First- and second-year students are required to live in residence halls. This is a UW Board of Regents policy that covers all four-year UW schools (dependent upon space availability). UW-Stevens Point does have sufficient accommodations and enforces the policy. See below for the full policy plus UW-Stevens Point's implementation practices below.
Individuals who do not qualify for an exception based upon the criteria listed below may submit a written request for consideration. Requests for exception for fall semesters are reviewed beginning in the month of March prior to the fall. Letters should be directed to Mari Yenter, Financial Specialist, Residential Living, 601 Division Street, Stevens Point WI 54481. Students are encouraged to include any information they believe will support their request.
Do NOT sign a lease or other agreement for off-campus accommodations until/unless you've received a release from the requirement. Doing so will make you responsible for both the on-campus charges for room and board and the off-campus accommodations.
Board of Regents' On-Campus Residency Requirement
Resolution 173, May 5, 1972
- Those freshman and sophomore students who are not veterans, married or living with parents or guardian, shall be required to live in a university-operated residence hall when such accommodations are available;
- Any Chancellor with a campus situation which he feels would warrant exception to the provisions of this resolution, may submit a plan to the Board for its consideration;
- Any Chancellor may grant exceptions to this policy to individuals with special situations, such as significant personal hardship.
At UW-Stevens Point, first-year and sophomore students are defined as individuals having graduated from high school two or fewer years ago; in other words, students who, if they had taken 15 credit hours/semester since high school graduation would have attained the 60 credit hours for junior standing.
Exceptions are granted on a routine basis for:
Married students (a copy of the marriage license must be submitted)
Students with dependent child(ren) living with them (birth certificates and third party verification is required)
Students enrolled in extension or other off-campus programs (only)
Students enrolled for six or fewer credits at UWSP
Students living with parent/legal guardian and commuting from within a 40-mile radius of Stevens Point (completion of the commuter statement by student and parent is required)
Students who have reached the age of 21 years prior to the first day of classes for the semester in question
A copy of the Application for Exception to Housing Requirement is available from the reception area in Residential Living, 601 Division Street Building and below.