The University provides a comprehensive range of support services and activities for students. These include academic skills development, counseling, financial aid, placement, housing, health services, student activities, leadership development, and intramural and recreational programs. Student Services promotes personal growth, academic achievement, and cultural diversity. Dedicated staff prepare students to be knowledgeable, responsible citizens who demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning, ethical behavior, personal achievement, and community involvement. There are nearly 130 student organizations - academic, social, recreational, and honorary, including Greek-letter organizations.
The David L. Rice Library offers specialized resources and services to support the research and instructional needs of the students and faculty of the University. In addition to the many materials available within the library, some of the library's Online resources include: full-text article databases, e-books, Online news sources, research guides, and more. Members of the University community may take advantage of the helpful services offered by the Rice Library, including reference assistance, checkout privileges, and instructional services. Visit the library's website for further information.
Housing and Residence Life
The University provides a high-quality, affordable, and safe living environment that is committed to the academic success of the approximately 2,800 students who live on campus. Housing facilities include the Joseph E. O'Daniel Apartments and the Frank F. McDonald Apartments. In the heart of the apartment area is the Residence Life Community Center, which features a large common living room, expanded convenience store with pizza delivery, wireless internet, and a laundry room. In addition, there are apartment buildings designated for freshmen only. Four suite-style residence halls, Newman Hall, Governors Hall, O'Bannon Hall, and Ruston Hall, offer incoming freshmen a more traditional campus living environment. Ruston and O'Bannon Halls house USI's five theme living communities exclusively for first-year students.