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Penn State Schuylkill Residency Requirement Policy

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Penn State Schuylkill is committed to providing its students with a comprehensive educational experience. Research shows that students who live on campus have better grades, develop a better academic foundation, acquire stronger social skills, and learn to form responsible, independent decisions.  Penn State Schuylkill has determined that for most undergraduate students, living on-campus, as compared to off-campus living, has numerous educational and social benefits. In recognition of the value of the living-learning experience associated with on-campus living, effective the 2013 Fall Semester, Penn State Schuylkill will require all first and second year students with a home address further than 50 miles from campus, live in the Nittany Apartments. All Penn State Schuylkill residential students are also required to review and adhere to the policies and regulations of the Schuylkill Campus Nittany Apartments. 

Penn State Schuylkill requires that all full-time first and second year students enrolled in twelve (12) or more semester credit hours, with a home address more than 50 miles from the campus, reside in the Nittany Apartments. This requirement excludes summer sessions and is applicable unless the Department of Housing and Residence Life receives an approved exemption.

Exemptions to this policy may be granted to students who meet one of the following criteria:

1. Are twenty-five (25) years of age or older, having reached that age no later than the first day of classes. A copy of the certificate of birth must be submitted as documentation.

2. Are married. A copy of the certificate of marriage must be submitted as documentation.

3. Have custody of dependent children. A copy of the certificate of birth must be submitted as documentation.

4. Are veterans who have completed 2 years active military service. Documentation must be provided to verify.

5. Who live with parent(s)/guardian(s) whose current permanent primary place of residence is not more than 50 miles from Penn State Schuylkill.

6. Have a personal compelling circumstance. A letter concisely and fully describing the circumstance and any supporting documentation must be attached.

If you are requesting exemptions to this requirement, you request must be made in writing and submitted by July 1 for fall semester release, or November 1 for a spring semester release to the Department of Housing and Residence Life.

Please click HERE to download the list of exemptions and to print a Request for Exemption from the Residency Requirement Policy form.