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Enrollment Handbook

Campus Life

You didn't apply to York College because you wanted to spend your college days doing nothing but going straight to and from class. You wanted more. If you look at our most successful students, they are the ones who get involved early, even if it's just signing up for a club.

By now, you know York doesn't play around when it comes to giving you lots to do. But that only goes so far. Whether you're living here or commuting, you have to make the effort to be involved - and we have people here to make that as fruitful and fun as possible.

A group of Spartan help work on a community garden for Spartan Service Day 2015.

What should I do while I'm here?

  • Life on campus

    What should you do on campus?

    Maximizing Your Time Outside the Classroom

    The stress of starting college can cause some students to retreat. Do the opposite. Rather than hunker down in your residence hall or parent's house, stop by the ever-popular bingo nights or hypnotist shows. Invite a friend to try the rock-climbing wall. It's not academics-or-nothing. Balance helps!

    Clubs and Organizations

    There are over 100 clubs and organizations on campus, which means you have more than 100 ways you can get involved on campus. We assure you, getting involved will be a pillar experience for you as a York College Spartan. That’s why the Student Activities and Orientation Office host the Involvement Fair during your first week on campus. Get a head start and check out the social media pages of these popular organizations and offices on campus.


    Alumni Office

    Best Buddies 


    Campus Activities Board (C.A.B.) 

    Campus Recreation

    Greek Life 


    Student Diversity and Inclusion 



    Residence Life

    Student Senate

    Study Abroad



    York College (main account)

    York College Athletics 

    York College Orientation 

  • Parking, shuttles, safety and more

    Where you park, how you get around, how we keep you safe and more

    Campus Safety

    We’re committed to maintaining a safe and secure learning environment for the York College community. The Campus Safety Office manages campus parking, YCP ID cards, crime prevention, fire safety, and all emergency management. The office is located in Manor Northeast Lobby.

    Mark this down: Program the Campus Safety phone number into your phone: 717.815.1314. From help with a dead battery to reacting to an emergency, you want them handy.

    Stay connected with Campus Safety 24/7 by downloading the free LiveSafe app from the App Store or Google Play to your mobile devices. Your family can do it, too!

    You’ll be able to:

    1. Share info
    2. Request Assistance
    3. Receive Alerts
    4. Request an escort
    5. Share your location

    Campus Shuttle

    Our campus shuttle is a free and easy way for you to get around York College. A live shuttle map is available at https://ycpshuttle.ridesystems.net The campus shuttle transports students between Main Campus, West Campus, and North Campus, as well as several area destinations, such as to our downtown York location at Marketview Arts and for First Friday celebrations in Royal Square.

    Tip: The shuttle schedule is always posted, but allow yourself extra time if you’re heading to class in case of a delay. Using the shuttle can help if you need to park further away from class.

    Clery Act 

    Consistent with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, York College provides information regarding campus security policies and relevant statistics here: https://www.ycp.edu/clery-act 


    Commuters and residents all need parking permits. Parking lots all are marked for specific parking designations. Be careful not to park where you’re not supposed to — it’s a quick path to a ticket!

    We do have shuttles that can take you around campus. Make sure to factor in shuttle time if you’re trying to time how early to leave for class.

    Get a quick parking reference here by clicking "Parking" on the virtual map: https://map.ycp.edu/

    3 Steps to Park on Campus

    1. Review our traffic and parking regulations (so there are no surprises!)
    2. Pre-register your vehicle and apply online in your College portal. Select the blue MyParking icon. You can also pay with cash or check in the Business Office.
    3. Bring the printed receipt and temporary parking permit to the Campus Safety Office during business hours or during summer orientation. You’ll also need vehicle registration, your student identification card (you get this here, too!), and driver’s license. The permit lasts all year.

    The Campus Safety section has more info about the Emergency Alert System, security reports, services and programs, campus maps, and additional ways we make York College safe for everyone.


    Campus Safety
    Manor Northeast Lobby

  • ID card

    Your Campus ID/Flex Card

    All full-time and part-time students are required to obtain an identification card, which has multiple functions:

    • Identification
    • Access card
    • Library card
    • Campus printing
    • Admission to student activities
    • Athletic events
    • Meal plan
    • Flex Card

    To obtain an ID card, students should submit a photo online. The photo must be a recent passport-style headshot. You will receive your ID card during New Student Orientation. You should carry your YCP ID card with you at all times.

    YCP Flex Card Program

    The YCP ID Card serves as the YCP Flex Card with debit card capability for the York College community. The card is accepted for purchases and services both on and off campus. Some on campus options: vending machines; dining halls; copiers; laundry; printers; and the bookstore.

