The faculty, staff and students of the Weber Honors College at San Diego State
University (SDSU) believe that living on campus and being engaged in a rich educational
environment outside of the classroom is an integral part of a student's complete
educational experience and of becoming a productive, engaged, and understanding
citizen of the world. All local and out-of-area Weber Honors College freshmen are required to live on campus in the Honors Residential College in Zura Hall during their first year at SDSU. This policy was
designed to ensure an exceptional undergraduate experience for Honors students
at SDSU. Students living in the Honors Residential College
will have the advantage of experiencing a small, intellectually and socially
vibrant liberal arts environment, while enjoying access to all the resources of a large
Beginning Fall 2017, all out-of-area Weber Honors College freshmen are required to live on campus for two years as part of the SDSU Sophomore Success Program. To learn more about the SDSU Sophomore Success program, click here. Local area Weber Honors College freshmen are not required to live on campus their second year but those who want to can opt to live in the sophomore Honors living-learning community (located within an independent apartment style residence hall) on a space available basis.
Why did the Weber Honors College make the decision to require freshman Honors Program students to live in Zura Hall?
The Weber Honors College believes strongly in a residential, liberal arts education. The Honors Residential College provides a unique community where highly motivated students encourage each other to excel as they share experiences in and out of the classroom. The rich, supportive educational environment offers a place where students from diverse backgrounds can enjoy a rich array of academic, co-curricular, and experiential activities. Such an environment creates opportunities for students to use their talents and creativity in the service of understanding the world, of communicating effectively with others, and of making a positive difference. In addition, the Honors Residential College promotes involvement on campus, leadership, and academic achievement.
Are both local-service-area AND out-of-service-area students accepted into the Weber Honors College required to live on campus in the Honors Residential College in Zura Hall?
Yes; the Weber Honors College requires first-time freshman Honors College students from BOTH the local-service-area AND the out-of-service-area to live in the Honors Residential College located in Zura Hall. SDSU's service area includes all high schools and community colleges in San Diego County south of State Route 56 and all of Imperial County.
Can students accepted into the Weber Honors College appeal to live off campus?
Requests for exemption from the requirement will be considered. In a few circumstances, exemptions may be granted. The Office of Housing Administration receives and reviews appeals submitted from out-of-service-area students, while Weber Honors College receives and reviews appeals submitted from local-service-area students.
Does the appeals process differ for out-of-service-area Weber Honors College students and local service area Honors Program students?
Yes, slightly. The only difference is where you submit your exemption request. The Office of Housing Administration receives and reviews appeals submitted from out-of-service-area students, while the Weber Honors College receives and reviews appeals submitted from local-service-area students. Read below for the appropriate instructions depending on your service area.
If I am an out-of-service-area student accepted to the Weber Honors College, how do I appeal the live-on requirement?
Because SDSU requires all out-of-service-area students to live on campus, the Office of Housing Administration receives and reviews appeals submitted from out-of-service-area students. All out-of-service-area exemption questions and requests need to be directed to the Housing Office, not the Weber Honors College. Click here for additional information.
If I am a local-service-area student accepted to the Weber Honors College, how do I appeal the live-on requirement?
Any local-service-area student accepted into the Weber Honors College who wishes to appeal should click here to download the exemption form. All local-service-area exemption questions and requests need to be directed to the Weber Honors College, not the Housing Office.
Who is affected by the housing requirement?
Only first-time freshmen enrolled in the Weber Honors College are required to live in the Honors Residential College during their first year at SDSU. Students who apply and are accepted into the Weber Honors College after their freshman year (e.g., continuing SDSU students and transfer students) are not required to live in the Honors Residential College.
What else do I need to know about the live-on requirement?
All first-time freshmen applying to the Weber Honors College (i.e., high school applicants) should indicate on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that they will live on campus, if they are applying for financial aid. Submit your FAFSA by March 1 of your enrollment year.