Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Resources for Prospective and Accepted Students

Welcome to the residential community at Fordham University. As a new resident, you will take an active role in creating a responsible community that respects the rights of all of its members. As a resident student you will be encouraged to learn more about yourself and others by participating in programming activities, supporting and celebrating differences among individuals, providing service both locally and globally, and living within the guidelines established for your residential community. Students and staff are collaboratively engaged in pursuing an education that is based on the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence. The highly qualified Office of Residential Life staff consists of resident directors, resident assistants, resident freshmen mentors and the central office staff who are all eager to work with students in unifying the university living environment and the academic experience. It is our hope that students will achieve educational fulfillment by integrating all facets of University life, including community living and learning, into their own lives.

What Should I Expect? The education you will receive at Fordham University, one of only 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, is unique. The lessons you will learn outside the classroom complement those you'll learn within it. Just as high academic standards are a staple at Fordham, you will also encounter high standards of conduct in our residence halls, as these four years are training for greater service, responsibility and challenge after graduation. The staff who work in the halls will guide you in this education and are there to assure your responsibilities as well as your rights. During your first days on campus, you will meet your resident assistant. Each RA is handpicked from the student body for his or her ability to lead and act as a role model for students. RAs provide services and program opportunities, but they also guide and counsel students who live on campus. You will also meet our resident directors, who are graduate or professional students in charge of your residence hall or housing area.

RAs and RDs are important people to get to know. One of the roles of the staff is to work with students who may make mistakes in conduct or behavior, or who like to test the limits of the University Code of Conduct. Students arriving for life on campus will find the challenge of personal responsibility and independence an intense and indispensable introduction to adulthood. This, too, is part of a Jesuit education, as the values learned inside the classroom inform the standards for our community and are played out in everyday life at Lincoln Center and Rose Hill. The Office of Residential Life supports an overarching vision of creating community in all its efforts. A residence hall community is a group of students engaged in social interaction, possessing common educational goals and experiences, who show concern for and are sensitive to the needs of other residents, and are interested in furthering the group's goals. Residents share in defining the community's expectations of members and are held to these expectations by their peers.

The Office of Residential Life is sensitive to the rights and responsibilities of all resident students. In an effort to make our community conducive to academic, social and personal growth, policies have been established to ensure that individual rights are protected and responsibilities are understood. At Fordham University, there are many unique housing options on the Lincoln Center and Rose Hill campuses. The majority of the housing application instructions are the same at each campus, but please read this site carefully to familiarize yourself with the specifics of each of your choices.  First year students will be inform if they received housing on their acceptance letters.  Students will then be notify through their Fordham email account with instructions on how to complete the Housing Application online.  Assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. We will do our best to assign students to their first or second preference.

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