On-Campus Residency Requirement
As a residential University, Clarke University believes that education is not confined to the academic classroom. Rather, liberal learning is enhanced through the sense of community, which occurs when students live and study on campus. The University is committed to establishing the continuity between intellectual and residential life. Living on campus contributes to the intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual growth of the individual as well as to the other students who compose that living unit.
The University requires matriculating undergraduate students under the age of 21 to live in the residence halls.
Students who are twenty-one years of age prior to the first day of classes for the upcoming semester, or who are married, or commuter students living locally (within a 30 mile radius) with their parents (or legal guardians), or responsible for the care of dependents are exempt from the On-Campus Residency Requirement. However, the student must notify the Office of Residence Life that they are taking the automatic exemption, and complete any applicable process. The basis for an automatic exemption must exist PRIOR to the start of the semester that the student wishes to live off campus.