First-Time Freshman Two-Year Residency Requirement

Effective Date Jun 24, 2014

Recent research of college students across the nation shows students who live on campus are more satisfied with their college experience, earn higher grade point averages and are more likely to graduate than their commuting peers. Residence hall programming also enhances a student’s educational experience by providing the opportunity to be involved in a variety of activities and programs. Students find that with this involvement they achieve more professional growth and are stronger candidates when pursuing their career goals.

To that end, Florida Tech instituted an educationally based policy requiring all full-time students who have earned less than 56 credits hours to reside in university residence halls and participate in a university meal plan. Students who have met one of the following may be exempt from this policy through application with the Office of the Dean of Students:

  1. Veteran of military service (two years or more)
  2. Married
  3. Primary caregiver for dependent children
  4. 21 years of age or older
  5. Reside with immediate family within 50 miles of the Florida Tech campus (defined as parents, grandparents, legal guardian or a sibling over age 21 not also enrolled at Florida Tech.)
  6. Participant in a university-approved off-campus internship that requires living outside of the local area
  7. Special requirements not included above