“Who to Contact?” – A List of Resources for First Year Students


As a first year student, it is not uncommon to have a hard time adjusting to the everyday college experience. Luckily, Fordham offers a wide variety of services that equip all students with the right information, resources, and insight to reduce the stress that comes with your very first semester as a Ram.

The best way for new students to get comfortable with the pressure that comes with being in college is to never shy away from help. Listed in this article are all of the best resources for incoming Rams to stay up-to-date with their workload.


With over 2,000,000 books, 15,500 periodicals and 50,000 electronic journals available, the Fordham library serves as an excellent resource for students of all majors and concentrations. Books to Go is a service that allows you to collect any book from the library’s archives in the most efficient way possible. Students can place holds on books virtually by using the “Place Hold” function in the Fordham Library Catalog, and then retrieve them at their convenience from self-service pickup and checkout shelves. Students who prefer additional assistance can benefit from the Ask a Librarian feature at Fordham, allowing them to text, chat, or call a librarian at their convenience. For online access to the library’s reserves, students can also visit Fordham’s Digital Database and explore resources such as E-books, Online Journals and PDF editions of thousands of books.

For any other classroom needs, students can utilize the ARES Course Reserves and create an account with the same username as their Fordham account. ARES contains thousands of course materials that professors allocate individually for all of your classes. Learn more about the ARES services or watch a video tutorial.

Information Technology

The Office of Information Technology provides students with all the help they need with navigating college necessities such as remote and hybrid courses, Blackboard, student printing, Office 365 and more. The IT team on campus can also help students with miscellaneous issues such as Wi-Fi interruptions or VPN connectivity. To start exploring, visit Info Tech’s new “Learn” page and access all the tech services you will need to master college life.

For more hands-on assistance to your IT related inquiries, contact the IT Service Desk . Other tech related issues can also be solved by creating virtual tickets through Fordham’s Tech Help Portal.

Fordham Writing Center

The Writing Center is a free service that helps fine tune student’s writing skills and provides guidance with specific assignments. Regardless of your major, a college experience comes with a lot of writing assignments like essays, reports, research papers, and other creative pieces which can often feel overwhelming and exhausting. The Fordham Writing Center collaborates with students and provides them with all-inclusive help, starting from developing concepts and ideas to overall proofreads in order to minimize grammatical, syntax, and punctuation errors.

Students can make both virtual or in-person appointments to the Writing Center, or look through their extensive online writing resources for quick tips with areas like logic, rhetoric and working with sources in your writing. All students are also encouraged to attend in-person workshops hosted by the Writing Center.

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