Office of Residential Education and Housing

College Housing FAQ

Is everyone required to live on campus?
Full-time students are required to live on campus all four years unless:
  • The student is 23 years of age or older on the first date of semester classes
  • The student is married and living with his/her spouse
  • The student is responsible for a dependent child
  • The student is a veteran with at least two years of active military service
  • The student resides exclusively with parent(s) or legal guardian(s) in their/her/his primary residence that is within a 30 mile commute of the College

What is included in the Residence Hall room charge ?

  • Air conditioning
  • Connections for cable
  • Internet access
  • Laundry facilities
  • Community microwaves, refrigerators
  • Magnetic card security system
What items are permitted in the residence halls?
  • electric fans, radios, computers, stereos, study lamps, shavers, curling irons, clocks, TVs, single cup brew systems (Keurig style)
  • students may have one small refrigerator per room, no bigger than 5 cubic feet
  • hair dryers can be used; however, no other appliance should be using the same outlet during usage
  • candles with unburnt wicks are permitted as decorative items and/or with candle warmers; candle warmers must be turned off when residents are not in their room and placed in a safe location to prevent a concern for fire safety
  • student may only use command strips to hang items in your residence hall room/apartment
  • students are permitted to have non-dangerous aquarium fish in an aquarium, limited to a maximum of 20 gallons; the aquarium must be cleaned regularly
  • mace is permitted to be carried and used only in a self-defense manner;  any uses for mace outside of self defense is prohibited

What items are prohibited in the residence halls?

  • sunlamps, coffee makers (regular), space heaters, hot plates, grills, electric fry pans, woks, crock pots, musical instruments amplifying equipment, toasters, ovens, microwaves*, and air conditioners
  • all appliances with an exposed heating element, regardless of wattage, are prohibited
  • microwaves* are prohibited in general; however, college pre-furnishes limited residence halls with 1 microwave in a housing unit; the college pre-furnishes 1 microwave in Boatwright Hall and Turner Hall
  • microwaves* are only permitted in the lounge area of the residence halls and a microwave is provided in a designated place in each residence hall
  • excluding non-dangerous aquarium fish, all other animals/pets may not be kept on college property (this includes inside and/or outside areas of facilities or grounds)
  • students, guests of students, etc. are prohibited to bring animals/pets into any college housing at any time; short visits are also prohibited
  • students may not use items that pierce the doors or walls to hang items
  • the display of rugs, banners, signs, flags, and other objects from outside and/or in college residence hall windows are prohibited
  • open flames, including burning charcoal, burning candles, burning incense sticks, oil lamps, or other burning devices are prohibited in college housing
  • waterbeds, lofts, and other non-college approved furnishings are not permitted in any residence hall
  • dry campus: NO ALCOHOL or ALCOHOL PARAPHERNALIA (empty beer cans, bottles, funnels, kegs, etc.)
  • weapons and facsimile firearms (full weapon policy can be located in the Student Handbook) are prohibited

For more information on permitted and prohibited items, please see the 2016-2017 Student Handbook.

What should I bring when I move in?

  • Bath towels
  • Pillow
  • Sheets for single bed
  • Blanket/bedspread
  • Laundry basket/bag
  • Wastebasket
  • Iron
  • Alarm clock
  • Personal items
  • Flashlight
  • Please – no refrigerators larger than five cubic feet.  Microwaves are located in each building.

Is there a Damage Deposit?

  • Room Deposit
    Full-time undergraduate day students entering the college during and following the 2014 Fall semester will be required to pay a $300 enrollment deposit to reserve their space in the incoming class. No deposit will be refunded after May 1. All students deposited by May 1 will be guaranteed campus housing pending space limitations. Campus housing assignments will be finalized and room/board charged will be applied by July 1. Students must have all required paperwork (including requests to live off campus) submitted by this date. Students who deposit after July 1 will be assigned housing, if available, on a first-come, first-served basis. Of this $300 enrollment deposit, $100 covers a residence hall damage deposit that may be refundable at the time that the student either graduates or receives permission to live off campus (less any assessed fees due to damages). The remaining $200 is used by the College to cover many of the services provided during the first year. Students who entered the institution prior to the 2014 Fall semester and who have a residence hall damage deposit pending with the college will receive a reimbursement of those monies as noted above.

    Students that fail to check-out of their residence hall room at the end of the year will receive a fine and forfeit their $100 deposit that will no longer be refundable based on the non-check-outs.

  • Spring to Fall Room Hold Assessment
    Beginning in the 2014 Spring semester, all full-time undergraduate day students will be required to pay a
    $200 Spring to Fall Room Hold charge. To participate in the housing lottery and/or to register for upcoming Fall classes, students must either: (a) pay the $200 charge to the college, or (b) submit the required documentation to the housing office and receive a waiver permitting that student permission to live off campus as directed by the college's residency requirement. Those students who pay the $200 charge to reserve a campus residence hall room and who occupy that room during the Fall semester will have the monies credited to their account at the end of the first month of classes. The $200 charge may be paid at the College's business office.

    Note that students graduating in May or the summer will not be required to pay the $200 room hold fee and that the $200 Spring to Fall Room Hold charge is not refundable if students choose not to return to the college in the Fall semester.

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