FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


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General

Perfect! We have a 13:1 student to professor ratio. You won’t be just a number or a face, but a real student with real interests and needs. You’ll learn from the best and work alongside experts in the field.

Yes. In addition to entrees that are regularly offered, students with specific dietary needs can work directly with the Director of Dining and the chefs to plan tailored menus. For more information about the Dining Hall, meal-plans, and cost, visit our Food & Dining webpage. Students can also join the Stone Soup Co-Op, a student-run organization where students prepare their own meals in a community setting. 

Diversity & Inclusion

Not at all. Around 50 percent of Hiram students are Pell eligible. Also, now in its second year, the AmeriCorps program at Hiram operates the Student Resource Center (SRC). The goal of the SRC is to reduce non-academic barriers to student success. The HAPPI Place stocks both food and personal care items for any student who needs them, regardless of financial need. The program is supported by employees, alumni, family, community, and student donations. Monthly shopping trips take students to local shopping centers.

While no place is truly free of discrimination, Hiram students are largely inclusive and tolerant people. The College enrolls 38 percent of students of color from both in and out of state. Students also initiated a Black Lives Matter mural on campus. Black Student Union tends to be a home away from home for Black and African American students and allies alike. Groups like BSU also bring student concerns to the attention of the Dean of Students, Student Senate, and campus administrators.

Campus Life

All of Hiram’s clubs and organizations are student-run. To find a current club you’d like to join, check out our updated list. If you don’t see a club you’re interested in, start one yourself! We walk students through the planning and proposal process, and guide and support them along the way.

Already, students on campus are buzzing with excitement about new clubs and leadership involvement that Notre Dame students may bring to campus!

If there is interest in playing and competing, an intramural or club sport can easily be created to provide students with that competitive outlet.

Hiram’s clubs and organizations participate in a range of philanthropic services projects. There are quite a few student-led service options: 

  • Veticus works with local veterinarians to operate a trap, spay, and neuter program to protect local feral cats 
  • Writers in Residence teach youths in the juvenile justice program to use writing as a therapeutic resource 
  • Athletes volunteer at professional sports games 
  • Students volunteer at the Hiram Farm and Maggie’s, a local donut shop which works with individuals with disabilities 
  • AmeriCorps operates a campus food pantry for students and coordinates regular volunteer opportunities at local food banks 

The Office of Campus Involvement (OCI) supports the work of 27 social, academic, and interest-based student clubs. If there isn’t a club that currently exists that meets your needs, you can easily create one. Several clubs are directly related to organizations offered at NDC. OCI also sponsors major events such as Homecoming, Springfest, and Senior Week. Outside of these events, trips go to Cleveland to visit Playhouse Square, local entertainment, and more. Students can also support one of our 23 NCAA DIII athletic teams at home or on the road. 

Hiram’s current student leaders are incredibly sensitive to all that Notre Dame students are adjusting to. There are many ongoing conversations about being inclusive and finding places and means to help new students continue their leadership legacy. Hiram is interested in what Notre Dame students are adding to our already exciting leadership culture so there will be opportunities for you to get involved at your comfort level. 

Although on a small campus, our student leaders are fun, welcoming, motivated, and impressive. For example, this year our Residence Life team was awarded the Most Spirited staff of the year and Program of the Year at the Northeast Ohio Housing Officers Conference (NEOHO), and our Student Senate was named Student Senate of the Year in the state of Ohio! We are proud of our students and look forward to including NDC students and their talents into this amazing atmosphere of friendship, partnership, service, and leadership. 

Hiram is a close-knit community that values belonging and inclusion. Our partnership with Notre Dame is sincere so we have pledged to take care of our new transfer students and to fully include each student as a member of the Hiram community. We already have resources in place to help ease your transition, including a leadership and involvement fair and one-on-one peer mentors who can serve as a resource and guide as you learn your way around. All students will find professors, staff, coaches, and teammates welcoming and able to provide resources. 

We are proud of our small class sizes which makes it easy to get to know the campus community and get involved. There will be plenty of support offered to you and your family, so we look forward to having you as a part of the Terrier team! 

Our successful nursing program comprises student athletes, student leaders, and individuals who study abroad, making it possible to participate in the full life of the campus while studying nursing. Not to mention, our nursing program also has a 100 percent passing rate on the state required NCLEX exam. 

Join the campus choir, jazz band, pep band, or just bring your instrument or voice to the stage at one of our talent nights. Karaoke is a favorite at Hiram! Feel free to join the theatre in both a performance and stage management capacity. It’s easy to seamlessly find your place in the arts at Hiram. 

Religious Life

Rev. Chris McCreight is the College’s chaplain and works closely with students of all faith backgrounds through personal contact and larger group sessions. Religious life at Hiram is what you make of it. We have multiple on-campus organizations that meet your spiritual needs (the Lighthouse, and an in-the-works Newman Club) as well as the Hiram Christian Church and St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Garrettsville.

Among students, many faiths are represented. The College offers an all-faith chapel that is managed by the College chaplain. Several clubs exist to provide unity and fellowship among students of specific faith practices. Faith-based clubs are highly dependent on the population present on campus, so it is common for students to organize a faith-based club along with their fellow practitioners. The College strongly encourages and supports the diverse advancement of spiritual life on campus and there is much excitement about the leadership that many Notre Dame students may bring to campus in this important area.  The College chaplain is also an excellent resource who can connect students with churches, synagogues, masjids, and other religious based resources that are located near Hiram. 

Residence Life & Commuter Services

There are many housing options ranging from traditional residence halls, suites with kitchens and private rooms, and campus townhouse apartments. Several residence halls have designated living spaces such as honors housing, first year buildings, binary and all gender floors, and common interest spaces. For more information, check out our Residence Life page. 

Attending to the needs of commuter students is a campus priority. Regardless of the distance, all commuters are welcome to be a part of our Commuter Activities Board, our thriving commuter lounge and activities center, and all campus leadership opportunities. There are also many resources available to commuter students including: 

  • Two Student Senate representatives 
  • Designated commuter parking lot 
  • Inclement weather lodging at no cost 

Hiram is located in a rural community. How do students without cars navigate? 

The Portage County bus system, known as PARTA, has three bus stops on campus. Students can ride all day for no more than $2. PARTA has a convenient app and bus tracking system. The bus stops in Garrettsville at Save-a-Lot, the IGA grocery store, and Dollar Tree. Through connecting routes, you can ride to Ravenna and Kent. Rides can also be coordinated in advance through Dial-a-Ride. A weekday route is provided to Cleveland and Akron.  

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