Is it fair to third-year students for colleges to mandate that they live on campus?

JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY next year will become the third local college to require undergraduate students to live in on-campus housing for their first three years, joining Brown University and Providence College. / PBN FILE PHOTO

Six of the Rhode Island’s 10 four-year colleges – all of them private – require students to live on campus for at least their first two years.

Johnson & Wales University next year will become the third local school to require undergraduate students to live in on-campus housing for their first three years, joining Brown University and Providence College.

JWU Providence Campus President Marie Bernardo-Sousa told PBN the university is going to a third year because it believes students living on campus perform better in the classroom and that it will help with student retention and on-time graduation.

JWU’s undergraduate enrollment has dropped by close to half over the last six academic years from 7,267 full-time undergraduate students in 2017-18 to just 3,971 in 2022-23.

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All schools with on-campus residency requirements, including JWU, allow for some exemptions, including students who live at home with their parents or guardians within close proximity to the campus, if they live with a married spouse or for health reasons.

Is it fair to third-year students for colleges to mandate that they live on campus?

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