Residence hall satisfaction survey ranks CMU ahead of U.S. average in every category

Students say CMU excels in dining, facilities, sense of community, safety, programming
CMU campus

Central Michigan University students have ranked their residence halls above the national average in each of 19 categories.  Those include dining services, facilities, sense of community, safety and security, and overall program effectiveness.

The annual survey by the Association of College and University Housing Officers- International includes 250 universities across the nation. 

“My favorite part of living on campus is the community that can be felt in each hall,” said Alyson Cole, Grand Rapids senior. “The opportunities to get involved and stay active in the hall — there’s never a dull moment when living on campus, and that’s what keeps me and many other students coming back to live in the halls year after year.”

“These results reflect the culture that embraces students when they come to CMU,” said Joan Schmidt, CMU’s director of residence life.  “It’s our mission every day to make sure students have living environments that support their success, to provide outstanding meal choices and to offer programs that build community.”

Importantly, campus life has a direct connection to academic success. Mirroring national data, CMU students who live in residence halls are 11.5 percent more likely to graduate in four years than those who live off campus.

Ninety one percent of students living on CMU’s campus in 2010 for their first year came back to school for their second year.  That compares to just 78.4 percent of students living off campus the first year.

The annual online survey, conducted by Education Benchmarking Inc. in partnership with ACUHO-I, was sent to 5,892 students in CMU’s 22 residence halls. The survey received a 51 percent return rate with 3,006 responses this year.