Undergraduate Residence Requirement
The university seeks to foster a spirit of community, benefiting from the full participation of each campus citizen. The student and the community are best served when the student is available to be involved in campus activities. Experience confirms that students who reside on campus are more likely to be fully engaged in their educational experiences, more likely to establish strong interpersonal relationships, and more likely to learn from group and interpersonal interaction. To maximize the totality of the undergraduate experience, it is recommended that students live on campus until the completion of the bachelor’s degree. Unmarried undergraduate day students under age 21 are required to live on campus for four academic terms (fall and spring terms) unless they live at home with a parent or guardian.
Students who have lived on campus for four academic terms (fall and spring terms), who are beginning their fifth semester, who have a minimum of 2.5 cumulative grade point average, and who are in good standing with the university, may petition the Office of Residence Life for permission to reside off campus.
Students with senior status may live off campus without petition. Undergraduate students at least 22 years of age and graduate students are assigned university housing on a space-available basis after undergraduates are assigned.
During the summer and Jan terms, housing is limited to students enrolled at Samford University during the term, or to students required to be in residence to participate in university-approved activities. During fall and spring semesters, housing is limited to full-time students or to part-time students with special needs. On-campus housing is not available to students over 24 years of age without permission from the Vice President for Operations and Planning.