Welcome to the Housing and Residential Life web site, a great resource specifically tailored for the parents of California State University, Stanislaus students. Whether you are an old hat at sending children off to college or sending off your first, you'll find a variety of useful information about residential housing and the university.
As you and your child ponder the benefits of living on-campus versus off-campus consider a bit of the following research by Alexander Astin.
"Personally, what I like about living on campus is that I have a huge support system; including my roommates, friends and my Resident Assistant. Sometimes it is not easy being away from home and it is comforting to know that if I have a problem there is always someone that can help and support me."
~ Nicole, Child Development major
from Poway, CA
In his book What Matters In College: Four Critical Years Revisited Mr. Astin reports on his study of college students who lived on campus. The results shed light on something long known by housing professionals, namely that students who live on campus are statistically more likely to:
- Be satisfied with their university experience.
- Have a higher persistence rate and graduate sooner than students who live off-campus.
- Maintain a higher grade point average, with a higher percentage of residence hall graduates pursuing professional degrees after obtaining their bachelor degree.
- Be more involved in campus life, including: clubs, Greek life, and student leadership.
- Build relationships with their faculty and university employees.
As a community we deeply value to students and seek their insight into their living experience. For over five years we have sought their input and feedback as we seek to ensure our programs and services best serve our community. This past December 49% of our community completed our Resident Satisfactgion Survey sharing some of the following:
- 93% reported that living on campus helped them transition from high school to college
- 91% reported pride in being a student at Stanislaus State
- 88% reported that living on campus allowed them to meet new people and expand their network of friends
- 85% reported that living on campus helped them learn what they need to do to maintain their timeline to graduation
- 82% attended at least one housing event their first semester on campus with 29% attending at least 3 events.
- 77% share that living on campus improved their self-esteem
We also know that for the Spring 2017/Fall 2017 period one in three housing students achieved University Dean's List status of a GPA of 3.5 or higher. A review our graduation rate data further shows that students who live on campus their first year of college a more likely to graduate in four years than those who lived off-campus.
This information helped confirm what we in housing already prided ourselves on, namely that our residents are more successful because of their residential experience, both personally and academically. Having learned this we are even more committed to providing them with the best living community we can.
With this in mind we are introducing a two new Living Learning Communities this fall and re-affirming our commitment to diversity and inclusion by launching our Rainbow Alliance LGBTQ+ gender-inclusive community. We have also re-structed our themed communities to more ably reflect our student demographics, incuding the "Welcome Home" community for studnets whose home addresses are more than 30 miles from the campus.
Community services, support and events for the year will encompass:
- Direct access to a Career and Academic Advisor
- A Peer Academic Leader in addition to a Resident Assistant on every floor
- On-site tutoring
- Study nights
- Floor and community events
- Off campus events and activities
- Academic wellness workshops
Living on campus is an unforgettable experience and we are committed to ensuring that our residents are able to be both personally and academically successful. With this in mind every activity we sponsor, every decision we make and every action we take is based on four core concepts: leadership, relationship, citizenship and scholarship.
I encourage you to look through the resources posted through this web site and to contact our office if you have any questions. We look forward to welcoming you to our community this Fall!
Director, Housing and Residential Life