For academic success….
National research is clear that students who live on campus are more likely
- to remain in school and complete college in four years;
- to be satisfied with their living environments and their college experiences;
- to engage in campus activities (academic or non-academic);
- to develop closer relationships with other students and faculty members;
- to make use of campus programs and the support resources available to them, e.g., library/Learning Commons, student support systems like personal and career counseling, or student study groups and peer tutoring;
- to be more exposed to a wider range of ideas and cultures;
- to develop greater aesthetic and intellectual interests and values;
- to take advantage of campus activities;
- to come to class prepared;
- to achieve a higher GPA due to an increased connection to their classes and their faculty members; and
- to continue their education in graduate school.
Students who live on campus simply will likely be better connected to the life of the University—whether they are the multitude of planned events or (perhaps more prominently) the many spontaneous opportunities that arise over the course of the day or evening on campus, e.g., informal conversations with faculty and staff, late-night sessions in the residence halls, debates around the dining hall table.
For personal success….
Living on campus
- furnishes opportunities for self-discovery and personal development;
- promotes autonomy and self-directedness;
- enhances development of interpersonal skills;
- increases interaction with different racial and cultural groups;
- expands opportunities for leadership development; and
- heightens opportunities to meet new and diverse friends—many of whom may last a lifetime.
National research indicates that students who live on campus meet more people, make more friends, and develop a much stronger and broader network of relationships. It’s much easier to build friendships when your cohorts live in the same building or just across the street. Participation in student organizations, religious activities, intramurals, and athletic events is much higher among students who live on campus than commuters. You’ll be in more frequent contact with other students and have greater opportunities for a more satisfying social life.
On-campus living cultivates a feeling of family that cannot be truly duplicated off campus. Community communicates a sense of care and acceptance. When you ask alumni about their college experience, rarely does the response emphasize the classroom experience. Instead, they tell stories involving friends that were made in the residence halls, experiences that happened around campus, or times of major growth or new challenges that often happened in the formative environment of living on-campus.
For personal convenience….
Campus life provides access to
- University support systems, 24/7, through the residence halls and safety and security;
- 99%+ wireless capabilities and multiple computer labs only a few steps away, making access to the web only a click away;
- the dining hall and other food services, which means high quality, nutritious, and diverse meals without the driving, the shopping, the cooking, or the cleaning;
- any academic or administrative building, the library, your faculty member’s office, or a multitude of recreational and fitness facilities—only a few steps away;
- sporting events, lectures, theatrical productions, and concerts—again, only a few steps from your residence hall.
And campus living comes without the many headaches of off-campus apartment living: paying monthly rent, utility, phone and/or cable bills; managing disruptive neighbors; dealing with roommates who don’t carry their part of the load; locating a reliable Laundromat; and paying large gas costs (or other headaches) associated with commuting. And, when you go home for summer or graduate, you don’t have to worry about finding someone to sublet your apartment, or getting back a security deposit.
For safety, security, and peace of mind ….
The Lenoir-Rhyne campus is monitored 24-7 by well-trained security officers who do regular patrols of campus to ensure the safety of all Lenoir-Rhyne students.
All residence halls on campus are equipped with a card swipe or pass code. Students are only given access to their particular residence halls to confirm that only people who live in the building are guaranteed access.
In each residence hall there is a Resident Assistant on every floor that serves as a resource for students. These undergraduate students can help students navigate campus, give them information concerning campus resources, and help aid with minor incidents. Additionally, in each residence hall is a Residence Director who is a graduate student at the university who oversees the Resident Assistants in a building. These individuals, along with the Resident Assistants, help ensure the safety of the building and are trained in handling more severe incidents.