    The Business Office can help with loading money onto the card via cash or personal check. You or your family can add money anytime online, as well as get details on the flex card by visiting: www.flex.ycp.edu and clicking on “Deposit Now.”

    TIP: You can use flex dollars off campus at select locations! You’ll see a Flex Card sign at the business. Some local spots: Parma Pizza, Azteca Mexican Grill, Giant Food Store, Rutter's convenience store, and so many more vendors.


    Business Office
    Miller Administration Building, Room 8 (Lower Level)
    Phone: 717.815.1470
    Fax: 717.849.1620

  • Spartan Recreation & Athletics

    Something For Everyone

    I want to play sports, but not at the NCAA level.

    Move, Play, Sweat, Recharge. Campus Recreation at York is literally for everybody! More than 30% of students participate in club sports or intramurals, and we offer countless fitness programs and open recreation activities. Choose from more than 30 intramural sports, or for a higher competition level (without the demands of a varsity team), join one of our 16 club sports teams. Fun fact: At York, if you want to start a new club sport, you can!

    For more info: www.ycp.edu/clubsports

    Popular Intermural Teams

    Popular Club Sports


    Dance Team
    Flag Football

    Ice Hockey

    Floor Hockey Indoor Rock Climbing
    Soccer Lacrosse (M/W)
    Volleyball Rugby (M/W)

    TIP: We have representatives from athletics and club sports at most major admissions events, including Accepted Student Days as well as New Spartan Days summer orientation. Don’t be afraid to ask questions in advance.

    Break a sweat

    With more than 700 check-ins at our beautiful Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center each day, it’s a popular spot with plenty to do. The Grumbacher is open 107 hours a week and is the largest on-campus employer for students. Here are some additional highlights:

    • Three-court field house
    • 7,600-square-foot fitness center
    • 32-foot climbing wall (we offer climbing lessons and even have a rock climbing club!) We also host climbing movie nights, learn to belay lessons, and "gym to crag" clinics that prepare you to take your climbing skills outside. We also host a regional climbing competition.
    • Natatorium with a 12-lane pool
    • Multipurpose rooms which are programmed with physical education and drop-in group exercise classes
    • Elevated indoor walking and jogging track
    • Charles Wolf Gymnasium

    TIP: Group exercise, led by professionally-certified instructors, is a fast way to make a friend. Check out what kind of classes are available. No registration needed!

  • NCAA athletics

    Want to compete as a Division III athlete?

    At YCP, we want you to excel outside of the classroom, and that includes on the playing field. We have more than 460 students who add the “-athlete” tag by competing in our 23 NCAA Division III sports in the Middle Atlantic Conference. Take a look at the rafters in the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center, and you’ll see success is part of the culture here. One example? Our men’s basketball team won 16 games in a row to set a school record last year and earn a Top 5 national ranking! 

    Learn more at ycpspartans.com

    Want a chance at joining the Spartans? All teams offer walk-on tryouts. Contact the coach of the sport in which you are interested.

    Sports Available

    Baseball (M), Basketball (M/W), Cross Country (M/W), Field Hockey (W), Golf (M/W), Lacrosse (M/W), Soccer (M/W), Softball (W), Swimming (M/W), Tennis (M/W), Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field (M/W), Volleyball (W), Wrestling (M)

    Want to play Division III varsity sports?

    We have 23 NCAA teams full of standout athletes earning conference and national recognition for what they’ve done in games and in the classroom. Want a chance at joining the Spartans? Contact the coach of the sport in which you are interested.

Have you completed these steps?Campus Life Enrollment Checklist

  • 1. Program the Campus Safety phone number

    717.815.1314. Now it’ll be handy in case you ever need it! It's helpful if you have a dead car battery, need to report something or other related issues.

  • 2. Get your ID photo taken

    A recent passport-style photo should be submitted online at: https://bit.ly/submitYCPphoto. We use this for your ID Card/Flex Card.

  • 3. Pre-register your car

    Once you have your YCP account, go to the blue MyParking icon on my.ycp.edu and apply online for your car registration.

  • 4. Browse through the available clubs

    Getting a sense of what you can get involved in should help you get more excited for the semester to begin! Go to www.ycp.edu/student-life and check out Clubs and Organizations. 

    Tip: Sign up for a few clubs right away, even if you're a little unsure. It's the easiest way to start making friends and feeling connected, and also get a sense of what you want to do at YCP.

  • 5. Decide if you want to join a team

    If you want to play an NCAA sport, you’ll need to connect with the respective coach. For club or intramural teams, you can sign up when you arrive on campus!

Contact Us
Admissions Office
Miller Administration Building, 111
Phone: 717.849.1600
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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