- Living on campus is a critical component of the CLASS (Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students) experience. It provides students with the opportunity to live, learn, and experience Rensselaer and the local Troy area with members of their cohort.
On-Campus Living Requirements
The following cohorts are required to live on campus in the Residential Commons:
- First-year students
- Second-year students
- Transfer Students for their first year at Rensselaer (one semester if January admission)
- Students participating in The Arch summer term.
Greek Life Waiver Exceptions
Second-year students affiliated with an active Greek organization may submit a housing waiver which grants them an exception from the campus housing requirement, allowing them to live in their organization's Institute recognized house. Students are required to return to the Residential Commons for The Arch summer term.
Students with extenuating financial or medical/health-related circumstances can request a housing waiver.
Waiver requests are reviewed by a committee that meets once every three weeks. Decisions are sent to the student's Rensselaer email account.
Note: Waivers are only granted for extreme and extenuating circumstances. Signing a lease off-campus, living locally, or roommate concerns will not typically result in a housing waiver. Submit a request for a housing waiver
Waiver Submission Deadlines
We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2019 Waivers
For Spring 2020
- Returning Students- November 15, 2019
- New Students- December 27, 2019
For Summer 2020
- All Students- December 27, 2019
For Fall 2020
- Returning Students- February 7, 2020
- Incoming First-Year Students- May 22, 2020
- New Transfer Students- July 24, 2020
Waiver Committee Meetings
|Waiver Application Submitted by noon on this date:||Waiver Committee will review on this date:||Students will be notified of the decision by noon on this date:|
|Friday, September 13, 2019||Friday, September 20, 2019||Tuesday, September 24, 2019|
|Friday, October 4, 2019||Friday, October 11, 2019||Tuesday, October 15, 2019|
|Friday, October 25, 2019||Friday, November 1, 2019||Tuesday, November 5, 2019|
|Friday, November 15, 2019||Friday, November 22, 2019||Tuesday, November 26, 2019|
|Friday, December 6, 2019||Friday, December 13, 2019||Tuesday, December 17, 2019|
|Friday, December 27, 2019||Friday, January 3, 2020||Tuesday, January 7, 2020|
|Friday, January 17, 2020||Friday, January 24, 2020||Tuesday, January 28, 2020|
|Friday, February 7, 2020||Friday, February 14, 2020||Tuesday, February 18, 2020|
|Friday, February 28, 2020||Friday, March 6, 2020||Tuesday, March 10, 2020|
|Friday, March 20, 2020||Friday, March 27, 2020||Tuesday, March 31, 2020|
|Friday, April 10, 2020||Friday, April 17, 2020||Tuesday, April 21, 2020|
|Friday, May 1, 2020||Friday, May 8, 2020||Tuesday, May 12, 2020|
|Friday, May 22, 2020||Friday, May 29, 2020||Tuesday, June 2, 2020|
|Friday, June 12, 2020||Friday, June 19, 2020||Tuesday, June 23, 2020|
|Friday, July 3, 2020||Friday, July 10, 2020||Tuesday, July 14, 2020|
|Friday, July 24, 2020||Friday, July 31, 2020||Tuesday, August 4, 2020|