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Residential Requirements

Residency/Non-Residency Requirements

William Woods University is a residential university that fosters personal development through a variety of co-curricular learning opportunities. Full-time residents, therefore, are required to reside in one of the campus residence halls unless they meet the requirements for non-resident status or the university has terminated their housing agreement.

Residential students are required to be enrolled full-time. Residents enrolled full-time but needing to change to part-time can request permission to remain in a campus residence hall. Residents should meet with the Dean of Student Life to make such a request.

Residents requesting approval for off-campus living must complete the Residential Status Change Form in Owlnet, which is submitted to the Dean of Student Life for approval. Residents must meet one of the five categories to qualify for off-campus living:

  1. Residents who reside with parents or guardians and live within a 60-mile radius of the campus.
  2. Residents who are 23 years of age on the first day of semester classes.
  3. Residents who are married or have children.
  4. Residents who are fifth-year seniors and have 90 credit hours.
  5. Residents who do not meet the criteria in numbers 1 through 4 above may apply for a waiver for off-campus living. The University will determine annually the number of waivers to be granted. Priority for the available waivers will be given as follows:
  • To students with at least 90 credit hours completed by the end of the current academic year and at least 4 semesters of college enrollment since high school graduation.
  • To students who have accumulated at least 60 college credit hours by the end of the current academic year and at least 4 semesters of college enrollment since high school graduation.
  • Members of a fraternity or sorority may not be eligible to participate and should check with chapter leadership and the Director of Student Involvement for more information.
For more information, please consult the Residence Hall Housing Agreement (PDF)