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Florida State University

March 2013

Mary B. Coburn, Vice President for Student Affairs

Housing at Florida State University Residence Life at Florida State University fosters lifelong learning for every resident through five tenets: the promotion of responsible citizenship, scholarship, appreciation of differences, personal wellness, and involvement.

Purposeful Programming

Mission The Division of Student Affairs collaborates with students, faculty and staff to create welcoming, supportive and challenging environments that maximize opportunities for student learning and success. Through high quality programs, the Division facilitates student development, celebrates differences, and promotes civic and global responsibility.

In 2012, 38% of on-campus residents completed the Association of College and University Housing Officers International/Educational Benchmarking Incorporated (ACUHO-I) Resident Assessment. When compared to 42 Carnegie classification peers, FSU ranked 6th for resident satisfaction with the sense of community in halls and 3rd in satisfaction with hall programming. The impact of college is largely determined by the studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts and engagement in academic and co-curricular opportunities (Pascarella & Terenzini, 2005). Students who live in an in oncampus residence hall are more likely (p<.05) to get involved in campus activities throughout their time at FSU.

Predicted Probability of Involvement 80% 69.3

70% 58.5

60% 50%

47.0 41.5


photos: Above: Ragans Hall page 2: Top to Bottom: Resident Assistant, Living-Learning Community, Student Living, Reynolds Hall, Landis Hall



35.7 29.0



20% 11.0

10% 0% Community Service


Intramural Sports


Student Government

Student Organization


*Source: Fall 2012 Graduating Senior Survey completed by 1,687 students. Students indicated their involvement in campus activities.

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Florida State University

March 2013

Mary B. Coburn, Vice President for Student Affairs

Academic Impact

FSU’s on-campus housing positively impacts students’ academic experiences at the institution as well as their likelihood of persisting to graduation. Data demonstrate that students who live on campus graduate with a higher (p<.05) grade point average.

Graduating Senior GPAs 3.10












*Source: Fall 2012 Graduating Senior Survey completed by 1,687 students. Mean GPAs are from official University records.

First year students living on-campus benefit from Residence Life’s programming and established partnerships with university support services. Compared to living off-campus, students in residence halls and Living-Learning Communities have higher retention rates.

First Year Retention 94.5

95% 94%


93% 92% 91% 90%


89% 88% 87% 86% 85% Off-Campus


Living-Learning Communities

*Note: Retention data are calculated by the Student Affairs Office of Research. Additionally, controlling for gender, race, and GPA, data indicate that students who live on campus their first year have a predicted probability of 94.1% of reenrolling for a second year, compared to 91.8% for students not living on campus (p<.05).


Pascarella, E., & Terenzini, P. (2005). How college effects student: A third decade of research. (Vol. 2). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Higher & Adult Education.

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University Housing - March 2013  

Report for the Florida Board of Governors on University Housing at Florida State University