Residential Life

Residency Requirement

Nazareth College is committed to our students' intellectual and personal growth.  A well-established body of research indicates that students who live on campus are more likely to achieve higher academic success, stay in school, graduate in four years, be more involved in campus life, and make friends more readily. To build a strong foundation, maximize the integration of in-class and out-of-class learning and enhance the potential for success in college, a two-year residency requirement is in place for full-time (defined as 12 or more credits) undergraduate students.

Full-time undergraduate students are required to live on campus for their first and second years of college, regardless of credit-based class status. That means entering first-year students must live on campus for their first two years, and transfer students who have not yet completed two years of college must live on campus for the remainder of their first two years.

Although a residential campus experience is beneficial under almost all circumstances, students are exempted from this policy if they are:

  • Living with a parent or guardian within a 30 mile radius of campus
  • Married, in a civil union, and/or have dependent children
  • Transfer students who have attended another college for at least 2 years
  • Age 21 or older by December 31 of their freshman year
  • Part-time (enrolled in fewer than 12 credits)

Students who qualify to live off campus during their first two years, or would like to request an exemption for reasons other than those noted above, are required to complete a Housing Exception Request form and give it to the Department of Residential Life. The form is due June 1 for students admitted for the fall semester, and November 1 for students admitted for the spring semester.