Residential Education

Research shows that students who live in the residence halls during their first year are more connected to the university, have higher GPAs, will graduate faster than their non-residential peers and be better prepared for life after graduation. Equipped with well-trained staff, Oregon State University’s residence halls adhere to a programmatic curriculum that encourages out-of-the-classroom learning and facilitates academic success.

University Housing and Dining Services has developed many new initiatives in partnership with several cross-campus organizations to ensure that the residence halls will serve as spaces where academic success thrives.


  • Improve first-to-second-year retention among the students living in residence halls
  • Increase the university’s six-year graduation rate by addressing the development of various competencies and transitional issues related to the first year experience


Ben Medeiros
Assistant Director, Living-Learning Communities
University Housing and Dining Services


Relevant Initiatives

Academic Learning Assistants

In partnership with the Academic Success Center, UHDS will continue its efforts to provide providing academic support and faculty engagement opportunities in the residence halls through Academic Learning Assistants. These live-in hall staff will be available to residents beginning in fall 2014 and will support first-year students in their adjustment to the academic culture of Oregon State by helping them cultivate strong academic habits and college knowledge, promoting engagement with university resources and assisting them in navigating the university landscape. Academic Learning Assistants will connect with students through one-on-one meetings and hall-wide programs and activities.