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.
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.
Simpson has four residence halls available for our traditional undergraduate students. Incoming new students are traditionally housed in Thompson-Mangham Hall (all male hall) or Irwin-Shellrude Hall (all female fall), which are located near the center of our campus. Morgan-Sharpe hall is available for uperclass female students, as well as Currie-Ediger Hall, which is a co-ed hall, housing both uperclass men and women. 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 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-speeed 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.
All undergraduate students are required to live in one of the University on-campus residences. By accepting admission to Simpson University, a student agrees to live in one of the University’s on-campus residences unless the student requests and is granted an exemption to live off-campus. Exemptions from living in a University on- campus residence are given to students who are married, are 24 years of age or older, are living daily at the primary residence of their parent/legal guardian, aunt or uncle, or grandparent (within a 35-mile radius from Simpson) have a live-in work requirement, are living at Gatehouse, are homeowners, or have disability-related reasons for not being able to participate in the housing requirements. Disability-related reasons must be approved by the Academic Success Center.
To summarize, the exemptions for living off-campus are as follows:
- Student is 24 years of age or older
- Student is a homeowner
- Student is living with a parent (35 miles or less from Simpson University's campus)
- Student is a veteran
- Student is married
- Student has employment where living in is required (showing validation)
- Student is not full-time (part-time students are not required 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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