Living on campus could mean higher GPA

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Students have started the big move into the dorms on area college campuses. Now there's new information showing they might want to stay there to keep their grades up.

New research says students who live on campus have a higher GPA, than those who don't. The University of Wisconsin Eau Claire says the research confirms information it has on the students there and students say they agree there's a difference when studying on campus and off campus.

Thursday new freshman students started moving into their new homes, where they'll live and study for at least their freshman year. However students taking in the last few days without classes, who have already moved out of the dorms agree, making the grade is easier living up the hill.

"It's super easy to go home for lunch and nap and not want to walk back to campus. When you're on campus it's not a far walk," says Katie Cornelissen.

"I lived in the dorms for two years and there's really nothing to do so it's easy to want to study and forming study group is a lot easier because everyone lives in the same place," says Annelise Christenson.

A professor at UW-La Crosse helped co-author the study. It says students living on campus at any point in their college career hold a better GPA than students who never did.

"It doesn't come as a surprise, our resident life and housing folks have done a lot of research themselves and that would confirm what they did that the average student's GPA is higher than a commuting students," says UWEC’s Director of Admissions, Kris Anderson.

The study says there are a lot of factors and says there's no evidence students living on campus studied more or engaged in less alcohol or drug use. However it did find students, who've at one time lived on campus, were studying more with peers and were using less alcohol and drugs than students who had never lived on campus.

"The resident halls are closer to things like the library so a student is more likely to head there since it's five minuets away as opposed to driving to campus but I think it's more the shared experience with other students going though the same thing," says Anderson.

"I have been fortunate enough to keep study habits since I moved off campus and I know that's not the same for everyone," says Cornelissen.

The research says students on campus have a GPA of .03 to .09 higher than their counterparts off campus. The UW-Eau Claire Housing and Residential Life Department keeps stats and says the numbers aren't as drastic, but do show on campus students do have a better GPA over-all.

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