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Residence Life

Mission and Vision

In keeping with the mission of CSU, the Residence Life Office strives to create an environment that is conducive to the intellectual, emotional, spiritual and relational well-being of each residential student. Integration of faith in learning, leading and serving are elements that produce opportunities for Residence Life to partner in building a thriving learning community within our residence halls.

Living on campus will provide many new experiences that include making new friends, facing new challenges and developing memories that will last you a lifetime. We feel that all of these are important parts of a quality educational experience.

Our mission is to create a community that honors God and enables students to thrive. We do this through pursuing five themes: Jesus, Neighbor, Community, Disciple and Accountability.


Introducing Housing Options

We’re excited to introduce new pricing options for CSU housing. This structure will allow students to choose a living environment based on student preferences, building amenities, and pricing options. In response to student desires, this model increases the number of double occupancy rooms available in campus housing by almost 20%. We continually seek opportunities to provide residents with more amenities, privacy, and spaces to socialize.



Spring Checkouts

All residential students are required each semester to checkout of their room at within 24 hours of their last final. For example, if your last final is at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, must checkout BEFORE 9 a.m. Thursday. Residents should sign up for a checkout time with their RA. Moving out of a residence hall without going through the proper procedure will result in up to $200 in fines.  All students must be properly checked out 24 hours after their last exam.

The last time to check out is noon on May 1, 2019. Only graduating residents may remain in the residence halls until graduation day, May 4. Graduating residents should sign up for a checkout date and time with the Residence Life Office by May 2.  

Summer Housing

All students enrolled in at least three (3) hours of on campus courses are welcomed to live on campus. Sign-up by completing the online form:

Check-ins are:

  • May 5 – Maymester, Extended Maymester, CAPS I Check In (2-4 p.m.) in the New Residence Hall Lobby
  • May 26 – Summer I Check In (2-6 p.m.) in the New Residence Hall Lobby
  • June 9 – Bridge Check In (2-6 p.m.) in the New Residence Hall Lobby
  • June 23 – CAPS II Check In (2-4 p.m.) in the New Residence Hall Lobby
  • June 30 – Summer II Check In (2-6 p.m.) in the New Residence Hall Lobby


  • Residents must be enrolled in at least three (3) hours of on campus classes
  • Complete the online form
  • Check in and Check out information will be communicated via your CSU email account
  • Summer residents must check out with their RA no later than 24 hours after their last exam

Fall Move-ins

o   New Student move-in is August 23, 8 a.m.-noon

o   Returner move-in is August 23, 1-5 p.m. or August 24, 3-6 p.m.



Residence Life Guide

Check out the Residence Life Guide to get a quick overview of our community and standards. These are just a few of the CSU guidelines. Residents are responsible for knowing the rest of the guidelines listed in the Student Handbook.