CRAM 2013 FAQ
When should I arrive to CRAM and where should I go?
You should arrive for orientation on Saturday, June 15th, at the Recital Hall in the Smith-Hermanson Music Center. A reception with light refreshments will begin at 2:30 pm with the orientation program starting at 3:00 pm. Please be sure that you arrive early enough to pick up your orientation packet (just outside the Recital Hall) before the orientation begins. Residence Hall rooms in Swallow Robin Hall will not be open until after orientation, but early arrivals may leave student luggage in the downstairs lounge area. (The front door of the hall will be open, take the descending stairs to the right.) You are expected to be at orientation. Your parents and family are encouraged to join us for the orientation and to help you settle into the residence hall afterwards.
Note: Day-early arrivals are charged an additional $50 for housing.
Where will I live during CRAM?
You’ll be staying in Swallow Robin Hall and will be sharing your room with two roommates. The air-conditioned rooms include desks, beds, closets and a couple of dresser drawers per student. Coinless laundry facilities are available in the hall.
Will this be just like college?
Not totally – but close! Since most of the students attending are younger than eighteen, there are some general rules that apply to CRAM students that do not apply during the regular school year. We do, for example, observe a local curfew ordinance. You will be required to be in the residence hall (or other designated campus areas) before 11:00 pm on Sunday through Thursday evenings and before midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. CRAM includes regular college classes, identical residence and food service facilities and a Taylor experience typical in most ways. You will be very busy during the program and will not actually have a great deal of free time, although you will have some time each day. You will be expected to participate in all activities that are schedule for your CRAM experience. CRAM cannot accommodate visits from family or friends during the program.
What does a typical day look like at CRAM?
The three weeks at CRAM are full of many fun moments, but are not without a lot of hard work! The morning and early afternoon will consist of class time--God, Humanity, and Knowledge in the morning and your elective course in the afternoon. Study times are planned for most late weekday afternoons into evening. The library will be open from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. It is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. In the evening, you will participate in activities planned by the CRAM staff.
What type of activities will I be involved in outside of class?
During the week, CRAM students will be involved in dynamic small groups led by Taylor students. In these groups, students will explore the impact their identity in Christ demands in their lives, their community, and the world. You will be involved in social and service-type activities on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons. You will have access to the Student Union, which has pool tables, games and foosball.
How much and what kinds of interaction will I have with Taylor students?
We encourage you to interact with Taylor students as time allows. We feel that Taylor students who are taking summer classes play a small, but important, role in giving the CRAM students an excellent picture of what Taylor is all about.
Will there be supervision during CRAM?
CRAM is staffed to provide the appropriate supervision for all participants. Personnel Assistants will live on your floor. These positions are filled by highly qualified upperclassmen who have a previously held or currently hold leadership positions on campus. The Residence Hall Director is a faculty member who fills the exact same position throughout the school year with college students. His/her job is to supervise the Personnel Assistants and deal with emergency and discipline situations that may arise. Taylor faculty and administrators in turn supervise the Residence Life staff.
Are there any events during CRAM my family can attend?
In addition to orientation on June 15, we will host a closing banquet for the students, parents, faculty and staff of CRAM on Friday, July 5th. Families are strongly encouraged to join us for this culminating event. Students are free. Seating is available for family and friends at $11 per person. Please RSVP at Orientation.
When do I need to leave campus?
You may check out after the closing banquet on Friday, July 5, or you can stay overnight and check out on Saturday, July 5. You must leave campus by 10:00 am on Saturday.
What if I’m flying? How do I get to and from the airport?
We will pick you up at the Indianapolis or Fort Wayne airports only on Saturday, June 15 between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm. Your flight must plan to arrive between these times in order to be picked up. We will make return trips to the airports before 10:00 am on Saturday, July 6. To register for this service, fill out the Airport Shuttle Request Form.
What should I bring to CRAM?
