McKendree University's residency requirement stipulates that all full-time (12+ credit hours) undergraduate students must live in University housing or University-certified housing. Primary goals for this policy are to extend the college educational experience for students and to create a residential community. Residence hall staff work with students toward making the residence halls an attractive place to live in order to facilitate student growth and development. Each hall develops its own sense of identity and community spirit which becomes an integral part of the overall campus living environment.
Students wishing to live off campus must submit an Application to Waive the Residency Requirement for consideration by the Housing Waiver Committee.
To be eligible for a waiver, the student must, at the beginning of the term for which the application is being submitted, meet one of the following criteria:
- The student is 21 years of age and holds senior class status (92+ credit hours),
- The student is married, or has custodial care for dependent children,
- The student is a veteran with at least two years of active military duty,
- The student is commuting from the permanent residence of a legal guardian (must be within a 30-mile radius of the University),
- The student is unable to live in University Housing or University-certified Housing due to financial hardship, or
- The student has medical documentation supporting off-campus residency.
Waiver applications can be obtained from the Residence Life website and must be turned in to the Office of Residence Life (Clark 111) on or before July 1 for the following Fall Semester or January 1 for the following Spring Semester. The Committee reserves the right to deny waivers submitted after the deadlines listed. Students should not consider themselves released from this contract nor the Residency Requirement policy prior to receiving written approval from the Housing Waiver Committee.
Residence Life recommends that before making the decision to reside off-campus that you speak with a Financial Aid counselor as there may be an adjustment to your financial aid package.
The Housing and Meal Plan Contract is on-going, continuous, and binding. Returning students are expected to request their rooming preference on an annual basis and should understand that until they are officially released from the residency requirement, they are bound by the provisions of their initial Housing and Meal Plan Contract. Exemptions are cited above and require the student to file the official "Residency Requirement Waiver" form which may be downloaded from the Office of Residence Life website. Residents should not consider themselves released from this policy requirement prior to receiving written approval from the Vice President of Student Affairs, Director of Residence Life, or Assistant Director of Residence Life.
General rules and regulations governing residence on campus are included in the residence hall section of the Student Handbook, which is available on the McKendree website. It is assumed that students submitting a Housing and Meal Plan Contract understand and agree to abide by the rules and regulations which govern campus residency, particularly as they apply to McKendree’s status as an alcohol-free campus and to its inter-hall visitation program.
University Regulations and Policies govern what is and is not acceptable student behavior in campus spaces; they can be found in the Student Handbook.
Yes. McKendree’s IT department helps to supply wireless internet connection to all McKendree University Locations. Support for internet questions can be found on the Information Technology page.
Yes. Each residential area provides students with the means to do laundry either in their room/apartment or in their building/residential area. Students are required to pay to do their laundry and are encouraged to bring quarters to do so.
Mail is delivered by Residence Life Staff to student mailboxes Monday-Friday. For more information on having mail sent to the University, please view the Printing and Mail Services page.
No. The University does not provide insurance for residents' property and is not responsible for any damaged, stolen, or lost items. It is highly encouraged that residents buy renter’s insurance.
Each student is provided a bed, an extra-long twin mattress, a three drawer dresser,
a desk, a chair, and closet space. Residence Halls East and West are also furnished
with some common area furniture, such as a small couch, chair, and coffee table.
Here is a suggested list of items to bring:
Bedding for an extra-long twin mattress, power strip that is UL approved, alarm clock, pillows, television, blanket, small trash can, mattress pad, stereo/headphones, laundry detergent, area rug, iron/board, toiletries, shower shoes, thumbtacks, shower cady, cleaning supplies, towels, dvd/blu ray player, gaming consoles, clothes hangers, coffee maker, photos of family and friends, quarters, desk lamp, laptop/computer
Here is a list of things NOT to bring:
Guns, knives, air soft guns, candles, incense, space heaters, halogen lamps, heating blanket, hot plate, very large stereos, bass stereos equipment, toasters/toaster ovens, crockpots, George Foreman grills, pets, alcohol, drugs
Yes, students can have one microwave and one refrigerator per bedroom. The University suggests that residents limit their total watt usage of these items to 900 watts so receptacles are not overloaded. Full size refrigerators are not permitted.
Students living in the following areas are required to purchase a meal plan: Baker hall, Barnett Hall, Walton Hall, Residence Hall East, Residence Hall West, Suites. Students living in other areas have the option of purchasing a meal plan, though it is not required.
Housing is assigned first to returning McKendree students who complete the housing renewal process during the spring semester. New students are then placed on a first come, first served basis and are only eligible for a placement once the following requirements are met:
- Admitted to the University and registered for classes
- Completed Housing application with Housing & Meal Plan Terms & Conditions
- Submitted a $200.00 damage deposit to the University Business Office
- Submitted the Medical Records Immunization Form to the Health Services Office
Students renewing their housing will select their own assignments. Incoming students
will be assigned housing based on the preferences they provided on the housing application.
However, since space is granted on a first come, first served basis, there is no
guarantee that we are able to provide all students with their first choice in residential
area or roommate
Incoming students will be able to view their housing placement online beginning in mid-June.
The University provides basic furnishings for all residential areas, which may include a bed, mattress, desk, chair, closet space, and dresser. Some facilities include additional furnishings. Students are encouraged to bring additional decorations and furnishings with consideration for the following guidelines:
- Furnishings provided by the University may not be removed from the residence hall room/apartment. Storage space is not available for these items.
- Furnishings that are attached to the walls may not be separated and moved.
- Waterbeds ae not permitted.
- Beds may not be lofted or bunked without the approval of the Resident Director or Area Coordinator of the residential area.
The mattresses in all residential areas are twin extra-long, 80” x 36”.
Yes. The Office of Residence Life employs student Resident Assistants and Community Coordinators for all residential areas. If you are interested in becoming a student staff member you can applying my completing the Student Staff Application.
Here is a link for the Housing and Meal Plan Contract, which includes detailed information regarding the terms and conditions of your contract.
Damage deposits are held as long as a student is living in University housing. When a student graduates, is approved for a housing waiver to move off-campus, or decides to leave the University, they will receive their damage deposit back minus the cost of any damages they have made during their time in University housing. If a student’s total damage costs exceed the $200.00 deposit, they will not receive the deposit back and will have to pay the remaining balance of the damages caused.
Notify your Residence Life staff immediately. Resident Directors and Area Coordinators will work to get you a new key, although it will cost $200.00 per new key needed. This fee can be paid to the Business Office in Wildy Hall.
See the information and Technology department in Piper Academic Center. They will be able to make a new ID card for you, although it will cost $20.00 per card. This fee can be paid to the Business Office in Wildy Hall.
Visit the University Public Safety webpage to register your vehicle. Their office will contact you about how to obtain your parking sticker.
Residential addresses can be found on the Printing and Mail Services page.
Yes. Information regarding the housing process can be found on the Apply for Housing page.
Yes. Student’s have up until the end of the first week of classes to change their meal plans for that semester. In order to change your meal plan, students must contact their Resident Director or Area Coordinator and indicate their desired new plan. Meal plan rates and information can be found on the 2016-2017 Rates page.
Yes. The University supports students in need of service or assistance animals on campus. Students who wish to have an assistance animal on campus must have their animal registered with the Office of Disability Services before bringing the animal into any residential area. For help with this process, please visit the Office of Disability Services.