Residence Life

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Residence life is an integral part of the Simpson University experience. It is a place to build community and make lifelong friends. Based on the university's commitment to student success and the residential experience, a majority of undergraduate students live in one of the university on-campus residences.

Mission Statement

As a Christ-centered community, Residence Life fosters an environment that promotes student success and is committed to purposeful connections, academic integration, student participation, and the personal and spiritual development of residents.

An interactive map featuring Simpson University’s residence halls Res Halls - Measell-Taylor Res Halls - Cooper Heath Res Halls - Currie Ediger Res Halls - Morgan-Sharpe Res Halls - Irwin-Shellrude Res Halls - Thompson-Mangham

Simpson has six residence halls. Thompson-Mangham and Currie-Ediger are men’s halls, Irwin-Shellrude, Morgan-Sharpe, and Cooper-Heath are for women, and Measell-Taylor is a co-ed residence hall. Each residence hall is equipped with I.D. card access security. Communal kitchens are available to all residents along with communal lounges which include Direct TV and coin-operated laundry facilities. Individual rooms include either suite-style bathrooms or private bathrooms depending upon the style of room as well as individual thermostat control (A/C and Heating) and high-speed internet access.

Benefits of Living on Campus

Simpson University is committed to the residential experience and views it as an extension of the classroom. In contrast to distance learning approaches and community college, Simpson is intentionally residential for undergraduates, with approximately 88% of new students living on campus. We believe the residential experience is one of the many benefits of a Simpson education.

Simpson University believes that living on campus is a valuable part of the university experience. The Residence Life program supports student success and thriving by fostering holistic student development and supporting the student’s academic goals. Specifically, campus living offers the advantages of close fellowship with other students, opportunities to develop and grow in various aspects of personal life, and easy involvement with university activities. It also provides ready access to the library and other on-campus academic resources.

The university’s commitment to on-campus living is based on current research and is in line with some of the best practices for liberal arts institutions.

  • Success

    Research suggests that students who live on campus are more successful academically and have a more satisfying overall college experience. The fusion between living together and learning together sets the foundation for a thriving residential experience. This includes persistence to graduation and academic performance. Simpson wants students to succeed and to have the best learning experience possible.

  • Involvement

    Research also shows that students who live on campus are more engaged during their time in college. Students who live on campus are typically more involved in campus activities, clubs and extracurricular activities. Simpson wants students to be involved and to be more engaged in the community.

  • Connection

    In addition, students who live on campus connect with more students. Social connections and academically supportive connections are vital for students to be successful. Living on campus helps to facilitate connections with other students, faculty outside of the classroom and with staff who live on campus. Simpson wants students to feel connected to others and to find their fit on campus.

Residency Expectations

Based on the university's commitment to student success and the residential experience, undergraduate students are expected to live in one of the university on-campus residences.

Any student that desires to live off campus must submit an Exception Application. Exemption Applications must be verified and approved before a student is no longer expected to live on campus.

Director of Residence Life: A student development professional, the Director provides leadership and vision for the Residence Life department. This person directly supervises Resident Directors and the Residence Life Specialist.

Resident Directors (RD): Full-time professional staff providing supervision and support to Resident Assistants. These staff members oversee hall programming and support residents in order to foster community and provide a safe and secure residential experience.

Resident Assistants (RA): Student leaders who are trained to provide support to an assigned section of the residence hall. They promote community and serve residents through their knowledge of University resources.

Staff Residing on Campus (SROC): The Staff Residing on Campus (SROC) are Simpson staff members who support residential students and positively influence traditional undergraduates by living on campus in the residence halls and by offering programs that contribute to the holistic development of students.

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Office: Visit the Residence Life Office, located in the Grant Suite of the Owen Student Services Building (Suite 206)


Phone: (530) 226-4108

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