Department of Residential Life

On-Campus Living Requirement


Living on campus in your first year provides a significant advantage that contributes to your overall student success. Campus residency gives you opportunities to be part of a supportive community where you can more easily make connections with other students, faculty and staff members.

It also connects you to resources and services that help with the transition to college life. Research shows that living on campus positively impacts your engagement, academic achievement, social connectedness and other factors. 

All new entering freshman, you will live on campus and carry a residential meal plan for two semesters. 


The following exemptions are allowed if you: 

  • Live with a parent or legal guardian within 35 miles of campus.
  • Are enrolled in 6 or fewer credits during both the fall and spring semesters
  • Are the guardian of a minor child or other dependent
  • Are married or in a domestic partnership/civil union
  • Are a veteran or active military member
  • Are younger than 16 or older than 21
  • Have other extenuating circumstances that prevent you from living on campus such as a medical condition or disability, demonstrated financial hardship, are participating in study abroad, etc.

If you believe you qualify for an exemption, you must submit the Housing Exemption Request form under "Housing and Dining" in eServices for review by Residential Life at least 30 days before the first day of classes. If your exemption is not approved you will need to move into your on-campus residence hall.

Who does this apply to?

New Entering Freshmen is defined as a student entering any institution for the first time at the undergraduate level. This includes any student who entered with advanced standing (college credits earned through PSEO or Advanced Placement programs).

We encourage you to avoid making any alternate living arrangements before submitting your Housing Exemption Request and getting advanced approval. 

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