- Pillow, blanket, and XL twin sheets
- Towels & other linens
- Sleeping bag for overnight service project
- Shower caddy and flip flops (for community bathrooms)
- Casual clothes
- Dress clothes for church
- Modest swimsuit (no Speedos or bikinis allowed)
- Bible & devotional materials
- Pens, pencils, paper, etc. (School supplies are not provided but can be purchased in the Campus Store)
- Laundry bag / hamper
- Laundry detergent
- Personal laptop computer
- Posters, pictures or rugs to make you feel at home
- MP3 player (optional)
- Flash Drive (optional--CRAM will provide at least 1)
- Tennis, racquetball or other sports equipment (optional)
- Musical instruments (optional)
What should I leave at home?
- Car (not allowed)*
- DVD player
- Play Stations, Xbox, or other gaming systems
*Exceptions are made for students who are driving themselves to and from CRAM. However, you are not allowed to drive your car during the program.
Are students really receiving an iPad mini?
Yes! Every CRAM student will receive a brand new iPad Mini™! Students will use the iPad Mini™ primarily for classroom textbooks. It is our goal that the iPad Mini™ enhances the academic experience and is used creatively for community-building in the residence hall. If the iPad Mini™ is damaged, lost, or stolen, Taylor will not be held liable or responsible to replace it. The iPad Mini™ becomes your personal property and must be taken care of accordingly.
What if I don’t own a personal laptop computer?
We are strongly encouraging students to bring their own laptop computers. You will have an EDU email address once you’re accepted and paid for CRAM. If you are interested in purchasing a laptop for CRAM and further use at college the following year, many companies offer discounts to students with EDU email addresses. If you do not own a laptop or are not interested in purchasing one, we will have a limited number available for loan for the duration of CRAM.
What can I wear during CRAM?
At Taylor, casual dress is the guideline for class attendance, residence hall and dining hall activities. However, “casual” is not meant to include seductively form-fitting or revealing clothing. Dress and grooming standards should respect personal boundaries and should not be distracting or attention grabbing. Walking shorts are permitted in class; however, athletic shorts are not. You should also bring a pair of athletic shoes, clothing appropriate for outdoor recreation and service projects, and a modest swimsuit. You will also want to pack some clothing appropriate for church and for the closing banquet (dressy, not formal).
How much spending money should I bring?
You only need spending money for toiletries, snacks and an occasional outing. Conservative spenders are encouraged to bring around $50 to cover extras, although this amount is not required.
The Campus Store will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. You can purchase school supplies, clothes, toiletries and snacks. If you are going to buy gifts from the Campus Store, please do this during opening or closing weekend. Although there is not a prevalent threat, it is a best practice to not carry around a lot of cash and to secure valuables during the program.
ATM’s (cash dispensing only) are provided on campus in the Dining Commons, Student Union, and Administration Building (PLUS System, Cirrus Network, and most other major ATM networks).
How much does the program cost and what does that include?
The program costs $1,250 with an additional $30 application fee. Every student receives a free tuition scholarship for the CRAM program, saving you approximately $1,500. The program costs include your room and board (lodging and food), books, and an iPad Mini™ that is yours to keep.
Why do I see payment due for tuition on my bill?
You will receive billing information that will list tuition, room and board costs. The tuition will be paid by the University, but we wait to see who actually attends before we make the payments. This means it will show up on your bill even though you will not need to pay any portion of it. Room and board charges ($1,250.00) are the responsibility of the student with payment due the first Monday of the program. You may want to arrange a means to make this payment with your parents. If you prefer, you can pay the room and board charges earlier by contacting the Bursar’s Office at (765) 998-5123.
Are there any forms I need to fill out?
You should have received two release forms with your acceptance materials. One is a general medical release form and the other pertains to Taylor’s ropes course on campus. Both forms must be signed by a parent/guardian and mailed to the Office of Admissions or brought to campus at the start of the program.
What if I still have questions?
Please contact Larry Kimball, CRAM Recruiter, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (765) 998-5336.