Sophomore rule at OSU means living two years on campus

COLUMBUS (WCMH) –  At the same time enrollment at Ohio State University is setting records, the number of students living on campus will also be setting records.

Starting this week as Freshmen and Sophomores are allowed to move in, both classes will be required to stay in campus dorms.

OSU records show more than 14,000 students will be living in dorms spread across their campus. In past years sophomores were able to move off-campus, but that will only happen this year with permission from OSU.

NBC4 spoke with a senior moving in off campus on East Norwich and Freshman and Sophomore moving into dorms on campus, none said the sophomore rule is a big deal.

“I think personally it is just a personal preference. A lot of people like to live off campus because they have a little more freedom with what they do, but I honestly prefer living in the dorms, because we have the quiet hours and it is more of a stable environment,” said Kayla Thomsen, an OSU Sophomore.

Emmanuel Atil is a Freshman who was allowed to move in early. He said he is not concerned about living on campus for two years.

“At least for my Freshman and sophomore years because I will be very active doing many things professors, faculty and students alike, so being on campus just makes it that much easier for me.”

He said the sophomore rule didn’t figure in when he chose to attend OSU.

“I don’t think so, I mean I came for the resources and the education, I didn’t come for where I am going to be living my sophomore year,” said Atil.

An OSU spokesman said research shows keeping sophomores on campus is good for both the university and students.

“One of the things we found is students who stayed on campus a second year have a better graduation rate and retention rate,” said David Isaacs with OSU.

Even with many upperclassmen moving into the off campus area, there are  a lot of for rent signs.

“It does seem a little less busy, that is kind of nice. I have some sophomore friends that have to live in the dorms again, maybe would have been nice to live off campus together,” said OSU Senior Alex Schrag.

Off campus landlords could be feeling the loss of rental income. Some estimates show 15 to 20 percent less renters around campus. But one landlord NBC4 spoke with said some will thrive even with the downsizing.

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