Commuting Tips

Commuting Tips

Commuting Tips
  1. Have an alternate route to campus: Knowing alternative routes to and from campus is essential to help avoid being late to class when unexpected situations arise such as traffic, road closings, and harsh weather conditions.
  2. Equip your car with an emergency car kit: Don't be stranded on the road without items such as jumper cables, flashlight, tools etc.
  3. Schedule your classes in blocks: Avoid having long breaks in between classes which can take up your whole day, strategically plan your schedule so that it works for your life.
  4. Utilize your free time wisely: Having extra time on-campus is bound to happen, so put it to use and make the most of it. Use your free time to study, get homework done, attend clubs and organization meetings, or attend events on-campus.
  5. Exchange contact information with at least one person in each class: Making connections in class is crucial to commuters. Classmates can help alert you when a class is cancelled, or take notes for you if you are unable to attend.
  6. Get involved in activities and organizations: Don't just come to campus for class. Be sure to attend programs and events. Check-out campus life!
  7. Sign-up for a commuter meal plan: Meal plans can come in handy if you need to grab lunch or even a quick coffee break. It also allows you to save money rather than using cash in the dining areas.
  8. Carry extra cash: Be sure to carry a few extra dollars in case an emergency arises.
  9. Don't forget your phone: You never know when an emergency will come up, be prepared with your phone available for use. Input important contact numbers like Public Safety directly into your cell for convenience. Also, be aware that cell phone charging stations are available in the Chamberlain Student Center.
  10. Sign up for the Rowan Emergency Alert System: Find out about school closings, before you leave for campus.



Do offices and services have evening hours?
Many student service offices have late hours until 7pm on various days. Confirm with the specific office to determine the exact day and time. Also, many offices allow students to request appointments during later hours.


How do I access the Library database from off-campus locations?
Access campus networks from off-campus

Are there specific activities for commuters?
The Office of Commuter Services will sponsor programs and events throughout the year that address off-campus and commuter student needs. Programs may take place on-campus or within the local community where many off-campus students reside. Off-campus and commuter students are able to attend any campus sponsored program and event. We encourage students to attend Rowan After Hours (RAH) and activities sponsored by Student University Programming (SUP).

The Office of Commuter Services also works collaboratively with the Commuters At Rowan (C.A.R) student organization to provide social programming throughout the academic year. Please refer to the Commuters At Rowan page on ProfLink for more detailed/updated information concerning upcoming events.


How do I know if classes are cancelled due to inclement weather?
Students are informed of cancelled classes due to weather through the university alert system. It is strongly suggested that off-campus and commuter students sign up for the alert system. Classes that are cancelled by the professor may be announced via email so students should check their university mail frequently. It also helps to have a reliable classmate who can inform you when class has been unexpectedly cancelled. 
Reminder for Commuters - For Inclement Weather and Emergencies -


How do I contact the Office of Commuter Services?

We can be reached at any time via email at or by phone at 856-256-4595.