Parking is a pain for the vast majority of students. If you are lucky, you can end up with a spot close to your dorm, but that is extremely rare. North and Root lots are a hike from anywhere. Break-ins and vandalism are fairly infrequent, but bound to happen at any school a few times per year. Lots are left unattended most of the time; security puts a lot of faith into the safety of the Clinton area. The college has taken student complaints to heart, though. Certain lots that are normally for faculty members are open to students on the weekends or after 5 p.m. A word of advice: make sure you move your car by 5 p.m. Sunday out of the Dunham lot, or it will be towed. Students often joke that Campus Safety has the towing company on speed dial and they start calling at 5:01. Campus Safety does not feel badly sending your car away if it is in a spot where it does not belong.
Freshmen cannot have cars. Some upperclassmen are denied parking stickers due to overcrowding already, so all freshmen are denied. The school will make an exception to this rule, but only for handicaps or extenuating circumstances. Don't be too disappointed, though. It is not difficult to find an upperclassman willing to lend out his or her car in exchange for a tank of gas. As seniority increases, your parking lot will become infinitely closer to your dorm, which many upperclassmen view as a privilege inherent in class year.