Manhattan College Implements Residency Requirement

by Megan Dreher & C. Garrett Kiedel, Editor-in-Chief & Sports Editor

Manhattan College has drawn up a new residency requirement for incoming freshmen, publicized in the 2019-2020 Academic Catalog in March 2019, and implemented as of the Fall 2019 with the class of 2023.

As stated in the Academic Catalog, “…all full-time undergraduate students who enter Manhattan College in the Fall 2019 semester and thereafter are required to live on campus for the first two years of their College experience, with the opportunity to live off-campus after achieving junior status (60 credits) and two full years of college enrollment.”

There are certain stipulations to the policy, meaning that all full-time undergraduate freshmen and sophomore students are required to live on campus unless the student is planning to reside at the home of their parent/guardian within commuting distance of the campus and reside at their legal residence, is 23 years of age or older at the start of the academic year, is married, has a dependent child, has been a veteran of at least two years of active military duty, transfers to the college from another 2-year or 4-year college or university, or has completed a four-year undergraduate degree or is participating in a graduate program.

Students who are exempt from the policy must apply for exemption on or before Feb. 28 by continuing students. Incoming students may apply for exemption on or before June 1, or at the time they put down their deposit to the college.

Also stated in the residency requirement, “Students who meet the above requirements in the middle of a housing contract period are subject to the terms and conditions of the housing contract and will incur any penalties found therein.”

While Residence Life was unable to sit down for an interview, Charles Clency, the Director of Residence Life, made a statement noting that this policy “is set to continue with all incoming classes moving forward.”

Students who are aware of the policy have questions about the requirement that they are signing up for upon signing an on-campus housing contract. In particular, students are unsure of what is considered to be “commuting distance” from the campus. No further explanation could be found for this terminology.

Senior Madelin Mule transferred to Manhattan in the spring of 2017, and has commuted from Brooklyn each day. While willing to live on campus if she was required to by the college, she is unsure of how this policy will affect others.

“I don’t think I agree with a residency requirement for freshmen that live outside a certain commuting distance of campus. I don’t know the exact cost of residency, but I know it’s a lot. It should be the students choice if they want to commute or not,” said Mule.

The policy could possibly put a strain on a students ability to afford and enroll in the college in the future. Junior Samuel Torres began commuting to the college after freshman year while participating in the Arches program.

“If I was unable to commute to Manhattan College I would probably take a loan to pay for dorming at Manhattan College, or I’d just have to go to another college,” said Torres.

As there are some missing details in the residency requirement section of the academic catalogue, the Quadrangle will follow up with Residence Life on this story to inform the current student population on how this will affect future classes at the college.