Residence Life


Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Live on Campus

  • The housing & dining requirement reflects the philosophy of Clarke University:  When students choose Clarke University, they choose to be active members of the Clarke University community, enjoying the benefits of on-campus living and dining while being involved in all aspects of campus life
  • A great deal of learning takes place outside of the classroom.  Some researchers estimate that 70% of campus time is spent outside of the classroom. Much of this engaged learning takes place in the residence halls where students are challenged by major questions in life, are learning about themselves and how to live well with others.  Living on-campus allows students to transition between adolescence into adulthood in a safe environment.
  • Students who live on-campus remain connected.  The spontaneous activities that residents participate in, like midnight trips to Taco Bell or impromptu sledding after a big snowstorm, are missed by those who no longer live with 30-60 floor mates.   Additionally, it’s challenging for commuters to study with classmates when they move off and they no longer hear about the many campus events. 
  • National research indicates that in general, students who live on campus have a higher retention rate than those who reside off campus. (What Matters in College? Four Critical Years Revisited by Alexander W. Astin pg. 194. Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1993.)
  • Memories are made on campus.  When you ask people about their college experience or hear stories, rarely do you hear people talk about a class experience.  Instead, they tell stories involving friends that were made in the residence halls, experiences that happened in the halls, or times of major growth or new challenges all of which often happen in the formative environment of living on-campus.
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