Moving on Campus

Bear Pause Information

Pause… Are you ready to be a Bear? All students are required to participate in Bear Pause each semester to ensure all matters with admissions, the business office, financial aid, registration, and housing are in order prior to starting classes. Once a student is “cleared” by these various offices, they may check into their room with the Residence Life, participate in athletics and other activities, and attend classes.  

Please note: You may be denied access to housing, activities, and classes if clearance items are not completed by your Bear Pause date.

Bear Pause Dates are pending, below you can see the move in groups from the previous years.

Wednesday, August 2

  • Athletic Training
  • Dance
  • Football
  • Men’s Soccer
  • Women’s Soccer
  • Volleyball

Saturday, August 12

  • ACE Jump Start
  • Cheer
  • Archery
  • Men’s Golf
  • Women’s Golf

Tuesday, August 22

  • First Year Students

Saturday, August 26

  • Returning students

What to Bring

Below is a list of items that may be helpful as you prepare to move on campus. If you have questions about specific items, please refer to the Residence Life Guidelines. For additional information or questions, please call The Office of Residence Life at (606) 218-5224.


  • Computer or Laptop
  • Power Strip with a Surge Protector (Extension Cords are Not Permitted)
  • Television
  • Game Systems
  • Printer/Ink (Free Printing is Available in Allara Library)
  • All Chargers
  • HDMI Cable


  • Bedding, Sheets, Pillows, Blankets (All Beds are Size Twin XL, with the Exception of Derriana which are Twin)
  • Mattress Pad (Optional)


  • Can Opener
  • Eating Utensils, Plate, Bowl, Cup
  • Coffee Maker with an Automatic Shut Off
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator (Under 4 Cubic Ft.)


  • Carpet or Rug
  • Desk Lamp (Non-Halogen)
  • Hangers
  • Fan (All Residence Halls have AC)
  • Pictures/Posters/Decorations
  • Reading Light
  • Under Bed Storage Containers
  • Trash Can
  • Mirror
  • Air Freshener
  • Cleaning Supplies (Swiffer/Small Vacuum)

School Supplies

  • Backpack
  • Office Supplies (Pens, Paper, Note Books, Scissors, Sticky Notes, Etc.)
  • Mini-Stapler
  • Binders
  • Hole Punch
  • Planner/Calendar
  • Folders and Notebooks
  • Pens and Pencils
  • Loose-Leaf Paper
  • Index Cards
  • Highlighters


  • All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Bath Towels, Soaps, Robe, Etc.
  • First Aid Kit, Bandages, Aspirin
  • Hair Products, Hair Dryer
  • Personal Hygiene Items
  • Shower Shoes
  • Cosmetics


  • Clothes Drying Rack
  • Iron and Small Ironing Board
  • Laundry Bag (or Basket)
  • Laundry Soap
  • Dryer Sheets


  • Games, Sports Equipment
  • Postage Stamps
  • Storage Boxes
  • Umbrella
  • Sunglasses
  • Sleep Mask



  • Air Conditioners
  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Any Appliance with an Exposed Heating Coil (Toasters, Toaster Ovens, Etc.)
  • Burners or Hot Plates that Do Not have an Automatic Shutoff (Induction Burners are Permitted)
  • Candles or Incense (Tart Warmers are Permitted)
  • Double-Sided Foam Tape or Duct Tape
  • Electric Heaters
  • Fireworks, Explosives, Unsafe Chemicals
  • Full-Size Refrigerator
  • Halogen Lamps (i.e. Floor Lamps)
  • Pets (Fish are Permitted)
  • Waterbeds
  • Weapons (Including Toy Weapons such as Water Pistols, Nerf Guns, Etc.)
  • String Lights/Christmas Lights


Here are a few things that we recommend you leave at home:

  • Expensive Clothing and Jewelry
  • Off-Season Clothes
  • Large Pieces of Luggage


If you have questions about specific items, please refer to the Student Handbook. For additional information or questions, please call the Office of Residence Life at (606) 218-5224.


To download a pdf copy of the item list above please click here.

Meal Plan Options

All students living in the residence halls are required to purchase a residential student meal plan and may select from meal plan options while applying for housing. Meal plans are for use by the student and may not be sold or given to others. Costs associated with the university meal plan will not be refunded due to lack of use by the student. 

In rare cases, students with dietary needs stemming from medical necessity may be offered an exemption from mandatory enrollment in a meal plan; such requests will start with the Office of Residence Life and will require endorsement from Health Services and the food service provider in order to be approved. Meal plan information is available from the Office of Residence Life.

Early Arrival Requests 

Students wishing to arrive prior to their scheduled Bear Pause date (see the “Bear Pause Information” section for details).