Frequently asked questions

The following information is based upon frequently asked questions. We hope it will help you prepare for the upcoming school year.

What is the housing deposit?

Each new student pays a $50 deposit with his/her matriculation fee. At the end of his/her senior year, or upon leaving Taylor, the student may apply to the Bursar’s Office to have the money refunded. Charges for damages to residence hall property and/or university administered facilities are deducted from the deposit.

What about student health insurance?

Taylor University has discontinued offering insurance as a result of the federal PPACA legislation. Students should obtain their own insurance if not covered under their family’s plan or another source. 

What arrangements are made for medical care?

Health care services are available to Taylor University students at the Health Center located at 1809 South Main Street which is across the street from the main entrance to campus. The Health Center’s hours of operation are M - F 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Students can schedule appointments by calling 765-660-7520; walk-ins are also accepted. Emergency services are provided by Marion General hospital.

Who can we as parents call for help or for information about our student?

The entire Student Development staff at Taylor is dedicated to meeting the needs of students, whether those needs are physical, spiritual, social, or academic. If you have questions, or if your student has a problem, you may call their residence hall director or the Dean of Students (Steve Morley, 765-998-5344). In the event of a serious problem, the school will notify you.

In case of emergencies, how can parents contact their student?

If you are unable to reach your student for an emergency, call Campus Police at 765-998-5555. This number is monitored 24 hours a day by an officer. They will then be able to notify your student’s hall director who will, in turn, contact the student.

What security precautions does the University take on campus?

The University employs a 24-hour police agency. Residence halls are locked each night at 11:00 p.m. with the exception of main entrances, which are locked at 1:00 a.m. and are unlocked at 6:00 a.m.

How is academic advising handled?

In August, prior to arrival on campus for the fall semester, new students are assigned to academic faculty advisors in their chosen field of study. Students may view advisor assignments via TOWER using the Taylor portal. Students are encouraged to attend departmental information meetings during Welcome Weekend where (1) they are introduced to departmental faculty and staff; (2) information is shared about academic programs within the department; and (3) curriculum requirements are described for each academic program.

In the fall, students will assume the primary responsibility for meeting with their academic advisors to develop and schedule their semester-by-semester courses needed to graduate within their chosen majors. For any advising questions, contact the Academic Advising office.

What about behavioral standards?

All students (single and married) are responsible for implementing the relational and behavioral expectations listed in the Life Together Covenant when the University is in session (beginning of first semester through the end of second semester and/or summer sessions), when they are part of a university program, and/or when they are living in University-approved housing. For additional information regarding behavioral and other university policies, see the Student Handbook - The Odyssey.

If you have any questions, please contact Shawnda Freer, Director of First Year Experience, at 765-998-4915 or