We believe that living on-campus helps to supplement the student's education and to build skills that will stand him or her well
as they move through life. Our housing is not simply a "place to store students between classes." It is very much a home
environment. Students are encouraged to work with roommates to decorate their areas and to create a comfortable environment when
they can escape from the stresses encountered in their academic day. Small pets (if they live in a cage or a bowl) are allowed on
campus because we believe that caring for a pet helps to reduce stress and encourages a home-like environment.
Each semester the resident assistants in housing sponsor about 40 programs that range from fun events like how to cook cheap food
to important topics that face college freshmen everywhere such as date rape and alcohol use, career choice, and time management.
These programs not only compliment the education in the classroom, they allow peers to share ideas and strategies and help
students think about topics they may not have considered.
If your student is living at home and coming to campus only for class it becomes very important for you to encourage them to get
involved outside the classroom. They are not getting full value for their educational dollar! They are not connecting with the
institution and higher education in the same way that those who live on campus are able to do. Encourage involvement in clubs and
leadership; encourage them to participate on intramural teams; get connected to student study groups, and just come to some of the
social events. It makes all the difference.
Commuter students share many of the following characteristics (Hatch, 2004):
They are more like to work than students who live on campus
They may experience more challenges related to balancing work, family and education
Their time on campus is limited and they may experience problems in building relationships with professors and academic
advisors and taking advantage of support programs