An Experience Unlike Any Other
As you and your student ponder the benefits of living on campus versus off campus, consider a bit of the following research by Alexander Astin, Founding Director of the Higher Education Research Institute and Allan M. Cartter Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Higher Education and Organizational Change at UCLA.
In his book What Matters In College: Four Critical Years Revisited, Dr. 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.
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.
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 service or activity we sponsor, every decision we make, and every action we take is based around our core values of learning, inclusion, service, engagement and integrity.