Community Living

Community Living, which includes our residential community and other expressions of life together, is led by Sharia Hays, the Assistant Dean of Community Living. The residential community of Rochester College is made up of students from diverse cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds. People of different nationalities, religious beliefs and political preferences live and study together on our campus. Within our community of diversity, we strive to foster an atmosphere of respect by working together to understand the vantage point of each unique individual. It is important to view our daily interactions with one another as opportunities for learning and personal growth. With this view we desire to create a positive environment in which respect is thoughtfully given and received with much consideration.

This commitment to respect must be demonstrated by our actions. We request that each member of our community take upon themselves the responsibility to develop awareness of differences within our community, avoiding behavior that would in any way belittle, threaten or disrespect any person.

At Rochester College, unlawful discrimination on the basis of nationality, race, gender, mental or physical disability or religious affiliation is unacceptable. Any behavior deemed inconsistent with traditional Christian values is not permitted.

By being a part of the Rochester College community, we are committed to upholding the above stated values and principles in our daily lives, and in doing so, contribute to a community experience that is both educational and enjoyable.

For more detailed information about housing, see the Residence Life Handbook, available online through the Residence Life website and at .

Residential Leadership

The Student Life Office employs students in the role of Resident Advisors (RA) for each academic year. These student employees are full-time students who live in a residence hall and help the Coordinator in managing residential facilities and up to 48 students per floor. This includes enforcing the College’s regulations, responding to residential emergencies, providing peer counseling, and conducting relevant and varied programming throughout the year. Applications and interviews for these leadership positions begin in early spring each year. Interested students should contact the Center for Student Life for more information.

Residence Halls

Rochester College houses up to 340 residential students in three residence halls and one apartment building. Alma Gatewood, Ferndale and Hoggatt Halls are set up as suites containing two rooms (for a total of four occupants) with a bathroom located in between.

Ferndale and Hoggatt Halls are premier halls. Students eligible for occupancy in these halls will have completed two full semesters at RC or have completed 30 credit hours prior to moving in, and not be on academic alert or probation.

Barbier Hall is our Living-Learning community with our current Leader Dog for the Blind Puppy Program.

Each room is equipped with a single bed, a desk and desk chair and closet/wardrobe for each resident. Ferndale, Hoggatt and some of the Alma Gatewood Hall are furnished with beds having loft and/or bunk capabilities.

Rochester College believes that the residence hall experience is among the most valuable experiences of college life. Commuting takes additional time, effort and money, often causing students to miss out on special meetings, devotionals and activities. The residence halls are generally for traditional students 25 years of age or younger who are taking at least nine credit hours. A full-time student must live on campus unless the student is:

  • 21 years of age and at junior status (60 credit hours prior to the semester in question)
  • married
  • a parent or legal guardian of a child living with living with him/her
  • living with a relative over the age of 25 years
  • 23 years of age or older

Exceptions will be considered only if substantial hardship is demonstrated. The Dean of Students must approve all exceptions.

International students older than 25 years may apply for housing on a case-by-case basis, and if granted, may be assigned a private room.

All single students living on campus in traditional residence halls or in apartments without kitchenettes are required to purchase a college meal plan. More information on the available meal plans may be found in the Residential Dining Facilities section of the website. Exemptions from the meal plan are accomplished by completing a Meal Plan Modification/Exemption form with attached documentation via the Student Portal. Any questions can be emailed to the Assistant Dean of Community Living. Requests for exemption are usually approved only when medical conditions dictate that the college meal plan or any modifications of the meal plan are unable to meet the medical needs of the student.

Palmer Hall contains limited space for married housing and non-traditional aged students and runs on a wait list. No furniture is provided for Palmer residents. Palmer Hall requires more “self-management” than other facilities since it has outside room entrances.

Priority for traditional campus housing is given to single students. Married student and non-traditional aged student housing is based upon availability and enrollment.

Room Reservations

Current students may reserve a room online at for campus housing beginning in February of each year. Although we do our best to grant room selections, we cannot guarantee any specific rooms. Rooms are granted on a first come, first serve basis.

New students who have completed the enrollment process will receive their housing assignment as early as May of the year they will begin attending Rochester College (fall semester). Reservations for spring semester will be processed in a similar manner and time frame.

Academic Requirements for Residency

Students must be enrolled in at least nine credit hours to live in the residence halls. Those students enrolled in fewer than nine hours must apply for an exception from the Assistant Dean of Community Living in order to live on campus. Students dropping to fewer than nine hours during a semester must first request permission to remain in the residence hall. Please note that permission is not automatically granted.

Students who move off-campus during a semester are required to properly check out with the Coordinator. Refunds will be granted according to the policy stipulated in the current course catalog.

Vacation Breaks

The college provides limited residence hall monitoring and food service during Labor Day and Easter breaks. However, residence halls will be closed during Thanksgiving Break and Christmas Break. Alma Gatewood will be closed over Spring Break. Ferndale and Hoggatt Halls will be open over Spring Break for Ferndale and Hoggatt residents and their guests. To enter the halls and stay overnight, all guests must be accompanied by their host(s). When the halls close, residents must vacate the residence hall no later than the announced closing time and return no earlier than the announced opening time. International students or students living more than 500 miles in distance from the campus needing assistance in securing local housing during the breaks must submit a written request at least one week in advance to the Residence Life Office. The college will aid these residents in finding housing accommodations during these break periods but cannot guarantee housing.

Room Changes / Private Rooms

Room changes can be made after the first two weeks of classes and a fee of $60 will be charged for each move. The room change procedure is outlined on the Residence Life website.

Private rooms are not always available. The College reserves the right to fill private rooms with those persons having specific documented physical or other medical needs prior to attempting to honor personal requests from students. Those students interested in obtaining private room status should properly mark their room reservation forms. A private room carries an extra charge per semester. See the course catalog for fee details. Private room requests are processed on a first come, first serve basis.

The College reserves the right to reassign individuals to different rooms or residence halls. These reassignments may occur if it is determined that the move would better serve the needs of all parties involved.

Residence Hall Check-In and Check-Out

Residents may check-in their assigned residence hall during the designated check-in period published in the housing assignment provided to each resident during the summer months. New students must have completed the enrollment process prior to move-in. Returning students should have completed their room reservation process and be up-to-date on their student account in the Business Office.

The dates for residential students to check into the residence halls are publicized each year. We request that students not ask for exceptions to this date due to the tightly planned timeline of move-ins, training schedules and other activities happening on campus including our summer facility rental schedule. For specific check-in and check-out procedures, reference the Residence Life website.

Personal Property Insurance

All personal property of residential students is solely the resident’s responsibility at all times. The College is not liable for any property loss or damages under any circumstances, including theft, fire, water, or any other casualty loss. It is highly recommended that residential students purchase rental insurance or a modified homeowner’s policy to cover your possessions in a residence hall environment. Residents should complete an Incident Report and submit it to the Coordinator if items are stolen or misplaced, in order to document the situation for insurance claims, as well as make the College aware of the incident. Students are also encouraged to file a report with the local authorities when theft occurs. The College, with proper documentation, will investigate the incident and report any findings back to the student and to the police should they be involved.