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Housing and Residence Life

Building Community

Life on a college campus can be exciting and transformative, AND it is a big change for most incoming students.  While you may be excited to grow more independent away from home, you may be nervous about living with a roommate and other people you've never met before. That is okay!  We hope that EMU will feel like home in a short time.  We believe that classroom learning is just one aspect of the unique educational experience provided by living on campus. Life together at EMU offers a chance to:

  • live and participate in a caring community
  • build lifelong relationships with students and staff
  • engage in programs that support college learning
  • live in a community of mutual accountability
  • develop your ethical framework for life beyond EMU

Do I have to be Mennonite to feel at home here? No! EMU’s undergraduate students are a mix of more than 30 different denominations and faith backgrounds, with Mennonites making up less than half. We share core values and together we worship, celebrate, challenge, encourage and inspire each other to grow in our relationship with God and neighbor.

Staff You Can Rely On

At EMU, you’ll find a campus community of caring people working to create a space of welcome as you move from one home to another. The Residence Life department’s mission statement is:

Building and enhancing a campus residential community that is welcoming and supportive of all, and that enhances the dignity and well-being of each member.

In addition to a university-wide Director of Residence Life, each residence hall has a Residence Director, who lives within the residence hall with their family, on hand to help in many ways. RDs are live-in, professional staff, sometimes enrolled in graduate programs. They provide counsel and opportunities to grow and learn, hold you accountable to community life standards, and help you adjust to this new place.

In most residence halls, you’ll find the RDs in the apartment(s) located on the main floor of the residence hall. Learn more about our staff.

Student Leaders Trained to Help

RDs work with several Community Advisors, or CAs, student staff who have been through a rigorous selection and training process, equipping them to serve as peer leaders and facilitators. Each residence hall is divided into units with student CAs as leaders, so there is always someone to turn to with questions or just to connect in friendship.

If you are interested in serving as a CA , stop by the Student Life offices for an application form.

Many floors are also served by Ministry Assistants (MAs) or Pastoral Assistants (PAs), leading small group Bible studies and other fellowship activities in residence halls. These student leaders also plan and lead chapel services, organize sharing time in the residence halls, and more. Learn more about Campus Ministries

Living Together, Learning Together

EMU is a Christian residential college committed to the education of the whole person. Here students face the challenges of personal growth and group sharing as they respond to the invitation to understand and respect each other. As students share, they learn about each other and grow emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually.

To support this learning, the office of Residence Life has developed several learning outcomes for our Life Together: 

  •  Applying New Knowledge - Connect new knowledge to lived experience and lived experience to academic conversations
  • Balanced Living - Integrate personal identities and values that inform choices and support wholistic success
  • Conflict Transformation - Analyze and transform everyday conflict and relationships in a restorative way
  •  Dignity and Difference - Actively engage diversity with humility and respect; recognize the dignity of all races, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, religions, and neurodiversity
  • Enjoying Healthy Relationships - Pursue sustainable and safe relationships with self, others, and communities that promote thriving for all
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