St. Kate’s Residence Life team receives national recognition for fostering community on campus

Students playing games in Rauenhorst/Morrison lounge

Photo by Rebecca Slater '10 / By Rebecca Studios.

St. Catherine University was one of three winners of the 2022 Assessment and Impact Award for Housing and Residence Life, from Macmillan Learning company Skyfactor Benchworks. 

Among their national study of college campuses, Macmillan Learning found that St. Kate’s achieves a high-performance rating in the “Satisfaction with Community Environment” category. St. Kate’s high score was determined through analysis of years of ACUHO-I/Benchworks Resident Assessment data, in addition to Macmillan Learning interviews of the St. Kate’s Residence Life team.

 “During the last couple of years, our goal was to educate students about resources, find a friend group with which they could belong, and feel safe where they live,” says Amanda Perrin, director of Residence Life. “We are thrilled about this national-level recognition of our efforts, and excited to continue working with students to make their campus experience as fulfilling as possible.”

Amid the challenges brought to on-campus housing at colleges nationwide, Perrin and the Residence Life team invested considerable time conducting assessments, listening to student feedback, and adjusting programming to accommodate student needs. During Residence Life assessments, students reported that they found St. Kate’s campus life fulfilling for five chief reasons: 

  • Ability to meet people and be part of a community
  • Events and campus involvement
  • Convenience in relation to classes and student support
  • Increased sense of independence
  • Housing costs being bundled into a single bill

Residence Life offers students a variety of community engagement opportunities. Second, third, and fourth-year students acting as Resident Assistants (RAs) host check-ins and activities such as New Friends and Shared Obsessions, where students can come together over shared interests. Residence Life also organizes on-campus events throughout the year, including the student favorite Starry Night Ball.

As students shared, life on-campus at St. Kate’s fosters a supportive community while providing space and resources for students to gain more independence, all while they learn and develop academic and professional skills. “95% are satisfied with their choice to live on campus,” says Perrin, “and you’re 13% more likely to graduate in four years if you live on campus.”