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Department of Residential Life
University of Missouri
0780 Defoe-Graham Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

Phone: 573-882-7275
Fax: 573-882-3725


Residential Life

students in residence hall

Mizzou's Department of Residential Life promotes student learning and success by designing living environments that motivate and inspire students to devote more time and energy to educationally purposeful activities. We achieve this by promoting and developing cohesive living and Learning Communities which emphasize active student involvement, inclusion, service and appreciation of the diversity of MU. These experiences will occur in a safe and secure environment and through effective delivery of services.

Residential Life deals with more than just where students live; it combines living and learning while creating environments that enhance academic and personal growth of students. Innovative and award-winning programs such as our Learning Communities and Freshman Interest Groups (FIGs) bring students with similar interests together in the same residence halls, classes and specialized programs. Residential Life also is building for the future; the comprehensive Residential Life Master Plan includes new construction and renovation of all residence halls.

Student Affairs in a sentence

  • Mizzou owns and operates 24 residence halls, with 13 new halls built since 2004 and nine halls renovated since 2006. 
  • The Department of Residential Life is committed to building and maintaining residence halls in increasingly sustainable ways. Beginning with Johnston Hall in 2014, all renovated and new halls will be LEED certified.
  • By the fall of 2021, every residence hall on campus will have been renovated or newly constructed.
  • All residence halls offer a living and learning environment through design of the building and programming so every incoming freshman can benefit and succeed by living on campus. All students live in one of more than 40 different thematic or general learning communities and 100-plus different Freshman Interest Groups, in which students with similar interests live, take classes and participate in special programs together.

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Last updated: March 30, 2016