Dennis Brown | September 14, 2017
The University of Notre Dame announced today new strategies for strengthening undergraduate residence hall communities, including incentives for seniors to live on campus and a requirement that first-year, sophomore and junior students live on campus for six semesters.
Based on input from students and extensive discussions with the Board of Trustees, the strategies seek to enhance the University’s long-standing residential mission of forming communities that are inclusive of all members and dedicated to the intellectual, moral and spiritual development of Notre Dame undergraduate students.
“Residential life is a distinct and beloved feature of a Notre Dame undergraduate education, ultimately contributing to the formation of our students in the Catholic, Holy Cross tradition,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “It is my hope that these new approaches will reinforce the crucial role of residential life and our desire to make this experience even more meaningful and attractive for all students.”
With the aspiration that students will choose to stay on campus for four years, the University will soon provide incentives to senior students to live in residence halls. The incentives, shaped by suggestions from students, parents, rectors and University leadership, will range from increased flexibility in meal plans and room picks to additional leadership roles for seniors in the halls. Student Government and student focus groups provided valuable insight into which incentives would be most meaningful to seniors, and conversations about the specifics of each new offering will benefit from continued student feedback through the Hall Presidents’ Council as implementation occurs over the next two to three years.