Undergraduate Residential Experience

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students in res hall

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The Overview

Released on January 18, 2018, the report of the Undergraduate Residential Experience Committee recommends a framework for a new residential experience that would ensure every Northwestern undergraduate has a meaningful, supportive and enriching experience while living on campus. The report is the result of a charge to a committee with broad representation of students, faculty and staff from across campus.

Informed by input from the campus community, the report follows strategic initiatives including the Housing Master Plan and implementation of a two-year residency requirement for incoming students.

In brief, the goal of the recommended framework is to build on community connections, helping students thrive in distinct and robust “Neighborhoods” in which they will have expanded options to build a personalized sense of home.

More information is available here, including a shorter summary version of the report.

The Undergraduate Residential Experience Committee was asked to focus on broad structures of the residential experience. While the report contains many recommendations, it was not intended as a detailed blueprint.

The ongoing work is a broad institutional initiative under the direction of the Provost and Vice President for Student Affairs, who are committed to making students’ time living on campus meaningful. They believe Northwestern can accomplish that through continued planning to make the undergraduate residential system successful.