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Why live on campus?
Residence life and housing research suggest students who live on campus:

  • Have a higher grade point average.

  • Access and contact faculty more often.

  • Utilize university resources more often.

  • Have up to a 20% better chance of graduating with a degree.

  • Are more satisfied with their college experience.

  • Make lifelong friends.

  • Develop hands-on leadership skills through the many opportunities provided in the residence halls.

  • Save time commuting and fighting for limited parking spaces.

  • Convenient, nutritious meals prepared for you.

Midland Michigan Residential Campus


Incoming Freshmen

At Northwood University, we believe that a residential environment is an important component of the college experience. Therefore, the University has a residency policy for all first and second year students. Students who have achieved junior status (60 credit hours) by the first day of class in the fall semester and have not signed a housing contract are not required to live on campus for that academic year.

All full-time (i.e., registered for 12 or more credit hours) students first enrolled at Northwood for the Fall 2018 semester or later with less than 60 credit hours are required to reside on campus unless they meet one of the criteria for exemption noted below:

Student must meet one or more of the following criteria to be exempted from the residency policy:

  1. Has completed a total of four (4) semesters living in university residence halls (excluding summers) at Northwood University and/or another institution;

  2. Is two full years removed from their high school graduation date;

  3. Is residing with parents, legal guardians, or a relative at their primary residence within a 50 mile radius of Northwood University;

  4. Is 21 years of age or older by the first day of class in the fall semester of the academic year for which an exception is requested;

  5. Is Legally married;

  6. Is a parent of dependent child(ren);

  7. Has time served as a member of the United States armed services;

  8. Has a medical, psychological, or physical requirements that cannot be accommodated by the college. In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and with the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, students with diagnosed disabilities who may need some form of disability-related housing consideration should submit their request to the Director of Academic and Learning Services. In rare circumstances when the University is unable to make an accommodation, the student will be granted an exemption from the residency requirement;

  9. Has documented evidence of extreme, unanticipated, financial hardship (must provide documentation and consult with the Northwood University Financial Aid Office);

  10. Has been officially notified of non-admission, withdrawal, or dismissal from the University;

  11. Is participating in a Northwood University off-campus study abroad or internship program which exceeds more than three weeks in length; or

  12. Has graduated from the University.

All resident students are required to purchase a Standard or Unlimited meal plan, except for students residing in campus apartments with full kitchen facilities within the resident unit (i.e., North Village) who are not required to purchase a meal plan.