Residing on campus within the campus community is an extremely vital aspect of a student's personal and educational development. Research on this experience continues to indicate that students who live on campus tend to attain higher GPAs, have a higher satisfaction with their college experience, are more involved in campus activities, experience greater personal growth and are less likely to drop out. The residential experience contributes significantly to a student's education. To support this educational development of students both inside the classroom and within the residential facilities Barry University has made living on campus part of its educational design.
All new fulltime undergraduate students are required to live on campus for their first academic year. Exceptions to this policy are those who reside with their parents or guardians within Miami-Dade or Broward County or students in the School of Adult Continuing Education. The university does encourage new students from Miami-Dade and Broward County to live on campus.
A new student may apply for an exemption to this policy with the Office of Housing and Residence Life. In the case an exemption is granted, it will ordinarily be for one of the following reasons:
- Students who are married and/or have children
- Students who have completed two semesters of college as a full-time student
- Students 21 years of age or older