First Year Students
All first year students begin their Residence Life experience by completing a survey regarding their housing preferences. The survey includes questions about how you study, whether you're an early or late riser, how neat you are, and many more. These questions help the professional staff in Residence Life house you with a roommate who seems like the best fit. Once you receive your housing placement you will notice that it is in one of two buildings: Anderson Hall or Columbia Hall. Descriptions of these specific halls can be found in the Residence Hall Section of the website. All of these buildings have double rooms, which contain desks, dressers, closets or wardrobes, and twin-sized beds. If you are in need of a longer mattress, extra-long sizes are available upon request. The rooms also have Wi-Fi and cable television. Each residence hall has free laundry facilities, pantries you can cook in, and lounges where you can spend time with friends.
A Residence Life Coordinator will be responsible for supervising multiple residence halls, and is someone you can go to with any problems or challenges you may face in the hall. In addition, there are also student staff members, or Resident Assistants, located on each floor of every residence hall. In the first-year residence halls there are two RAs per floor in order to provide students with a resource that is easily accessible. Both the professional Residence Life Coordinators and student Resident Assistants have extensive training on how to meet the needs of all of their residents.
Our goal is to provide you with a home away from home, and to help you become part of a community. The Resident Assistants and Residence Life Coordinators further this goal through programming, activities, and by helping each resident develop and grow. Our hope in Residence Life is that your time spent living in a first year hall will help you develop skills that stay with you for the rest of your life.
All undergraduate students must live on campus, unless they live with a legal guardian within 50 miles, are 25 years of age or older, or are married or living with biological children. By requiring upper-class students to live on campus, we ensure that upper-class students remain engaged and can serve as student leaders and role models for the younger students.
All current students will go through a Housing Selection process towards the end of each academic year. During this process, students will select where they want to live on campus, and who they want to live with. For more information regarding the Housing Selection process, please see the section of the website by that name.