McPherson College is a residential campus and believes residence life is a crucial part of your college experience. Our residence halls have been designed to enhance both your social and academic experience.

McPherson College has residential facilities that are designed for specific population groups.

Residence Hall and Apartment Room Interiors and Dimensions

  • What does the college supply for those living in on-campus residence halls?
    We supply you with a twin-size bed, a dresser or closet (depending on which residence hall you’ll live in), and a desk. Students also receive access to WiFi internet.
  • Are pets allowed in the residence halls?
    Due to a variety of reasons, we cannot allow any pets in the residence halls.
  • Can I cook in the residence halls?
    Yes! Each floor of each residence hall has a full kitchen, complete with a toaster, microwave, stove/oven, and refrigerator/freezer.
  • Is alcohol allowed on campus?
    No form of alcohol is allowed on campus, regardless of your age. We enforce this policy for the safety of the campus community.
  • What appliances are allowed in residence hall rooms?
    You can have a refrigerator (6 cubic feet or smaller). Our students do not have microwaves, toasters, or other items with heating elements in their personal rooms due to safety.
  • What is the policy for guests in my room?
    You are responsible for your guests and their actions, and your roommate must consent to the visitor. We also have visitation hours which are posted in the dorms. No guests under the age of 18 are allowed in the dorms without written approval by the Resident Director.
  • What items are not allowed in residence halls?
    We do not allow firearms, weapons of any kind, fireworks, dangerous chemicals, gasoline storage, candles, halogen bulbs, pets, or other items which may interfere with a safe and healthy campus.

Interterm costs are included as part of a student’s fall semester fees. Residential students who are enrolled full-time during interterm are permitted to live in the residence halls and participate in the meal plan. Students who are not enrolled for interterm are not permitted to live in the residence halls and are not permitted to participate in the meal plan, and will not receive reimbursement for their room or meal plan. Students who are enrolled for interterm are permitted to live in the residence halls and participate in the meal plan only when their class is in session.

Resident Directors (RDs) live in apartments in the residence halls. They are primarily responsible for the daily operation of each hall. The role of the Resident Director is to provide education for students. In addition, each hall has student staff known as Resident Assistants (RAs). The RA is a resource and program person who works with the residents on a daily basis. RAs are intended to build community in their halls.  Residence staff directory

All full-time students who are married and/or have dependents, live with their parents within a 30-mile radius from the college, or are at least 23 years of age on the official fall enrollment day for the academic year are not expected to live on the McPherson College campus. Exemptions may be granted in cases where persons do not meet the above criteria on an as needed basis. Written requests for exemption to the residency requirement need to be submitted to the Office of Student Life. The below criteria will be used as part of the off-campus exception policy. Remember exception submission do not guarantee approval.

Guidelines to apply to live off-campus:

  • 21 or junior academic status by the upcoming academic year
  • 2.75 or above gpa-New student to McPherson College after transcript review
    2.50 or above gpa-Residential McPherson College GPA
  • Proof of reliable transportation
  • A student in good standing academically
  • A student with a positive conduct record

To request to be exempted from the On-Campus requirement for new (freshmen or transfer) students, please compose a brief, well-written letter and then email as an attachment to stulifeasst@mcpherson.edu.

Automatic exemptions to live off-campus:

  • 23 years or older by August of the academic year
  • Married or have dependent children
  • Live within McPherson County or approximately 30 minutes from McPherson College

Considerations for applying to live off campus:

  • 21 years of age or junior status with one year of MC live-on experience as of August of the academic year
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Positive conduct record
  • Reliable transportation

Your letter should fit on one page, double spaced. Please be sure to include your contact information in the letter as well as answer the following questions:

  • How will you become part of the Bulldog community while living off campus?
  • What are your reasons for wanting to live off campus?
  • How many we contact you if we have more questions?
  • How will living off campus enhance your academic performance?

You should receive a response within 14 calendar days of submission.

  • Television
  • Blu-Ray player
  • NetFlix/Hulu Plus/Amazon Prime membership
  • Refrigerator (up to 6 cubic feet)
  • Cell phone with good service/coverage where your college is
  • Computer (preferably a laptop)
  • Power strip/surge protector
  • Sports equipment (football, volleyball, basketball, and any other type of ball)
  • Desk Lamp
  • Alarm Clock (maybe two)
  • Laundry bag or basket
  • Laundry soap
  • One or more rolls of quarters (for laundry, the coke machine, tolls, etc.)
  • Eating utensils (preferably plastic)
  • Cups and plates – plastic or styrofoam (washing dishes in a community bathroom isn’t fun)
  • Twin XL Bedding – Most dorm beds measure 39 x 80 – so you will need extra long twin sheets, mattress pads and featherbeds. Blankets tend to be longer but for comforters an extra long twin is helpful to avoid cold toes
  • Anything to decorate your room and make you feel at home. No holes can be drilled into walls.
  • Iron and small ironing board, starch
  • Backpack
  • College clothes
  • Bath towels, soap, robe, etc.
  • Personal hygiene items (toothpaste, deodorant, etc…)
  • Shower shoes, flip flops, or Crocs
  • Shower caddy for toiletries (if you have a community bathroom)
  • First aid kit, including Band-aids, antibiotic ointment, ace bandage, etc.
  • Umbrella
  • Raincoat
  • Rain shoes/boots
  • Pictures of family, friends and/or pets
  • Swimsuit(s)
  • Workout and/or sports clothes
  • “Dress” clothes (guys, this means at least a blazer and one or more ties)
  • “Grubby” clothes (who knows if you’ll go clean up along the highway, paint someone’s house or need to play football in the mud)
  • Textbooks – Affordable college textbooks are available online. You can also rent college textbooks instead of buying.
  • Write down all electronic serial numbers and mark them with an identifiable symbol, number, etc.
  • Medication prescriptions-Make sure they are updated and you have possible refills. Check into transferring your prescription to a local pharmacy
  • Insurance card

Please Leave At Home…

  • Pets of any kind
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Tobacco products (including vape systems) or alcohol
  • Microwaves, coffee pots, toasters, or anything with heating coils
  • Candles or candle warmers