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On-Campus Living Requirement

Because living on campus increases the chance that new students will achieve academic and personal success, all first year students are required to live in a residence hall on campus.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, a first year student is defined as an individual who receives a high school diploma in January 2019 or later. For the 2020-2021 academic year, a first year student is defined as an individual who receives a high school diploma in January 2020 or later. 

PSEO or Advanced Placement credits are not considered when determining first year status.

Students may qualify for an exemption to this policy if they:

  • are living with a parent or guardian at their primary residence within a 35 mile radius of campus.
  • are enrolled in 9 or fewer credit hours.
  • have custody of a child.
  • are married.
  • have extenuating circumstances such as a severe medical condition, financial hardship for which there is no other solution, or family consideration.

Please note:
The residence hall license agreement is in effect for the full academic year. Once a student moves into a residence hall, he or she is expected to remain on campus for the duration of the contract period.  This includes students who are from the local area. Students should not make alternate living arrangements prior to submitting a request and receiving approval for doing so.

Confused about if you would qualify for an exemption? Use our flowchart to help. 

Online Exemption Request

To submit your exemption request online, use this form.

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North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7557 / Fax: (701) 231-7599
Campus address: Bison Court West 
Physical/delivery address: 1415 14th St N, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 3430 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page manager: Department of Residence Life

Last Updated: Friday, February 14, 2020 8:41:43 AM
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