with supporting documentation from their commanding officer on military letterhead. Exemptions are granted on a semester basis.Verification must be provided to document the request. Renewals will not be granted if the student received a parking violation the previous semester.