|Updated: 10/01/2012 10:32 pm
||Published: 10/01/2012 7:50 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The University of Arkansas-Little Rock announced Monday all incoming freshman will be required to stay in the residence halls starting fall 2013.
"There is much research to show students who live in campus housing make better grades, they are much more likely to stay in school, they graduate in higher numbers, and they report more satisfaction with their college experience," said Chancellor Joel Anderson
Right now, it costs about $4,950 for housing. Freshman would also be required to buy a meal plan, costing $2,420. So beginning next fall, incoming freshmen will have to add $7,370 to their first year costs.
Current Freshman Jasmain Jones likes living on campus.
"Besides the point of not living with your mom, it is good to stay on campus because you are more focused," said Jones.
Anderson says the University can handle all freshman students living on campus next year.
"We are confident we can. That's obviously something we will deal with when the time comes," said Anderson.
Computer Science major Mark Bolding thinks there should be more research on the new policy
"It would make it easier on the freshman, but I am not sure if it should be required," said Bolding.
There are exemptions for non-traditional and part-time students.