All single freshmen students under 21, not residing with parent(s) or legal guardian(s), and having earned fewer than 30 credit hours after High School are required to live on the UIS campus. Possible exemptions to this policy will be administered by the Director of Housing and Residential Life. Requests for exemption should be accessed below on the required form and submitted to the Director's attention as instructed, along with any necessary supporting documents. An exemption request without supporting documentation will be considered pending and incomplete until such time as documentation is received.
As a freshman, living on a college campus serves many purposes, encompasses many benefits, and is an integral part of the traditional college experience. Subsequent research on undergraduate success rates shows strong correlation between living on-campus during freshman year and persistence towards eventual graduation. Generally speaking, those who live in the supportive environment of the residence halls tend to perform better academically due to proximity to professors and other academic-related campus resources, make a more successful social transition from high school to college, become more engaged and actively involved in campus activities, and report greater overall satisfaction with their composite university experience. However, we realize there are situations that arise that would necessitate residing outside of on-campus Housing. Those situations eligible to be considered for exemption from the freshman residency requirement and policy are:
If any of those situations are applicable to you as a freshman, you may complete the form below to be considered for exemption.
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