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Housing Requirement

Research into the residence experience indicates that students who live on campus tend to earn higher grades, express more satisfaction with their college experience, are less likely to drop out, are more involved in campus activities, and experience greater personal growth. In short, the residence experience contributes significantly to a student's education.

For this reason, Whitworth has made living on campus part of its educational design.

Students are required to live on campus for the first two years after their high school graduation, regardless of how many credits have been earned through Running Start or another institution. Students whose high school graduation took place fewer than two years ago but who are married, living with their immediate family, have dependent children living with them, or have certain physical/psychological limitations are exempt from this requirement, but a Residency Requirement Waiver Request must still be completed and approved. Violation of this policy could result in the student being charged the double-room rate regardless of residency.

Students beyond two years since high school graduation do not need to complete a Residency Requirement Waiver Request when moving off campus and no permission is needed from the university.

A Residency Requirement Waiver Request (MS Word) can be completed by clicking the link or a form can be mailed or emailed by requesting one at

In many instances, financial aid awards are DECREASED when a student chooses to live off campus instead of on campus.  Your decision to move off campus could have serious and unintended financial implications.  Should your waiver be approved, please contact the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible.

Please allow at least two weeks for a request to be processed. Requests that are received in the month of April (while the Housing Lottery is ramping up) may not be completed until the end of the month; please make appropriate plans with regards to the Housing Lottery and the possibility that your request will be denied.


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