What to Bring

Students are responsible for their personal needs and should bring personal items that will make their stay more comfortable, especially if they will remain on campus the entire time. Each room has only a bed, desk, chair, and closet for each student. Each student will also receive one pillow, one pillowcase, two sheets, one blanket, one towel, and one washcloth. Dorm rooms are basically empty except for furniture.


  • A positive attitude!
  • Clothes for both hot and cool weather and business attire for Poster Presentation Day and Closing Ceremony
  • Comfortable shoes (sneakers), sandals with back strap, and shower flip flops (flip flops are not allowed outside of dorms)
  • Toiletries or any other personal items (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Debit Card to use for washer/dryer (Debit cards can be pre-paid. Machines do not take cash.) Laundry detergent
  • Medications, e.g. Tylenol, Pepto Bismol (COSMOS staff will not be allowed to administer any medications so students should bring anything they may need.)
  • Spending money (for vending machines, bookstore, snacks, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Alarm clock
  • Swimsuit, sunscreen, beach towel
  • Backpack
  • Clothes hangers


  • Reusable water bottle (Highly recommended. There are filling stations across campus and in the dorms.)
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Sports equipment (such as a basketball, glove and ball, football, soccer ball, etc.)
  • Board games
  • Snacks (water, soft drinks, chips, microwave popcorn, granola bars, etc.)
  • Small fan (rooms do not have A/C)
  • Your favorite pillow! (Dorms provide a blanket, 2 sheets, pillow and pillowcase, one washcloth, and one towel. These items must be left on bed at checkout.)
  • Laptop computer or e-readers
  • Appropriate PG movies (No R-rated movies allowed!)

Do Not Bring

  • Your car! You will not be allowed to park on campus.
  • Valuables (No expensive watches, jewelry, lots of cash, etc.)
  • Weapons, fireworks, candles
  • Cigarettes, alcohol, e-cigs, vapes, or drugs
  • Skateboards, rollerblades, bicycles, or Razor scooters (or equivalent)
  • Pets (leave kitty with your family!)

The University will not be responsible for lost or stolen property in the residence halls.