Housing Application & Renewal
All full-time (12+ credit hours) undergraduate students are required to live in University Housing or University-certified Housing.
Only full-time undergraduate students enrolled at McKendree University, and who have entered into a Housing and Meal Plan Contract, are permitted to occupy rooms in University housing. Parental consent is implied when students under 18 years of age submit their agreement to this contract. Housing is not guaranteed for graduate students and is dependent on availability. The University does not offer spousal or family units in University housing or University-certified housing.
Housing Application for New Students
Admitted students can access the Housing Application starting December 1, 2016 by logging into their McKendree Application Portal.
Newly-admitted students must complete the Housing Application to reserve a spot in University housing. To complete the application, students must select their room assignment preferences and confirm that they have read and understand the Terms and Conditions of the Housing and Meal Plan Contract, as well as related University policies and regulations. Students are notified of their housing placements in mid-June.
After completing the Housing Application, students will need to submit the $200 housing deposit.
Housing Renewal for Returning Students
The Housing Renewal Portal will become available in late April 2017.
Students who have previously completed the Housing Application must renew their Housing and Meal Plan Contract annually.* To renew the contract, students must verify their information is up-to-date and indicate their room assignment preferences for the following year.
* Students wishing to cancel their Housing and Meal Plan Contract must submit an Application to Waive the Residency Requirement and be approved for off-campus residency.
Housing Requests for Semester Breaks
Students wishing to stay in University Housing during semester breaks must submit the appropriate request form.
To request space in housing over the winter break, students must submit the Semester Stay Request eForm. For space in housing over the summer break, students must submit a Summer Housing Application. The Summer Housing Application is only available during a set application period; Residence Life sends all residential students an email when the application becomes available. During the application period, the link to the application can be found on the Forms page.
McKendree University's residency requirement stipulates that all full-time (12+ credit hours) undergraduate students must live in University housing or University-certified housing. 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.
Do I need to do anything beside the Housing Application to be assigned a space in University housing?
To receive a housing assignment, admitted students who have submitted the Housing Application must 1) register in classes for the following semester (if they have not already done so), 2) provide the required $200 housing deposit, and 3) submit their Medical History & Immunization Record to the Office of Health Services.
The University determines students' housing assignments based on:
- Date and time of receipt of the Housing Application
- Indicated preferences
- Space availability
- Priority status*
Returning students who renew their Housing Contract prior to the established deadline are given “priority status” and are reassigned first. Incoming first-year and transfer students with priority status are assigned next. This includes students who have been admitted to the University, have registered for classes, completed the application, paid the Housing Deposit, and submitted the required Medical History & Immunization Record before June 1 (fall semester) or January 1 (spring semester). The date on which correspondence is received in writing by the Office of Residence Life will constitute the basis for determining the student’s compliance with deadlines. Incoming students without priority status are assigned next, and returning students without priority status are assigned last.
Every reasonable consideration will be given to students’ preferences for housing accommodations, room, and roommate(s). However, students are not guaranteed a specific accommodation, room, or roommate(s). Additionally, all assignments are made without regard to race, sexual orientation, religion, or national origin, and the University rejects all requests for assignment changes based upon these reasons.
If you need to change or update the information or preferences you originally provided in your Housing Application, please submit the Housing Change Request eForm by June 1st and indicate the information you need updated. Changes to application information or housing preferences cannot be made after this date.
We recommend you check the Residence Life FAQs page to start. If you cannot find your answer there or on any of our other pages, please feel free to contact us using the Have a Question for Residence Life? eForm. We do our best to respond the same business day, if possible.