I'm a new student at WIU. I'm from New York City. I have met many types of people and was able to learn about different lifestyles from farm kids to other students from California, and even Hawaii. With that said I was able to learn different cultures and life styles from others.
I think for college freshman, the best way for them to get to know the school and the environment they're going to be living in is to require them to live in dorms. Young people still need rules, and also, spending time in a dorm is part of the college experience.
Young people given too much freedom, too soon, tend to make bad judgements that can affect not only their education, but their lives. A transition period is appropriate for both social and financial reasons. In a dorm setting, they still have many freedoms that they didn't have at home, but there is still some structure.
People making noise and partying all night and keeping me awake. How am I supposed to study? And here is something else the 18 percent of Idiotic Moronic losers that said yes need to understand, for some people, peer pressure might be too much, and kids might follow the crowds and be exposed to bad influences.
I strongly believe all students should be required to live in their college's dormitories during the first year because it allows them to network with other students and gain useful information to succeed.
It has been shown through various social science studies that students with strong networking skills prove to be more successful in their careers as opposed to independent and isolated individuals. Additionally, networking can provide students the experience that they may be lacking in other areas and prepare them for unknown situations and how to deal with them. There is no better method to obtain knowledge for lifelong success than living with career-oriented colleagues.
When living in a dormitory, the student has the added advantage of being able to eat there just like at home. The food probably isn't as good, but at least they know they have food available when they want it, rather than having to take time to prepare it also. Knowing they have a warm place to live, eat, study, sleep, have companionship and be safe can be a great comfort that first year. Off campus activities can be a great distraction before they have settled into the college routine.
Students who live in college dormitories during their first year I believe are more socially prepared for life. One reason for this is that students learn what it is like to live away from home and their parents. They begin to learn self responsibility as well as fiscal responsibility. Secondly, students will meet many new people who may be taking similar classes and other students who have the same interests. These are all important social connections to make as a young adult. The friends a person makes in college will often be friends for life, which is something that can be hard to find.
A person cannot be imprisoned to the university system of living simply so that the university can retain the student and gain money in the process. Many universities are "non-profit" organizations but clearly, most residence halls gain money (and lots of it) in excess of costs which legally could classify that enterprise as a business and a for profit corporation. It is wrong and should not be legal.
Forcing a student to live in dorms during their first year of college is essentially taking control of the students' life. People should be able to do what they want to an extent. Oh, student living in dorms during their first year 'might' end up more successful? That's like parents forcing their children to become a doctor, or lawyer, when the child obviously wants to be a tattoo artist. Everyone calling this the 'transitional phase' where students still have to follow rules and have a lot of responsibility needs to realize that people are still going to do whatever they want to do. Rules don't mean anything. People are who they are. They're not going to change just to abide by a silly rule.
I am currently a student at an expensive private college that requires both freshmen and sophomores to live in the dorms. The cost of dorm housing is easily three times what I would be paying if I was renting a room in an apartment. I consider it a violation of my privacy and my rights as a citizen. The only way I could commute was if I was living with a relative, but the problem for me is that I come from an abusive family and have been waiting for years until I turned 18 so that I could live on my own. Living in the dorms is tolerable (the school is basically one giant sorority, and there's a lot of pressure to be incredibly social and conform to the small town atmosphere, but it's better than living with my parents) but the real problem arises because the school refuses to stay open for winter break, which lasts more than a month. The shortest lease I've been able to find for a room is three months, and I need to be back in the dorms by January, so I am always shunted back "home". There, I am berated constantly, and stolen from. I spend most of the month in constant fear, and my schoolwork suffers the same time each year as a result of depressive spells brought on by my situation. Policies like these deny student's autonomy and independence, while also coldly excluding students in similar situations to me.
While dorms may be great for some people, for many it is not. Dorms are overpriced and typically require to also buy a meal plan. Both these costs are ridiculously high added on top of an already overpriced college. Commuting from home or managing ones own apartment is much cheaper, allows for privacy if desired, and may allow the student to become more responsible. Dorms tend to be cramped and look like jail cells. Partying, noise, fire alarms, are only several factors which affect students sleep and studying if they live in dorms. College students should have the right to make a choice to where they live.
