Living on Campus

What are the advantages to living on campus?

  • Based on years of statistical data, students who live on campus at Centenary get better grades and are more likely to stay in school and graduate — they even perform better than students who live at home with their parents! Although every building that houses college students will get loud from time to time, one of our staff's top priorities is making the on-campus living environment conducive to academic success.
  • All of our residential buildings are conveniently located within easy walking distance of the Fitness Center, Student Union Building, Library, and all academic buildings.
  • Our dorms are extremely safe. Police Officers and Residence Life Staff are on duty and patrol 7 days a week. It is still important for students to take common-sense precautions such as locking their doors.
  • Living on campus is also fun! There is almost always something going on, including informal get-together's and planned educational and/or social events. The House Councils and Residence Life staff provide activities for each dorm floor and each building/area, while campus-wide activities are planned by the Residence Hall Association, the Centenary Activities Board, other student organizations, and other campus entities.

Who is required to live on campus?

  • All undergraduate students enrolled in at least 8 credit hours are required to reside on campus during the fall and spring semesters of the academic year unless they meet specific criteria. A committee reviews appeals for special exceptions.

Do I have to have a meal plan?

  • All students who live on campus or in a Greek house are required to purchase a meal plan. Commuting students (eg: part-time and graduate students) may also purchase a meal plan or put "declining balance" dollars on their ID cards to purchase meals at the Caf and food items at the snack bar. For more information and meal plan options, or to request special meal accommodations or exceptions, please contact Dining Services.

What are the requirements to live off campus?

  • Incoming students must submit exception requests prior to the deadline listed in their new student housing mailings. Those who are granted approved exceptions after the deadline will be charged a $300 breach of contract fee. Once the semester has begun, room fees are not refundable for any reason.
  • The following are approved exceptions:
    • Students who are 23 years of age or older before the beginning of the fall semester of the academic year.
    • A specified number of Greek students (determined by the Dean of Students) wishing to reside in their Greek house.
    • Students who are married, divorced, or a parent.
    • Students who need special medical accommodations must submit a medical request including documentation by a physician prior to the exception deadline or within two weeks of the diagnosis of a new condition.
  • Exception Review Committee:
    • All requests for exceptions will be directed to the Director of Residence Life or designee. Appeals will be directed to the Exception Review Committee, which is accessed through the Director of Residence Life or designee.
  • Please see this section in the Student Handbook for more details.

What is a Floor Meeting? Do I have to go?

  • At the beginning and end of each semester and occasionally at other times as needed, each Resident Assistant (RA) calls a Floor Meeting. These give the community a chance to come together as a group, and an opportunity for the staff member to explain policies and procedures. Students who miss floor meetings are fined an amount set by their peers. If students will not be able to attend a meeting, they must contact their RA within 24 hours in advance to make other arrangements.