First-Year Residence Requirements
Armstrong offers first-year students the opportunity to live in Windward Commons, our state-of-the-art first-year student residence hall. This facility is a 600-bed suite-style residence hall with private, semi-private, single, and bunk bed suites. We have designed this facility with residential interest groups and residential learning communities because at Armstrong, our belief is that students living on campus tend to earn better grades, graduate at a higher rate, and finish college sooner than their non-resident counterparts. We also believe that living on campus provides a first-year student with close proximity to services and programs that significantly helps with success in the first year. For these reasons, Armstrong requires first-year students to live on campus.
If you are considering attending Armstrong, please be aware of the live-on requirement, unless you are married, a custodial parent of dependent children, become 21 years of age prior to the first day of the semester entering, are enrolled only in online or Liberty Center classes, or reside with a parent or guardian in Chatham, Bryan, Effingham or Liberty counties. This policy applies to all undergraduate students with fewer than 30 credit hours entering Armstrong for the first time.
Students transferring to Armstrong with fewer than 30 completed hours of college credit accepted by the university are also required to live on campus. In general, first-year students will be housed in Windward Commons. First-year transfer students may be placed in one of the apartment communities, should Windward Commons be filled at the time of application.
Note: Credits earned through CLEP, AP, or hours earned through concurrent enrollment or similar opportunities may not be part of the 30 hours for required living in Housing.
Exemptions to the First-Year Live-On Requirement may be requested by the student for the following reasons and must be supported by appropriate documentation:
- If the student is married (must provide copy of marriage license)
- If the student lives with their parent or legal guardian in the Savannah metro area (Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties)
- If the student is a custodial parent of a dependent child (must provide copy of birth certificate and custodial decree)
- If the student is 21 years of age or older prior to the first day of the semester entering (must provide birth certificate)
- If the student has completed 30 or more hours of college credit accepted by Armstrong
- If the student is enrolled only in online courses or only Liberty Center courses (must provide copy of class schedule)
- If the student is active military (must provide copy of orders)
Note: Even if the student qualifies for an exemption for the First-Year Live-On Requirement, the student must complete the Request for Exemption form and submit the completed form to Housing and Residence Life. Exemptions are not considered complete until they have been approved/ denied by the Office of Housing and Residence Life.
Any first-year student (less than 30 credit hours) enrolled as a full-time student who does not apply for housing within thirty (30) days of the first day of class, will be automatically assigned to housing and his/her student account will be billed.
Download the Request for Exemption form and submit it in person, fax it (912.344.3452) or mail to:
Armstrong Atlantic State University
Attention: Housing and Residence Life
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419
Special consideration request(s) that are outside the areas for exemption may be submitted to Housing and Residence Life. This request will require documentation and information that should accompany the Request for Exemption Form. Completed forms must be sent to the Office of Housing and Residence Life at the above address. Armstrong reserves the right to approve or deny the request based on the established criteria and/or if supporting documentation is not attached.