Welcome to Community Living!
As a residential community, the University is obligated to make certain that the residential experience contributes fully to the institution’s educational mission and the development of its students.
As a resident student at Tarleton State University, students have a right to an environment which is conducive to study, sleep, learning, and leisure. A student’s personal rights and needs should be met in campus housing. However, each person must realize he/she is an individual member within a community environment, with responsibilities not only for one’s individual behavior but also responsibility for the community. When individual needs come in conflict with those of other community members, it is the responsibility of the individual with concerns to initiate action addressing and alleviating these concerns.
The student should make a reasonable effort to address his/her concerns and needs with the individual(s) involved. It is important for each student to always remember that, as a member of a community, and that one’s individual action affects others. To effectively resolve conflict within the community, students must learn to accept responsibility for interacting with their community and its individual members.
Tarleton supports a live-on campus requirement of one year for new incoming students (first time in college and freshmen) and transfer students with less than 30 credit hours. Students about to graduate or have already graduated from high school or have earned GED and have not yet attended a post-secondary institution for one long semester (i.e., Fall or Spring), are considered first-time in college (FTIC) students.
Students who have earned college credits before graduating from high school (AP or Dual Credits) or took classes immediately after graduating from high school (during the summer), are also considered FTIC students regardless of earned credit hours. FTIC students are required to reside on-campus their first academic year unless requesting and receiving approval for an Off-Campus Exemption
Exemptions to Campus Residency Requirement
Exemptions to the Campus Housing Residency Requirement – A student may request an exemption to the campus residency requirement for one of the following reasons:
- The student graduated from high school at least one year prior to the start of the semester – this only applies to students who are incoming new students beginning Fall 2023-Spring 2024 academic year.
- The student will be 21 years of age prior to the start of the semester.
- The student is a married student or a single parent with at least one dependent child.
- The student currently resides, and will continue to reside, in the established primary residence of a family member (parent, legal guardian, sibling, aunt/uncle, grandparents) within 60 miles of Tarleton State University’s Stephenville Campus.
- The student will reside with a sibling who is a registered student at Tarleton State University and will reside at the address that is located within 60 miles of Tarleton State University’s Stephenville Campus.
- A transfer student who has completed college credits in a long semester (Fall – Spring) after graduation from high school.
- The student is taking 8 credit hours or fewer as a part-time student.
- The student has a financial hardship.
- Acceptance to Texas A&M College Station, after enrollment in Tarleton State University’s PSA/Program for System Admission or the Ranger to Tarleton Pathway program.
A student may request an exemption to the campus residence requirement for one of the above reasons by submitting the Off Campus Request Form. To access the Off Campus Request Form, log in to the housing link through Duck Trax on My Gateway. Each Off Campus Request should be carefully reviewed for required documentation as a part of the submission process.