For the start of the 2019-20 school year, Shippensburg University continued its new housing agreement policy for new students. First-year, transfer or readmitted students are required to live on campus for two years.
According to housing information available on ship.edu, new students with fewer than 60 credits by the beginning of classes for their second fall semester have to enter in a full academic year housing agreement in order to fulfill the two-year housing agreement.
Whereas it is discouraged for first-year students to sign a lease for off-campus housing in the next academic year, the website lists a few exceptions in which new students can avoid the new housing agreement.
Those who reside full-time in the home of their legal guardians within 35 miles of campus, those who are 21 years or older and those who are legally married do not have to abide by the agreement, according to the website.
It also lists that students who achieve a 3.2 GPA or higher by the end of their first full academic year of living on campus are eligible to submit a request to cancel the housing agreement for 2020-21.
First-year students are not automatically exempt from living on campus in their second year by signing a lease for off-campus housing, according to an email sent out to students.
SU is extending many on-campus options to those who will be living on campus in the next academic year. There are many academic communities including Biology and Get Psyched, and five interest communities as well.
In the next academic year, SU is introducing special interest suites, which is an opportunity for students to live with others who have a particular area of purpose or interest. Applications for special interest suites are available now, and are due on Oct. 25.
For first-year students who are staying on campus in the next academic year, returning student housing selection will start in October.
For more housing information, visit ship.edu/housing.