I'm attending a state school now as a freshman, our school want's us to be on-campus at least two year as a requirement and the commuting range is extremely small. I live 45 minutes away from campus and it would still be much cheaper for me to commute and much less stressful. Other students don't respect quiet hours and are rude. I think that all schools should explain the benefits and let the students, and parents, decide for themselves.
Students should have their own right to live where they want. I think by requiring students to live on campus it just gets the University more money as if they didn't have enough already, and honestly, this is why they require it. I think it should be RECOMMENDED. What if a student cant afford to live on campus and pay room and board ?
You are finally free. They can't control you, you are your own person. Yeah sure, you should get involved and meet people if you want, but if not, who cares. Do what you want in life. School is school, but your still living now. Learn as much as you can, but do what you want. It's your choice, life is what you make of it, it's not theirs.
My roommate had CRABS, wouldn't tell me and scratched himself every time the lights turned out. Imagine what that sounded like constantly for the first month. It went downhill from there.
These are 18 year old adults, who have been accepted by the college for their performance and they are paying a fee. Why force this upon them? I left college six months later and moved out of state and lived on my own. I was not told where to live and treated like a juvenile.
Most teens love the aspect of going out and being able to live their own life. We have to put up with household rules for 18/19 years of our life without say. And its a bit unfair to take away that freedom and force them to pay a high amount of money for the same thing they've been stuck with for their whole life.
Students should have freedom of choice. The costs are ridiculously high. It's many times easier to find housing near campus that is way more affordable or you can live with family. You're forced to be with a roommate that you likely don't want. Theft is rampant. You get tired of looking at the campus.
The only reason some schools require this is to get more money out of freshman and sophomore students. It' a scam, and while for many students living on campus is a pleasant and constructive experience, a student should never be forced to live on campus, paying more for and getting less than they would for housing elsewhere. There are good things about living on campus, and maybe a school should encourage students to live in the dorms for the first few years, but really, the only reason a school would REQUIRE it is to guarantee that extra few thousand dollars in the first couple of years.
It's unethical to obligate your students to overpay for housing that may not suit their needs.
More times than not, renting an apartment is much cheaper than the price of paying for a dorm. Forcing a family to pay extra for living arrangements on top of rising college tuition is just wrong, and it supports the idea that many colleges are trying to milk its students and their families for money.
No why are the freshman forced to stay in the dorms? Some may do better in their own environment where they are not under the influence of peer pressure, where they can have their own quiet space of a home or an apartment. I can see with some this can be detrimental to their study habits. And to force a meal plan when some are vegan or vegetarian and very finicky of what they want to eat and do not care for any of the meals on their forced plan, seriously come on --not to mention the extra expense that is being forced here-- it's much cheaper to find a house and choose your own meals!
A concerned parent
To live in a dorm is to pay premiums for substandard living arrangements - where I am, it's $775 a month rent and a mandatory $300 per month meal plan (in a cafeteria where I can't stand any of the food, where it's unhealthy, and when I come from a family of THREE that spent that much a month and I was one of the lightest eaters.)
This doesn't strike me as a good idea. What if I happen to live next door to the college? There's no way I'm shelling out extra money when I could just live at home, and any attempt to do so is a transparent attempt by the colleges to increase profit. I don't need any "structure", I'm an adult.
Not all situations are alike. Dormitory-living is not ideal for everyone, though it may work like a charm for some. The reasons to not want to live in a dorm are too numerous to list here, so I will venture a few (unoriginal?) examples: some students may simply be unable to function well in a dorm's communal, likely noisy-or-unkempt environment; some may have familial responsibilities or financial constraints that prompt them to remain at home while furthering their education (why should family cease to matter after you finish high school?). Overall, why deny the freedom to choose?
Different students have different needs, and dormitories will not meet the needs of every student. Each individual student is the best person to understand his or her needs and should have the freedom to live in the place that best meets those needs. Many dormitories are simply unsafe or unhealthy, and no student should be forced to live in any situation that does not offer them the best chance of getting the best grades.
