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Why Live on Campus?

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Living on campus provides many advantages including convenience, the opportunity to develop strong social connections, and being included in a community that supports educational and personal growth in a safe, supportive environment.

In addition to the advantages, according to national research, living on campus also increases student satisfaction and success related to the University experience.  This research suggests that students living on campus are more likely to:

  • complete college in four years.
  • involve themselves in campus activities, whether academic or non-academic.
  • develop extracurricular relationships with faculty members.
  • achieve a higher GPA due to an increased connection to faculty members.

A paramount benefit related to living on campus is the opportunity provided for self-discovery and personal development.  Other areas that living on campus positively impacts are:

  • development of interpersonal skills.
  • increases the students' support for interacting with different racial and cultural groups.
  • positive impact on leadership development.
  • convenient access to experiences that directly promote growth related to a personal decision-making process.
Your First Year - Brochure
You can view or download this brochure by clicking the link above.


Pascarella, E.T., and Terenzini, P.T.  (2005).  How College Affects Students (2nd Ed.).  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass.

Last Reviewed: May 20, 2008