UALR has a new housing policy to help first-time students be more successful. Â Beginning in the 2013-2014 academic year, full-time freshmen will be require to live in on-campus housing.
- Why is the new policy important?Â Higher retention and satisfaction rates: The freshman year is a critical one, which is why many universities have a similar residential policy. Â Research nationwide shows that 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.
- Stronger campus community:Â When more students live on campus, the campus community is enriched through more engagement that leads to a richer academic experience.
- UALR has a state mandate to double graduation numbers by 2025:Â This new policy is one way to help us reach that goal.
Automatic exceptions will be made for the following full-time freshmen:
- Those who are 21 and older;
- Veterans of active military duty;
- Parents of dependent children living in their home;
- Â or enrolled in programs that are not on the main campus.
Â Non-automatic exceptions
Students with mitigating circumstances, such as a medical condition or a financial hardship, may apply for an exception to the policy.
Students requesting a medical exemption should contact the UALR Disability Resource Center at 501.569.3143 for required documentation and exemption request forms.
Financial exemption requests should be made using the forms to the right of this page and submitted to the Office of Student Housing. Decisions will be made in consultation with the Office of Student Financial Services.
All other requests should be made to the Office of Student Housing using the form to the right of this page along with supporting documentation.
Students who live in Little Rock are not exempt from the policy unless they meet one of the listed criteria.