Residency Requirement

Kutztown University has established a policy that full-time undergraduate students with less than 60 earned credits, who are not veterans, married, or living with parents or a legal guardian with a zip code within a 30-mile radius of Kutztown shall be required to live in a university-operated residence hall. Students interested in living off-campus must have earned at least 60 credits or have completed four (4) full semesters at Kutztown University (does not include summer sessions) before they can move off campus. The 60 credit on-campus requirement will only be waived for students who commute from their home of record, withdraw from the university, take a leave of absence or chose to study abroad. Students who wish to seek an exception to this policy, within the guidelines listed below, are required to apply for permission to commute daily to campus. 

  • Residency Requirement Information

    Policy:
    Kutztown University has established a policy that full-time undergraduate students with less than 60 earned credits who are not veterans, married or living with parents or legal guardian with a zip code within a 30-mile radius of Kutztown shall be required to live in a university-operated residence hall. Students interested in living off-campus must have earned at least 60 credits or have completed four (4) full semesters at Kutztown University (does not include summer sessions) before they can move off campus. The 60 credit on-campus requirement will only be waived for students who commute from their home of record within the approved zip-codes, withdraw from the University, take a leave of absence or chose to study abroad. Students who wish to seek an exception to this policy, within the guidelines listed below, are required to apply for permission to commute daily to campus.


    Determination of Full-Time Student Status:

    • A full-time student is an individual enrolled for 12 or more credit hours (including credit hours added after registration day).
      *All undergraduate freshmen (under 30 completed credits) students admitted with a paid $200 advanced registration deposit to Kutztown University will be considered to be full-time and be assigned to on-campus housing.
    • Students initially registered in a part-time status who adds sufficient courses to attain full-time
  • Residency Requirement Exceptions

    Any full-time student, with 60 credits or less, who wishes to live off campus, must request an exception of the Kutztown University residency requirement.  All exception requests will be considered in accordance with the Kutztown University policy's intent to maximize the educational process. Certain conditions, if met, assure an individual of permission to live off campus. These specific exceptions are as follows:

    • 60+ Credits transferred into Kutztown University (No notarization required)
    • Lived on-campus for two years at previous institution of higher education (additional documentation from previous institution on official university letterhead required)
    • Veteran (additional documentation required, no notarization required)
    • Living with Parent\Guardian (Requires Notarization) Please attach this form to your application AFTER it has been filled out and notarized. You will be denied without this documentation. 
    • Married (additional documentation required, no notarization required)       
    • 21 Years of age or Older (based on birthdate submitted on Kutztown University Admissions Application, no notarization required)       
    • Provide direct care for a legal dependent (additional documentation required, no notarization required)       
    • Verification of Financial Hardship (additional documentation required, no notarization required)       
    • Internships\Student Teaching that earn university credits (additional documentation required, no notarization required)       
    • Participation in a university sponsored Study Away program (additional documentation required, no notarization required)
    • Students with disabilities that cannot be accommodated in on-campus housing (additional documentation required, no notarization required)     

    If you would like to apply for an exception to the above requirement you will need to complete the Residency Exception Request Application on your MyKU Housing account. Further instructions are listed below:

    • Log on to your MyKU Housing Account (mykuhousing.kutztown.edu) using your Kutztown Student ID and Password.
    • Click on "Forms and Applications" at the top of your screen and Select "Residency Exception Request" from the drop down menu.
    • Read through the On-Campus Residency Requirement information page and provide an electronic signature at the bottom of the page acknowledging that you understand the policy. Click Continue.
    • Select the semester and year that you are applying for release from the residency requirement. *Note that if you are released from the requirement, you do not have to apply for future semesters. Note that if you are released from the requirement, you do not have to apply for future semesters.
    • Provide a contact phone number.
    • Choose your reason for exception. If the reason you select requires additional documentation, a field will pop up that will allow you to upload 5 files. Attach any additional documentation that is required. If the reason you select requires additional documentation, a field will pop up that will allow you to upload 5 files. Attach any additional documentation that is required. When using the "Living with Parent/Guardian" reason you may use this form. Click Continue.
    • Your application is complete. You will be notified in roughly 48 hours in regards to whether you have been released from the residency requirement or not.If you have any further questions, please reach out to housing@kutztown.edu.  
  • Residency Requirement Appeals

    If you would like to appeal the above requirement and it falls outside the reasoning for an exception OR your residency exception request was denied, you will need to complete the Residency Requirement Appeal Form. All other reasons will be reviewed by the Residency Requirement Appeals Committee upon receipt of completed Residency Requirement Appeals Form

    All appeal requests will be considered in accordance with the Kutztown University policy's intent to maximize the educational process.