Residence Requirements for On-Campus Students

The intent of the University of Mary policy is to require freshmen and sophomores to live on campus. The policy is as follows: 

A traditional undergraduate student under the age of 21, is required to live on-campus for a minimum of five consecutive semesters (summer session may be included in the total) or until the semester after the student reaches his/her 21st birthday. Any exception to this policy must be approved in advance by the vice president for student development. Exceptions are limited to those situations identified in the policy (see “Reasons” below).

A student who receives approval to live off-campus must renew his/her approval by submitting a new request each semester. The renewal must be completed prior to the time the student registers for classes. If renewal is not complete, the student will be subject to a hold that will prevent the student from being able to register for classes.

A student who provides false information to obtain university approval to live off-campus, as well as the student who has obtained legitimate approval to live off-campus consistent with the policy but whose living arrangements are not consistent with those approved, will be subject to the following penalties: a) the student will immediately be required to move on-campus and will forfeit his/her eligibility to submit another request for approval to live off-campus; b) the student will be financially responsible for all on-campus housing charges for the time he/she was in violation of this policy; 3) the student will be placed at a Level 4 Conduct Status, thereby becoming ineligible to participate in extra-curricular activities.


Because of the many benefits of living on-campus, approval to live off-campus is granted only for exceptional circumstances, including the reasons below. By policy, requests from students under the age of 21 to live off-campus are limited to the circumstances listed below with approval contingent upon the student providing appropriate documentation.

  • For the entire period in question, the student will continue to live in the primary family home with his/her parents or court-appointed legal guardian(s) and the street address of the home is no more than 60 miles from the University of Mary.
  • If the student is a transfer student, he/she will receive a one-semester credit for each semester he/she was enrolled at his/her previous institution(s).
  • The student is married (attach a copy of the marriage certificate). Students with plans to marry during the time they are required to live on campus will be required to live on-campus up to the date of the wedding.
  • The student is the legal custodial parent or court-appointed custodial guardian of a minor child or children (attach a copy of a birth certificate and court-ordered custody agreement or other appropriate legal documentation to verify).
  • The student is registered with the Office of Student Accessibility Services with a documented disability, and is able to provide appropriate documentation to verify the need for a reasonable accommodation in the student residence facility the University is not able to provide.