Housing Requirement - The University of Tulsa
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Housing Requirement

All first- and second-year students are required to live on campus. Both first- and second-year students must participate in a university-provided meal plan unless they are formally exempt. Students fulfill the requirements after spending two years living and dining on campus (post-high school).

Students who will reside in the primary residence of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) within a 20-mile radius of the university will be exempt from the housing and dining requirement.

This policy applies to traditional first and second-year students, international students, and transfer students who have not completed two years of residency at another university (post-high school).

Married students and students 21 years of age and older before the start of the term are exempt. Academic credit hours and/or class status do not exempt one from the policy.

Students living on campus experience numerous benefits that contribute to their overall academic success, personal development, and sense of belonging within the university community. Here are some advantages of living on campus:

  • Higher Degree Completion Rates: On-campus residents are more likely to persist in college and complete their baccalaureate degree within four years.
  • Increased Likelihood of Professional Degrees: Living on campus correlates with a higher likelihood of earning professional degrees.
  • Higher Grade Point Average (GPA): Students living on campus tend to achieve higher GPAs compared to off-campus students.
  • Enhanced Personal Development: Students living on campus often exhibit enhanced self-confidence, public speaking ability, self-reliance, and positive self-image.
  • Easier Social Integration: Students living on campus have an easier time making new friends and building social connections.
  • Higher Retention Rates: On-campus living is associated with higher retention rates, ensuring students stay engaged and committed to their educational goals.
  • Accessible Support Services: On-campus residents benefit from having student and professional staff available to answer questions and provide support.
  • Increased Connection to University: On-campus residents feel more connected to the university community compared to those living off-campus.
  • Attendance at University Events: Students living on campus are more likely to attend university events, meetings, and programs, enriching their college experience.
  • Formation of Lasting Memories: Living on campus allows students to create lasting memories and forge lifelong friendships that enhance their overall college experience

These benefits highlight the value of on-campus living in fostering academic success, personal growth, and a fulfilling college experience.

The Housing Agreements and Exemption Application are both available under the “Agreements and Applications” tab in the Housing and Dining Portal.