This residency requirement is effective beginning Fall 2015.

Living in an on-campus residential learning community throughout college is an integral part of the Ohio Wesleyan educational experience.  As a residential university, we require full-time enrolled students to reside on campus unless you meet one of the criteria listed below.  Students can submit the Housing Exemption Request Form to start the exemption request process.  Eligibility for housing exemptions include the criteria below:

  1. You are residing with parents or legal guardians at their primary place of residence within 30 miles driving distance of campus.  You must provide documentation that the address given is the bona fide primary place of residence of your parents or guardians. “Primary place of residence” is defined as the one place where an owner of the property has his/her true, fixed, and permanent home that will continue as a primary place of residence until another primary place of residence is established.  If your parents or legal guardians rent, and do not own, their primary place of residence, copies of leases reflecting the necessary continuous period of occupancy must be provided.  Further documentation may be required at the discretion of the Residential Life staff.
  2. You are 23 years of age or older during the academic year for which an exception is requested.
  3. You are a fifth-year senior.
  4. You are legally married. (You are required to provide documentation.)
  5. You are the parent of dependent children. (You are required to provide documentation.)
  6. You have medical or psychological conditions that cannot be accommodated by the University. Ohio Wesleyan is committed to making accommodations in our residences for medical or psychological conditions for which a student has been diagnosed by a licensed health care provider. Accommodations are made in consultation with OWU personnel including representatives from the Student Health Center, Counseling Services, and Sagan Academic Resource Center. In rare circumstances when the University is unable to make accommodations as determined by these personnel, the student will be granted an exception. (The process requires additional paperwork obtainable only after a meeting with the Disabilities Coordinator.)

Any student approved for a housing exemption based on criteria #1 above (residing with parents or legal guardians at their primary place of residence) is later found to be residing somewhere else, the University reserves the right to require the student to move back on campus with applicable room and board charges and to refer the student to the student conduct system.

Students can submit the Housing Exemption Request Form to start the exemption request process.

For questions about the residency requirement, please contact the Residential Life Office at 740-368 3175 or



Residential Life Office
Hamilton-Williams Campus Center #213
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3175
F 740-368-3174

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