student life


ORL Mission

It is the mission of ORL to create a residential community that provides all of our students with quality housing and a safe and supportive environment. We emphasize the importance of social responsibility and community building in the context of personal development and through the provision of co-curricular educational opportunities.  At our residence halls, we seek to actualize student potential.

The Office of Residence Life (ORL)

An Overview of the Residential Program at FTC

The Director of Residence Life oversee and administer all housing and residential life operations at FTC.  Live-in Area Directors (ADs) occupy an apartment within each residence hall and manage halls through policy enforcement, crisis management, counseling referral and residential programming. ADs supervise student leaders who serve as Resident Assistants (RAs). RAs assist ADs by providing peer counseling and facilitating social and educational programs. These programs help to foster a sense of community and friendship within each residence hall. Priority housing is given to out-of-state freshman. Graduate student housing is also available, but not guaranteed. Housing is assigned to new students based on space availability. Criteria for housing placements are determined by the Director.
Living together with peers is considered a significant part of the educational and student development experience. All first-year residence hall students are assigned to a double occupancy room.  Single rooms may be granted to students who have at least a sophomore class standing and on a first-come first-served basis.  The Department of Residence Life also offers single rooms to students with special needs providing proper documentation and upon availability.


All rooms are furnished with a bed, dresser, wardrobe or closet, desk and chair for each resident. Common areas within the residence halls are also furnished with a variety of lounge furniture. FTC is unable to provide storage for student belongings over the summer or for students studying abroad during the academic year. The Office of Residence Life can provide information about private storage and moving companies.


Each of the residence halls contains communal social lounges, laundry room facilities, local and long distance phone service (at an additional charge), voice mail, cable television and internet access. Security guards are stationed at the front entrance to the residence halls after 5pm 7 days per week.  In addition, Five Towns College employs a full-time public safety staff for the safety and security of all its students. 


The Upbeat Cafe, FTCs primary food service location, can be found in the main academic building. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 7pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm. Food service is also available in the Downbeat Café (located in the Student Center) every evening 7pm to 11pm.


Our residence halls are located within the heart of Long Island, approximately 45 minutes from Manhattan.  This convenient location enables students to take full advantage of the cultural wealth of New York City. Bus service to local LIRR stations is available Monday thru Friday from 9am to 6pm at the main entrance to the academic building.  In addition, shuttle bus service to the LIRR is available on the weekends for resident students.


The Residence Hall Association (RHA), a volunteer multilateral group, provides students with leadership opportunities to help shape residence hall policy, giving them latitude in designing their communities while also supporting departmental and residential staff initiatives. The ORL Director relies upon the FTC residential staff and the RHA to provide the input for developing innovative programming.


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