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Returning Undergrad Application Process

Students currently on leave from the University

Returning from a leave of absence:

Students returning from a medical, personal, or required leave of absence from the University may apply for Fall 2022 academic-year housing beginning April 1, 2022. Please also consult with your College to complete all necessary paperwork and steps to assure your remittance into the program. Applicants will have the opportunity to rank communities and room types by preference. You can learn more about your housing options at Housing Options for Upper-level Undergraduate Students. 

Students who began their leave as a first-year or transfer beginning Fall 2022 will be required to live on campus.

Housing assignments for returning students will be released by late-June, 2022. On-campus housing for returning students who are not required is not guaranteed.

If you require accessible housing for a disability-related reason, you must register with Student Disability Services (SDS) and submit current disability documentation. More information can be found at

Students planning to take a leave / study abroad:

If you only need on-campus housing for one semester next year – because you will be on leave from the university for an academic internship or study in absentia, or will be graduating – you may still apply and sign a contract for academic-year housing for the coming academic year.  

You should then inform the Housing & Dining Contracts office as soon as possible that you will require housing for one semester only.  As outlined in the housing contract Terms & Conditions, the last day to cancel your fall-semester housing without a penalty fee is July 1, and the last day to cancel your spring-semester housing is December 1.  We ask that you inform us of your plans as early as possible, however, to enable us to offer housing to other students.

Please complete a cancellation form, available in the housing portal,

Questions?  Please contact us.