While it is a good idea for some students to live in dorms to get a sense of independence and a chance to interact socially with others, it can do exactly the opposite for other students. Being forced to live in an environment where you feel you do not fit in can have a negative impact on people.
I think that students should be able to choose where they want to reside, while in college. With the rising costs of seemingly everything in this country, some families could not possibly afford this. Many students live within driving distance of their university, so living at home is a much more economical decision for them.
Dorms are communal situations that contribute far more to social life, than to study. There is no reason to mandate that students live in dorms because, as adults, some students may have already come to a correct assessment that they would perform better in a quieter, more private environment.
as american citizens many freedoms given to us by the constitution come into play when we turn 18. i am currently a colleg student. i am 21 and am still forced to live on campus. i believe it is an invasion of my privacy and taking away my rights as an american citizen. i have the right to live alone off capmus. colleges are holding adults captave , telling them what they can and cannot do and making all the decisions for them. i am to the point where i want to legal action against the school. sure i could just drop out and go somewhere else, but then the college would have won. as long as the college students are 18 they schould be alloud to live off campus, with the option of living on campus.
im going to college this fall and i bleieve that living on campus will create a more suitable place fopr my school work, since im leaving high school i know i will need help on everything once i get into college...i believe some of the people that answered no and gave reasons are just making assumptions about what college is like, there are pros and cons about living on campus but i blieve everyone needs to experience it!
I believe that dorm life is not a necessity. Although it will give the student a feeling of independence, most young people will choose to use that time recklessly. Freedom from the parents is often an excuse to "party", and most teenagers would probably take advantage of that opportunity and slack on their studies.
The cost of living in a college/university dorm is around one thousand dollars a month for a double room. Some college students would not be able to afford such a pricey rent. There are also those who would rather live at home and save the money towards a car. Moreover, there are more distractions from blasting music, roommates, dorm mates and people pestering you to attend their parties.
Some students study better if they are not in a distracting environment. Some students are very private and do not relish sharing a room and bathroom with 1 or more students. Also some students are able to find rentals that are more affordable, not only in terms of living accommodations but also for meals.
I don't think it's important for students to live in dorms their first year of college. Everyone has such different circumstances, it wouldn't be fair to require it. How about if that student is the caregiver for a child? It would be impossible for him/her to live somewhere other than at home with the child. It doesn't make sense for it to be a requirement.
Students living away from home for the first time are often best supervised, and best accommodated, by living in dormitories. And this is often an invaluable experience in maturation. However, there are many other viable alternatives, such as living with relatives, living with upper-class friends already known to the student, and living at home. Each family must find the most suitable choice for their student with respect to alternatives available in a particular college setting.
yet alone a dorm, books, food etc. I am out of state and with a safford loan and supplement loan, at 12 credits im still 4k short of just the tuition alone, the dorm is robery 1k a month for a tiny room public bathrooms, coin laundry not to mention the roomate security deposit and app fees. Not all is lost tho im heading back home and going to a local school, even tho its not rated as high.
I can go and die for my country but I can't decide I want to live on my own and have some space. My dorms cost around 1000 a month which would put me in terrible debt. Schools are getting so greedy with how expensive dorms are for what you get.
Requiring first year students to live in dormitories is too controlling. By the time they are attending college they are legally adults and are capable and expected to make decisions for themselves. Also, requiring students to live in dorms may place financial hardship on the student. It may be a better financial decision for the student to live at home with parents or family in order to afford tuition. Forced dormitory residency creates added financial burden on first year college students.
College students who are freshmen should not be required to live in a dormitory because they are adults capable of making their own decisions. While there is no doubt that some college freshmen would benefit from such a rule, the majority would feel constricted and supervised unnecessarily. Additionally, every college in the nation would need a massive expansion of dormitory space if this were the rule.
No, students should not be required to live in dormitories their first year of college because they are legally adults and should not have a requirement placed on them. Some individuals the same age are not making a choice to go to college and are allowed to live where ever they want so I do not see how a requirement could be placed on students.
