Residential Programming and Support Model - New for Fall 2020
The Department of Residence Life is excited to announce a new residential programming and support model for our residence halls for the 2020-2021 academic year. This model will align housing styles and programmatic support into cohorts by academic year. A cohort model will allow us to offer three distinct and unique experiences to students living on-campus. First year students will continue to live in traditional-style communities, second year students will now live in specially selected communities with area desks, and junior and senior students will live more independently in apartment-style communities. These changes are based on current student development trends both nationwide and in our own Loyola community.
Recent research completed by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I) found that second year students living on campus felt more connected to their university than their off-campus counterparts. On-campus second year students persist to graduation at higher rates than off-campus students. Additionally, suite-style units were the most popular choice nationally for sophomore living.
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Our current model reserves specific buildings for first-year students, and second year, junior, and senior students live in all other halls. There is not a distinct experience for second year students.
First year students will live in traditional and some suite-style buildings. First year students will continue to live in community with other first year students, and curricular opportunities like Learning Communities will be available to students who sign up for them. All first year halls will have a 24 hour security desk, are closest to the center of campus and academic services, and provide a low Resident Assistant to Student ratio to ensure student connection to their community.
First Year Halls:
• de Nobili
• San Francisco
• Francis Hall (New construction for Fall 2020)
For more information about housing for first year students, please click here.
Second year students will have a wide variety of on-campus housing options to select from next year. The buildings selected to house second year students are both suite- and apartment-style, and all are closer to the center of campus and academic services.
The University Residency Requirement still includes both first and second year students. Higher Education research over the past 40 years demonstrates a more productive and more satisfying experience for students who reside in university residence halls than those who live off-campus, including academic success and persistence to graduation. We will be creating a more intentional experience for second year students moving forward, and the model (referred to as a Residential Curriculum) will be tailored to the specific needs of second year students.
Second Year Halls:
• Francis Hall (New construction for Fall 2020)
• Marquette South
• San Francisco Suite Wings
• Santa Clara
• St. Joseph
• St. Louis
For the 2020-2021 academic year, juniors and seniors will be eligible to live in apartment-style communities. These apartment-style communities will provide each junior and senior student with greater independence while enjoying the amenities of on-campus living.As we move into next year, we anticipate ample housing available for Junior and Senior students. Recently, due to record first year enrollments and our requirements to house second year students we have not been able to house all of the rising junior and senior students who apply during housing selection. Based on current enrollment data, our predictions for upcoming years, and newly available housing for first and second year students, we expect to have enough space for the juniors and seniors who apply during Reapplication and Room Selection in February. As you begin considering your housing options for the upcoming year, we invite you to discuss on-campus options with your family and friends.
We will be making significant adjustments to our programs and policies as a part of the new cohort model. Starting with the 2020-2021 academic year, juniors and seniors will no longer be required to purchase meal plans when living in apartments with full kitchens. Dining Services will also offer new meal plans that will only be available to junior and senior students; these new plans will provide you with more options. The buildings chosen for juniors and seniors do not require formal check-ins for guests, and typically have one RA for 50-60 residents. We intend to provide each junior and senior student with greater independence while enjoying the amenities of on-campus living.
Services and amenities for junior and senior living will include:
|Current On-Campus Amenities||New for 2020-2021|
|Convenient semester billing on student account||No required meal plan for juniors and seniors with kitchens|
|Utilities included (electricity, water, gas)||New array of voluntary apartment meal plan options|
|Access to Comcast XFinity and LUC WiFi||Additional apartment furniture seating|
|Convenient location near center of campus|
Area desk for assistance (lock-outs, emergency response)
|Facilities services available, with emergency response|
• Spring Hill