Second-Year Live-On Reinstatement

Beginning with the first-year entering class of fall 2021, the on-campus living requirement has been extended to include a second academic year. This decision was considered alongside university administrators for several years as MSU has continued to invest in student success initiatives to support our students in their pursuit of a college education.

Research shows living on campus has direct benefits for second-year students especially, with one of those benefits being a positive impact on their likelihood of graduating from MSU. By reinstating the second-year live-on requirement and combining it with strategic programming, MSU believes it can further increase student persistence and graduation.

“Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we, as an institution, act in ways that support our students and their success at Michigan State,” says Vennie Gore, senior vice president for Student Life & Engagement. “Reinstating the second-year live-on requirement will help us better equip our students with the tools they need, while in a supportive and safe environment, to help them succeed.” 

Additional information can be found in the MSUToday article

Information regarding housing selection for first- and second-year students can be found on our Sign-Up webpage. There are exception criteria for first- and second-year students, which can be found on the MSU Student Life website

The two-year live-on requirement has been part of the Spartan Life Student Handbook but has been waived since the 1980s. Please note that students who started at MSU prior to fall 2021 are exempt from this reinstatement. 

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