Starting college is one of most exciting times in a student’s life, if a bit daunting. This is often the first time a young person has lived away from home, surrounded by an unfamiliar environment and new people.
Roosevelt University constantly seeks to make this transition into college life as seamless as possible, knowing these years can be a formative time in a student’s life. The Office of Residence Life helps our students feel comfortable, confident and ready to learn new things about the world.
Dan Simon (BA, ’18), a criminal justice graduate from Geneva, Illinois, spent four years living in Roosevelt’s Wabash Building and is well-versed in all things residence life. According to not only Simon, but many studies on the subject, living on campus benefits a student’s academic performance, personal growth and overall college experience.
Improve Your Grades
The average grade point average for Roosevelt freshmen who live in housing is nearly .4 points higher than those who decide to live off campus. Students who live in the Wabash Building are surrounded by their fellow classmates, professors’ offices, classrooms and study labs. By being in close contact with those best equipped to help you with schoolwork, students see a marked difference in their grades.
“Having a positive living experience makes you more successful as a student. I absolutely found that studying with my friends in the dorm helped my academic performance and college career. It just made things so much easier.”
– Dan Simon (BA ‘18)
Make New Friends
One of the pillars of Roosevelt’s mission is to create a strong community of individuals representing myriad perspectives and life experiences — this extends to residence life. In the Wabash Building, students live in a mix of accommodations (from single bedrooms to four-person suites) and have access to a number of on- or off-campus activities, employment opportunities and leadership roles. With each comes the chance to meet new people, make friends of all backgrounds, and stay engaged in campus life.
“It just helps you build a sense of community. I feel like you can make friends easier,” Simon said. “Between physically being in the environment and being able to take part in Office of Residence Life and other partner activities, it helps establish relationships and friendships.”
On average, 68 percent of new Roosevelt freshmen live in on-campus housing. First- to second-year retention for students in housing is 70 percent, compared to 49 percent who live off campus. We want all students to succeed and grow at Roosevelt — living on campus ensures your early and continued development.
All of Roosevelt’s Chicago Campus classes are held in the Wabash Building or the connecting Auditorium Building, so students can easily go from their room to class and back. The McCormick Dining Center in the Wabash Building has flexible hours as well, allowing students to grab quick snacks or full meals.
Sending a child away to college is tough on parents, too. At Roosevelt, we take every precaution to ensure students’ safety. Roosevelt has 24/7 campus safety and ID swipe access to buildings. Students never need to stray outside at late hours, as everything they need is housed inside Roosevelt’s Chicago Campus.
The 32-story Wabash Building stands out among Chicago’s dynamic skyline with its unique jagged lines and blue color. The top 13 floors of Wabash are residences, where students can enjoy unparalleled panoramic views of the city, its parks and Lake Michigan.
“Take advantage of it while you can,” Simon said. “You really don’t realize how good you have it until you can’t live here anymore. There’s no better location, so enjoy the view!”
And, while Roosevelt’s size and location are dissimilar from those of a more “traditional” college campus, the University’s setting in the heart of downtown Chicago makes it all the more unique and desirable. Walk in any direction from campus and students will find themselves amid tons of restaurants, museums, cultural attractions and more. There’s never a dull moment.
For more information on residence life in the Wabash Building, visit the Roosevelt University Housing Portal.