YU Housing Update
Throughout this past year, and more intensively over the summer, we have taken a broad, holistic view of our housing program. We analyzed everything that relates to dormitory life from cost, safety, amenities, facilities, how we place students, our “first time on campus” (FTOC) student programming and the emotional value of living in University housing. The rich tradition of YU on-campus housing, that thousands of graduates over the decades have experienced, is revamped. This is no longer the housing your parents or grandparents experienced—in many important ways, it’s become more personal, inviting and meaningful.
During the 2010-11 academic year residence hall fees were the same no matter where you lived. This year as you know, we have offered students varied price options. Upperclassmen had the option of living in Morgenstern Residence Hall or Muss Residence Hall for a price that is significantly lower. First time on campus students had the option of selecting a two-person room in Rubin Residence Hall, or a new three-person configuration at a significant savings.
Life in our residence halls is an integral part of the integrated educational experience Yeshiva University offers its students. In order to help students avail themselves of the on-campus living experience, reducing costs was a primary concern of ours and I am pleased we successfully accomplished this. The rich, warm and caring environment and varied on-campus services have not been reduced. In fact, we have enriched our offerings to foster academic and social success.
Air-conditioning, computer lab, Caf@Morg food service, Wi-Fi internet, renovated lounge space, are all a part of the new Morg experience.
Rubin Hall now offers programming geared specifically for our first time on campus students. This new programming is designed to ensure a comfortable, welcoming, supportive and healthy entry into college. Within steps of a student’s room, there are now services available for academic services, tutoring, advising, religious guidance, writing and career development services and more.
We maintain a transparency and openness to our students and seek feedback regularly. We formed a committee consisting of Mr. Jeff Rosengarten, VP of Administrative Services along with his team, Dr. Victor Schwartz, Senior Dean of Students, Dean David Himber, Dean of Students, Sean Hirschhorn and myself, to create more attractive housing facilities, services and offerings. After numerous realistic budgetary meetings, we developed the new dormitory life improvements described above.
We are especially proud of our plan for FTOCs having resources brought directly into the dorm. We currently have a lineup of thirteen events, between now and December, geared specifically for FTOCs to ensure a successful academic and personal transition into life at YU.
Our H2h program, “Here to Help” –was initiated several years ago. We pair first time students with upperclassmen based on their intended academic major. This relationship is designed to help underclassmen successfully navigate their way through the myriad of issues new students face—from registration, class schedules, time management, transportation, and living in New York City.
Our RAs, selected carefully through a rigorous evaluation process, are trained to assist students in every area of university life. They are sources of inspiration and information. They plan activities, keep students informed, are always available to listen, guide and coach.
Sean and I are available daily, nightly, weekdays and weekends, with open doors, open phones, emails and take pleasure in staying closely involved with our students. University dormitory students are a part of our family, not simply residents. We look forward to hearing from you.
Jonathan Mantell is Director of Yeshiva University’s Office of University Housing and Residence Life.