On Campus Life Boosts TAMIU Student Success
What's the best way for college students to increase their chances of
graduating on time and making new friends?
They can live on campus at Texas A&M International University.
Some of the benefits of living on campus are obvious: short walk to
classes or the library and convenient access to professor's office hours
and campus events.
"Studies show students who live on campus have higher GPAs, complete
their degrees in shorter time, don't transfer as much and have a more
positive college experience. The students get the full benefits of the
university," explained Dr. Tom Corti, vice president for Student
"By interacting with other students daily in the clubhouse, dining
center, and in the halls, they develop a greater sense of community,"
added Stephanie Hilbrand, Residence Hall manager, "You'll see the
RLC students sit in the Diner, and they're noisy and having a good time.
That's a community. The RLC is naturally a much more inclusive community
than apartments, where you don't have to interact with the other people
living around you."
This Fall, the opening of the new 424-bed Residential Learning Community
signaled a new era at TAMIU. The University manages the new facility and
is in the process of negotiating an agreement so it can also manage the
254-bed University Village.
The Residential Learning Community is divided into five themed floors:
24-hour quiet floor, health professions floor, wellness/substance free
floor, performing arts floor, and an all female floor, as well as a floor
without a theme.
"We are looking for ways to develop the community and students.
We didn't have this opportunity before. When we get more students living
on campus, they won't feel isolated. This develops cohesion and helps
retention," explained Dr. Corti.
"It's great for younger students because they're in a group they
can identify with. Everybody's learning how to study and meet new people.
Most of the students are vulnerable and meeting new people is easier if
you live on campus. And when you meet new people, you make a connection
and with that connection comes the desire to stay at the University and
be successful as a student," Hilbrand offered.
But for those who might think they can't live on campus because they
live with their family in Laredo, they can benefit from living on campus
"If the reason you're leaving Laredo is just to leave your parents,
come live here on campus," said Dr. Corti.
"As a bonus, most students who live on campus develop better relationships
with their parents and say that they appreciate their parents more,"
For information about On-Campus Housing, visit http://housing.tamiu.edu
or call 956.326.1300.
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