First Year Residential Requirement
What are the benefits of living on campus?
Current and past residents will testify that living on campus makes adjusting to college life easier. Residents make life-long friends, have easy access to campus resources and have opportunities to participate in a wide range of academic, educational and recreational activities. Research shows that living on campus, particularly the first year, has been tied to greater student success, including social development, higher retention rates, elevated graduation rates, increased overall satisfaction with the college experience and stronger educational aspirations from the residents (Astin, 1991, 1993).
How will students be notified if this residency requirement applies to them?
The Office of Admissions and Outreach will include this information in its correspondence with new and pending admits. The Housing Office will also send out information regarding contracting timelines and procedures. Follow-up information will be sent via the student’s Cal Poly Pomona email account.
Will there be any exemptions and what will that process be?
We understand that the residential requirement may create a burden or hardship under certain circumstances. With this in mind, there are exemptions that will be considered.
Will there be housing opportunities for local students?
Housing opportunities are open to all students. With the addition of the new Residential Suites in Fall 2010, there are over 2,000 spaces to offer. Priority is always given to those who wish to or need to live on campus. The residential requirement does not conflict with this process.
What does it cost to live on campus?
The cost of housing includes room and meal plan fees and is based on the community and meal plan chosen. For 2016-2017, for example, a double room in the residence halls with a 14 meal plan (14 meals per week) was around $3500 per quarter (three quarters per academic year).
Why is Cal Poly Pomona requiring students from outside the local area to live on campus?
There were several considerations taken in making this decision. In developing the campus’ master plan, the campus expressed the support for and interest in developing a residential campus. More recently, the campus has been charged with increasing the six-year graduation rate of our students. As studies have supported, students who live on campus are more likely to have a higher grade point average, take less time to earn a degree and overall are more satisfied with their college experience. Despite the current economic challenges and the ensuing impact on campus, the University remains committed to student success. These factors were the driving force behind the decision to require on campus housing for the first year of college.