Not all students thrive in a dormitory setting. Some prefer to stay with their parents, or to rent housing off-campus. The reasons could be anything from shyness to medical to not liking crowds, to name a few. For whatever reason, continuing their education is elected, not required, so housing should be the same.
While it is a valid argument that students need to learn to adjust to new environments, it is ludicrous to force them to live on campus. I had several friends in college who could not afford to attend college unless they commuted from home. If the ridiculous cost of education were brought down, this would be a more acceptable requirement. In the meantime, there are many factors regarding a student living on campus.
Requiring students to live in dormitories during their first year of college would unfairly discriminate against low-income families. Many low-income students live at home and work while attending college. Requiring students to live on campus would force them to incur an additional expense that might make a college education prohibitively expensive. Denying them that chance at higher education would then lock them into the same low-opportunity life that their parents had to endure.
Dormitory rooms are typically small and may need to be shared with people the student wouldn't choose to associate with. Dormitories are also typically noisy. Students should have the most comfortable and stress-free living arrangements possible for their own well-being as well as to enhance studying. Dormitories seldom provide this. Further, students may have family responsibilities, such as caring for younger or disabled family members, that preclude their living in a dormitory. For a disabled or chronically ill student, having to live in a dormitory may add further complications to their acquiring an education.
The freshman year of any incoming student is a stressful time--moving away from home, taking a new direction in life, discovering different levels of expertise and meeting with unexpected financial difficulties are all a part of this. Being required to live in a dorm--which can be expensive and/or mentally and emotionally trying--should not be a part of the package.
I don't believe forcing a living situation on somebody who just wants to attend college. Some people it may be alright for, but for some people, it is not possible, or too expensive. Forcing dormitories on students will lower the overall number of college students, something we do not want.
Room and board in a dormitory are a bit pricey. There are students who cannot afford it; some can barely afford tuition. Shelling out hard-earned money to live with strangers in a cramped room does not appeal to everyone. The price seems especially exorbitant if they already have a home close to campus. Also, I have known at least two students who commuted from another county in order to get the education they wanted but stay with the jobs that they needed. College students come from a variety of backgrounds, and therefore have different needs. Students do not need to live in dorms or any kind of on-campus or university-owned housing during their first year of college. The benefits of the dorm experience are not guaranteed to everyone. Let students think as consumers, and make their own decisions about whether such an experience is worth the price.
Requiring dormitory living is only justifiable if one believes that these individuals are not capable of living on their own. If someone is a legal adult at 18, then this requirement is a restriction of the rights of individuals. And 18 is the age at which is when we allow them to vote, join the military, sign contracts and join the military. We do currently have some limits on activities like drinking alcohol and gun ownership until age 21. If we assume that full adulthood is not until age 21, often until mid-college career, then the result is that these individuals are not independent yet. If they are not full adults, a dorm full of legal adolescents is immoral. If the rule is intended to help the partiers who flunk out of college at 19, it actually hurts the responsible students by herding them into a collective childcare facility. If not fully mature, they would benefit more from remaining at home, both under the supervision of the parents we trusted this long AND who would benefit from a cheaper living arrangement of the child at home than paying even more for college education AND room and board.
Forcing students to be in a dorm is actually more harmful than you might think. While learning how to transition into living on your own is helpful, forcing them into it doesn't help. Especially when you are from a family that needs you to be home. Not only that, but people transition differently, at different paces. And a dorm environment can be harmful, with health hazards and distractions from other tenants. Not to mention that some people just simply cannot handle dorms. Plus there is the issue of having not enough dorms for your students. My sister is suppose to be in a mandatory dorm right now, and they have already had to move her twice due to the issue of simply trying to place her. Dorms should be a choice. Not a requirement.
Most of the time, the requirement to live on campus is financial--the university in question doing so to make money. The idea that living on campus is better for the student is bogus--propaganda put out by universities. Most dorms are dumps. I went to a religious school as an undergraduate and they required students to live on campus-it was a pos-living with people you hated and having to be in at a certain time. All sorts of childish pranks and banging on the walls when you're trying to sleep or study. Who needs it! If I had a chance to go back, I'd prefer to have my own place and would even live at home before living on campus again.