Only students classified as members of the rising junior and senior cohorts will be eligible for the Junior/Senior Release option. Students of the rising junior and senior cohort may apply for the Off-Campus Selection each year. Submitting an application or participating in the Off-Campus selection does not guarantee that off campus residency will be granted. Rising juniors and seniors who wish to live off campus must fill out the CSB Off-Campus Selection Form which can be found on the Housing Portal. The deadline for this form is October 15.
The deadline for students to sign up for off campus housing is October 15th.
Yes, living off-campus is a privilege that all students must reapply for each year. Students must continue to meet the criteria for eligibility. Also note that living off-campus one year does not give you any advantage in the release process.
You must not be on disciplinary or academic probation and you must have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
Yes, students may only apply to the Off-Campus Selection process once, either individually or as part of a group. A selection number may be used only once in the Off-Campus Selection process. Note- 5th year students may not pull other students with them – group releases when a 5th year student is part of a group will be based on the best number in the group for those who will be 4th year students.
The number of people released is a projection of how many students we expect will live on-campus for the following academic year versus how many beds we have available in our residence halls. This is calculated based on the 10th day enrollment of each cohort and in consideration of 5 year average retention rates, average number of students abroad and enrollment goals.
Yes, the maximum group size to be 6 students. In the event you are looking at housing off campus that accommodates more than 6 people you may combine as you see fit with other groups who have been offered a release. As always, do not sign a lease or make firm plans until Offers of Release are made in mid-November.
No, the off-campus release process is based on number of years as a full-time student in college. Credits have no bearing in this exemption process or any portion of housing selection at CSB.
Yes, groups with a majority of Senior Cohort members (those who began college in Fall 2015 or earlier) will receive priority in the process.
Again, while juniors may apply for the Junior/Senior Release process, please know that the number of seniors applying in the past five years have meant that no rising juniors applying as individuals or junior living groups have been offered a release. You will be able to become part of the waiting list and you may receive a 2nd or 3rd round offer should senior groups decline a release later in the process.
NO! Students are not approved to live off campus until an offer is made and an acceptance letter is submitted. Students who do not follow this process and sign a lease off campus will find themselves responsible for that lease as well as the Campus Housing Agreement (lease) and all fees associated with campus housing. Having a signed an off campus lease does not grant you release or priority in the process or waiting list. You should not sign an off campus lease without an offer of release in the Off Campus Selection process.
Not necessarily. Applying to the process is not a guarantee of release. Often, the number of participants in the release process (those who apply) exceeds the number of releases to be offered. Please know that this could mean that your group, even if you have all seniors, may not be offered a release
If you have not been granted permission to live off campus, you are required to live on campus. The residential experience of community living supports and challenges our students with opportunities for personal and social growth. As a Benedictine, liberal arts college, we believe that living in community is of central importance to the student experience and all students are required to live on campus. While we understand that living on campus may not be your first choice for housing, this does not excuse you from the requirement. Ultimately, if you do not select housing in the room selection process, a room will be assigned to you, and will be billed for room and board accordingly.
Also, please remember students found in violation of the terms of their release may find their release rescinded and the student would then be subject to the residency requirement and would responsible for all related room and board fees that may apply.