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% -- --