About Commuters

What is a commuter student?

  • A commuter student is defined as a student who does not reside in university housing. Commuter students primarily live at home with their families, or on their own outside of the university.
  • Commuter students often work full or part-time, are parents, grandparents and in many cases financially responsible for their households.
  • Commuter student needs vary significantly than residential students. On top of academics and extracurricular activities, commuter students face the daily challenge of commuting to campus.  According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), over 86% of college and university students nationwide are considered as commuter students.
  • Over 1400 students identify themselves as commuters or reside off-campus, adjacent to the University.
  • According to 2011 Commuter and Off-Campus Experience Survey, affordability, University proximity and family responsibility were the top three reasons respondents commute to campus.