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Benefits of Living on Campus

Benefits of Living on Campus

There are numerous benefits to living on campus including convenience, opportunities to develop life-long friendships, and to live in an environment that fosters the educational and personal growth of students.

The mission of the department of Residence Services is to provide to residential students a living environment that offers support and assistance to maximize their educational opportunities. Our goal is to offer residential facilities, programs and services that enhance student learning and support student success.

While living in an environment that promotes safety, students also benefit from the opportunity to learn about other cultures and lifestyles, form lifelong friendships and make lasting memories. The concepts of self-respect and respect for others, tolerance of and celebration of diversity, ethical behavior and personal growth are fostered via staff intervention, community-based educational and social programs and the expectation that hall residents hold one another accountable.

The convenience of living on campus provides students easy access to numerous campus resources such as faculty and academic advisors, the library, computer labs, residence hall dining halls and other campus eateries, the health center, recreational facilities, and student organizations. Additionally, students have the opportunity to interact with university faculty outside the classroom by participating in a variety of campus-wide and residence hall programs.

The benefits of on-campus living can also be measured quantitatively.  Students who live in the residence halls vs. commuting to campus do better academically and also are more likely to remain enrolled.

Incoming Freshmen On/Off-Campus Cohorts' Average Term GPA for the First 3 Semesters

  2010F New Freshmen 2011F New Freshmen 2012F New Freshmen 2013F New Freshmen
  On-Campus Off-Campus On-Campus Off-Campus On-Campus Off-Campus On-Campus Off-Campus
  GPA GPA GPA GPA GPA GPA GPA GPA
1st Semester 2.86
 2.51 2.88 2.60 2.94 2.70 3.01 2.84
2nd Semester 2.73
2.46
2.80 2.49 2.91 2.68 --   --
3rd Semester  2.91 2.78
2.91 2.78
2.91
2.71
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Incoming Freshmen On/Off-Campus Cohorts' Persistence to the Next 3 Semesters

  2010F New Freshmen 2011F New Freshmen 2012F New Freshmen 2013F New Freshmen
  On-Campus Off-Campus On-Campus Off-Campus On-Campus Off-Campus On-Campus Off-Campus
  Persistence Persistence Persistence Persistence Persistence Persistence Persistence Persistence
2nd Semester 92% 88% 94% 91% 93% 90% 94% 92%
3rd Semester 76% 70% 78% 73% 78% 74%  -- --
4th Semester 75% 69% 75% 69% 76% 69% -- --

RA and RHD Staff
The residence hall staff's primary responsibilities are to provide residents with valuable information, create a positive community through educational programming, promote safety and security and a high quality living environment, and serve as a resource whenever a student has a question or concern. All halls are staffed with a resident director and several student resident assistants.


Safety and Security

Kent State's Security Aide program is recognized for excellence. Student security aides, attired in gold jackets, are in direct contact with the University Police Department via two-way radios. Every residence hall complex is patrolled from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m. The security aides receive 40 hours of intense training prior to assuming their duties. They learn CPR, first aid, fire prevention and emergency procedures. The most widely used service offered by the Security Aide program is the escort service. Security aides provide escorts anywhere on campus each night between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m.


Computer Labs

The RISC Office maintains
five residence hall computer clusters. The computer labs are located in Tri-Towers, Twin Towers, Manchester, Verder, and Allerton Apts. The labs in Allerton are available only to the residents of that hall. All labs are open 24-hours and are monitored by cameras. All of the clusters have Pentium 4, 3.0GHz, 80G hard disk, 512MB RAM, DVD/CDRW and 17 inch flat panel display. Each system is loaded with Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Office 2007, SPSS, AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, and CD/DVD burning software.


Dining Halls

University Dining Services provides students dining options in several dining facilities across campus, including:  Tri-Towers Rotunda, Prentice Hall, Eastway Center and the Kent Student Center. Daily menus can be accessed by dialing "FOOD" (3003) from any campus telephone or by going to
www.kent.edu/dining. Every student receives a flashcard, which is accepted at all dining areas (if sufficient funds are on the student's food plan).


Internet Access

The Department of Residence Services provides every student living in the residence halls and Allerton Apartments the opportunity to use the residential network.
ResNet provides in-room access to the internet and Kent State's computing resources. The necessary computer equipment to use ResNet can be purchased from and installed in your computer by RISC Office staff. Students using ResNet must agree to abide by Residence Service's Acceptable Use Policy, Virus Removal Fee Policy, and all university, local, state and federal laws and regulations regarding internet use.


Cable T.V.

The Department of Residence Services provides every student living in the residence halls or student family apartments the opportunity to use the ResTV Cable Television System. Students have the advantage of receiving over 60 channels of educational and entertainment programming from the comfort of their own residence hall rooms and apartments.


Bus Service

Campus Bus Service/PARTA is an integral part of Kent State. It provides transportation to students, including campus bus routes, and services for students with disabilities- Student Disability Transportation Services (SDTS). For more information go to
http://www.partaonline.org/kent-circulator.html


Employment and Leadership Opportunities
On-campus residents are offered a variety of leadership opportunities within their living environment. Student employment opportunities within Residence Services include resident assistant, desk receptionist, and security aide. Additionally, students have opportunities to gain leadership skills through involvement in their individual House Councils, the governing body of their respective hall, as well as through Kent Interhall Council, the governing body to all the halls on campus.


Linens

Mattresses in our residence halls are extra-long (36"x80"). The National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) has partnered with Residence Hall Linens to provide our students with a convenient, affordable way to purchase extra-long sheets and bedding items, as well as other campus-living necessities.  Proceeds from this program go to the NRHH and are used for programming in the residence halls. Please visit the RHL website http://www.rhl.org/ken or call (800) 957-4338 to order.


Microfridge

A Microfridge features a microwave oven and compact refrigerator/freezer combination that offers convenience and cost effectiveness. Microfridges are part of the standard room furnishing in all but 3 residence halls (Beall, McDowell, and Leebrick Halls).

Note:  Engleman Hall does not offer microfridges, but contains a full size refrigerator/freezer for each single apartment or suite.