Residency Requirement

A hallmark of a College of Idaho education is the residential campus experience. Freshmen make life-long friendships, connect with classmates, and explore autonomy and healthy decision-making in our residence halls. Sophomores enjoy convenient access to classes, academic, and social supports and take part in a truly representative governing system as they form their own policies. Our upperclass students discover the thrill of creating a living space that is uniquely theirs in our apartments, or the sense of pride and accountability inherent in paying utilities on their own and managing a group of roommates in our rental houses. In addition, our upperclass students mentor and provide leadership modeling to younger students, as well as carry on the campus traditions that make our community dynamic and unique. These residential experiences are a part of our identity as a residential campus, and they lay the foundation for a truly transformative college experience. For these reasons, as well as others, the College requires that all students who are under 21 as of September 1st, who are unmarried or without an equivalent same-sex partner, and who do not have dependent children, live in campus housing for six semesters (typically three years). On-campus housing is provided to full-time students who are under 26 years old. Other students may live on campus as appropriate space permits.

Students may petition to be exempted from this requirement. Non-Academic Petitions are found on the Forms page of the Residential Life website.