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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

    Campus Activities Board (C.A.B.) 

    Campus Recreation

    Greek Life 


    Student Diversity and Inclusion 



    Residence Life

    Spartan Store

    Student Senate

    Study Abroad


    York College

    York College Athletics 

    York College Orientation 

  • Campus Safety, Shuttles, and More

    How you get around campus, 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 department manages campus parking, YCP ID cards, crime prevention, fire safety, and all emergency services. The office is located in the Manor Hall Northeast Lobby.

    Mark this down: Program the Campus Safety phone number into your phone: 717.815.1314. Calling this number will connect you to Campus Safety’s 24/7 dispatch center. Trained personnel will ensure you receive the appropriate assistance.

    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

    York College’s Annual Safety and Fire Report can also be found here.

    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 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 at ycp.edu/clery-act


    Campus Safety
    Manor Northeast Lobby

    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.

  • Parking

    Permit information for Commuter and Residential Students

    All commuter and resident students that will park a vehicle on campus need a parking permit. Parking lots all are marked for specific parking designations.

    Beginning July 1, you may pre-register your vehicle and purchase your permit online using the MyParking app on the YCP Apps dashboard.

    Any permits purchased after August 21, will be picked up at the Campus Safety Office.

    Commuter Students

    •  Commuter permits will be mailed to the home address that is on file with the College.
    • If your home address is not local, but you reside off-campus, please use this link to provide us with your home address: ycp.edu/address-change. This must be done before or during the process of ordering your permit.
    • Any permits purchased after September 2 will not be mailed. Commuter students will need to pick up the permit at the Campus Safety office.

    Resident Students

    • Resident permits will be placed in on-campus mailboxes until August 21. Permits purchased after August 21 will need to be picked up at the Campus Safety office.

    Your permit will come with instructions for obtaining a copy of the Traffic & Parking Regulations and a parking map. It is to your benefit to review this material upon arrival to campus.

    Visit ycp.edu/campussafety to learn more about the Emergency Alert System, security reports, services and programs, campus maps, and additional ways we make York College safe for everyone.

    Get a quick preview of our available parking by viewing our campus map.

  • 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; printers; and the Spartan Store.

    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: ycp.edu/flex-card 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

    Campus Recreation

    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 18 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 Intramural Teams

    Popular Club Sports


    Soccer (M/W)
    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 – no experience necessary!
    • 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

    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!

    Quick Facts

    • 20% of students participate in intramural sports
    • 12% of students participate in a club sport
    • 10+ weekly group exercise classes
  • NCAA athletics

    Want to compete as a Division III athlete?

    We have more than 460 students who add the “-athlete” tag by competing in our 24 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. For example: Each year we typically have teams ranked in the Top 25 in Division III in their respective sport.

    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/W)

    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.

  • Enjoying Life on Campus

    Six Things to Know About Enjoying Life on Campus

    1. Go to the Student Involvement Fair. What if you don’t have a clue what to join? Right before classes start in the fall, there’s a big fair on the main campus lawn with reps from just about every club. Sign up! You can get questions answered and make new friends. Upper-level students say that signing up for at least one club (and following through!) was one of their big keys to success.
    2. Don’t wait for the invite. You’re invited. It’s easy to think “I don’t really know anyone going to this” and skip out on an event or program. But once you start classes, you already will have a built-in network of new faces. This is the exact time to try new things
    3. There’s always something to do. The student-run Campus Activities Board (CAB) makes sure here is something going on every Friday and Saturday night, and throughout the week as well! Featured events range from bingo (a campus tradition!) to trivia, comedians, and arcade nights. The highlight of the year is the Spring Concert. YCP has hosted nationally touring acts such as Steve Aoki, Panic! At The Disco, Sam Hunt, and Yung Gravy.
    4. If you don’t see what you want, ask! You can start your own club here if you want! Recent example: Students started a gardening club and are working with College Administration on plans for sustainable gardens around campus! Talk to studentsenate@ycp.edu if you want info on creating your own club.
    5. It’s OK to ask for help. Maybe it takes you a little longer to get adjusted than others, even after you’ve tried. Reach out to your Resident Assistant, your academic advisor, a faculty member, or, truly, anyone on staff at York. Let them know you’re having a tough time adjusting and they can make sure you get the support you need so you can get back on your feet.
    6. Download the YCP App. The YCP App is your one-stop shop for resources and events. This is where you can easily access the New Spartan Days schedule, Fall Orientation schedule, and all events throughout the year. The YCP App is available through the App Store and Google Play.

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!

  • 2. Get your ID photo taken

    A recent passport-style photo should be submitted online at: bit.ly/submitYCPphoto.

  • 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 ycp.edu/student-life and click on Student Activities and Orientation. From there you can explore campus clubs and organizations!

  • 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!

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

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