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Effective Fall 2016


The offices of the Dean of Students and Residence Life are committed to assigning student living spaces on the basis of priority for those students who most benefit from the personal, academic and community support of living on campus. To accomplish this goal, new students with the highest developmental need will be prioritized for assignment to on-campus housing in UT residence halls.

Rationale for Housing Philosophy

While every effort is made to accommodate all new and continuing students who request housing, most new UT students will be assigned to on-campus residential assignments. Please note that on-campus housing assignments are impacted by the housing application date and roommate requests. New students should submit their housing application in Residence by Symplicity soon after deciding to attend UT.

Research in student development and our own student experiences indicate that the residential environment supports new student transition from high school and a family living environment to more independent living and study at a university. Residential living for new students may ease student transition to the UT environment and provide significant support for the inherent challenges of heightened academic rigor and increased independence in the first year of college.

As students become more independent and move forward through their college experience, many look forward to transitioning to living off campus. In recognition of this developmental progression, the number of on-campus spaces for continuing students is limited. However, most continuing students who participate in the housing selection process will have housing options either on campus in a continuing student residence hall or at the Barrymore Hotel as space is available. To support those students who will be living off campus, the Office of Residence Life has developed extensive off-campus housing resources and programs that provide information and education for a successful transition to off-campus living.

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