Advantages of Residence Hall Living

July 17, 2002

• Students who live on campus for one year are 43 percent more likely to finish college than those who never live on campus
• More likely to do graduate work
• Likely to have a higher GPA in undergraduate and graduate work
• Improved self-confidence and ability to speak in public
• More satisfied with undergraduate experience
• More interpersonal contacts with faculty and peers
• Increase in artistic interest
• Greater increases in interpersonal self-esteem
• Greater participation in outside class activities
• Experience greatest change in philosophy, values, political views and career goals

Source: What Matters in College: Four Critical Years Revisited by Alexander Astin. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1993.