Beginning this fall, returning students at Northern State University will be able to once again reside in Jerde Hall. Additionally, all halls for the next academic year will accommodate housing for all upperclassmen and freshmen. The restructuring is an effort by the Office of Residence Life to build communities that will strengthen the mission of the Student Affairs division as well as the university.
In the fall of 2013, the Office of Residence Life began a First Year Residence Hall Experience (F.Y.R.E) in Jerde Hall in an attempt to strengthen the freshmen student experience. “In talking to our students we found that many upper-class students like the location of Jerde Hall to athletic facilities and find the cost to be more within their budget,” Marty Sabolo, Director of Residence Life said when asked about why the change was being made.
“It has been my experience that many times freshmen benefit from the experiences and wisdom of returning students, and returning students benefit from the spirit and enthusiasm that fresh new eyes bring each year,” Sabolo elaborated.
While Jerde will not house freshmen exclusively next year, there will be new initiatives and programming opportunities that will be offered to freshmen residential students that will enhance their first year experience. These new initiatives include a restructuring of hall staffs that will provide a variety of opportunities for residents based on their class standing.
While final figures have yet to be determined, the plan currently calls for Jerde Hall to house approximately 60% to 70% freshmen with the remaining spaces to be occupied by upperclassmen. Kramer and Steele will house approximately 70% to 75% upperclassmen and the remaining spaces will be offered to freshmen. Briscoe and Lindberg will house a more even split, with Lindberg still being home for NSU Honors students.
The Office of Residence Life is excited about these changes and is gearing up to help students sign up for 2016-2017 housing.
NSU Office of Residence Life