Residency Requirement


Living on campus: Our philosophy and approach

At DelVal, our residential life will help you to develop skills that will be invaluable in life and the workplace – skills related to communication, citizenship, negotiation and cooperation. And, the friendships our students make by living on campus often endure for a lifetime. For these reasons, all traditional full-time students live on campus for their first two years at DelVal. In subsequent years, you may choose to continue to live on campus or, explore living more independently off campus.

While the benefits of living on campus are many, there may be reasons why doing so would create a barrier to your ability to benefit from the educational programs at DelVal. Entering new students who meet one or more of the following criteria may apply to be waived from living on campus if doing so best meets their personal educational needs.

  • Local commuter status: Student will be residing at their permanent home address and this address is within 25 miles of campus
  • Age: Student is at least 23 years of age prior to starting their first semester
  • Marital status: Student is married
  • Dependents: Student is the legal guardian of a minor or minors who reside with the student on a permanent basis
  • Military service: Student is a military veteran or on active duty
  • Financial hardship: Student and/or parent(s) have an extreme short- or long-term financial hardship that prevents the student from attending the University due to the costs of residing on campus
  • Other: Student has a clear and compelling reason other than those listed above

How to apply for a release from the residency requirement: 
All requests must be supported by University records or documentation that establishes the validity of the rationale and how your ability to live in on-campus housing is affected. If you are a prospective students with questions about living on campus, you should contact your admission counselor. If you are an admitted or deposited students seeking exemption from the residency requirement, you must submit a completed Request for Release from Residency Requirement Form, accompanied by the necessary documentation to support the request. All requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Submission of a request is not a guarantee of approval, so you should not finalize alternate housing arrangements until the request is approved.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DelVal is waiving the residency requirement in fall 2020 for students who do not wish to live on campus during this time.

RELEASE FROM THE RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT

If you believe that your situation warrants release from the Residency Requirement, click and complete the form below. Make sure you save a blank copy to your desktop before completing it or your answers will not be saved!

Download the Release from Residency Requirement Form (PDF)