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Living On Campus


Students assembling outside of Ryle Hall – JBA’s base of operations.

Students live with their preceptors in single-sex wings of a residence hall near the center of the Truman campus. Each housing group has approximately 8-16 students who live near you as well as a housing group leader(s), one of our many capable preceptors.  Your housing group leader(s) will plan activities for your group to enjoy such as trips off campus to local eating establishments or shopping.  They will also hang out with you after curfew and help you get to know each other and feel comfortable here at JBA.  The housing group is an important part of the residential experience, as it provides students with a sense of identity and belonging within the larger JBA community.

Students will be given room assignments when they check in. Most students are assigned to double rooms, and to the extent possible, we may be able to offer a particular housing arrangement, including a roommate request.  We also attempt to assigned roommates of a similar age. Students will share a bathroom with the connecting room. Students are not allowed to visit opposite-sex wings of the residence hall.

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Comments from Recent Academy Graduates: 

  • “I think the best part about living on the campus was the feeling of actually living like a college student.” (Victor, age 15)
  • “The best part of living on a college campus was I got to learn how to be more responsible, and also have my own freedom.” (Kambrie, age 13)

Room Furnishings

The University furnishes most rooms with bunkable/loftable beds, standard twin-sized mattresses (36” x 76”), a dresser or drawers to share between residents, closets or wardrobes, and window mini blinds. All residence hall rooms have a desk with drawer space for each resident. Each room in our residence halls contains one bed per person, which may be bunked. You may want to bring a mattress pad or “eggcrate” foam padding, bed linens, pillow, light blanket and clothes hangers.

Students are allowed to bring a small refrigerator but must limit them to 2’w x 3’h x 2’d in size.  The University does have a limited supply of refrigerators for a rental fee of $55.00 per session. These refrigerators are available on a first come, first served basis and will need to be requested and paid for prior to your arrival at JBA.  Contact the JBA office to request a refrigerator and either pay online or mail us a check.  If you pay by check, make sure to include your student’s name and “fridge” on the memo line.  Students are welcome to bring their own refrigerator at no cost.

Residents using extension cords are strongly encouraged to use grounded 3-prong, 15-amp minimum, extension cords and/or surge protectors. All electronics or appliances must be UL approved and in good, working condition. Please refer to the “Things to Bring” and “Things NOT to Bring” lists when considering what electrical devises to bring.

Things to Bring

  • sheets for a standard size twin bed
  • light blanket and a pillow (a pillow will be provided for those who travel by plane)
  • a variety of clothing for occasions such as outdoor recreation, air-conditioned classes, ceremonies, church services and dances
  • an alarm clock
  • note paper, pencils, and pens
  • shower supplies
  • towels and wash clothes
  • soap and shampoo
  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • hair products and hair dryer
  • swim suit and towel
  • camera
  • umbrella or rain gear
  • recreational items such as frisbees, softball gloves, tennis racquets, cards or board games
  • Students may also bring MP3 players with headphones, iPods, or a radio.

Students should label their personal items.

JBA will be having “Halloween” during both sessions, a day where students will dress up for our academy-wide Halloween party. Activities for the party will include scary stories, face painting/scary makeup, hay rides and a haunted house. Students are encouraged to bring a costume or materials to make a costume (costume-making will be offered as a nightly activity early in the session).

Things NOT to Bring

  • weapons of any kind (including pocket knives and martial arts devices)
  • any flame-producing device (including matches, lighters, and firecrackers)
  • pets of any kind
  • products that damage surface finishes (brand names Slime®, Gack®, etc.)
  • televisions, computer/video games, portable game systems, or DVDs
  • bicycles, skateboards or scooters
  • halogen lamps or hot pots
  • laser pointers
  • Lamps, flashlights, or light bulbs

In addition to the above list, we reserve the right to confiscate for the length of the program any items that, in our judgment, demonstrate the potential for distracting students from the goals of the program, pose undue risk to the safety and well-being of people, or pose undue risk to property.

Keys/Key Deposit

Student rooms are required to be locked at all times.  Students are issued a room key when receiving their room assignment.  This key is the student’s responsibility.  A $40.00 key deposit will be required at check-in to cover lost keys.  When you return your key at the conclusion of the Academy, you may receive a refund of this deposit or you can apply it towards the full purchase of a JBA Poster or Memory Book highlighting all classes and activities at the Academy. If a student loses his/her key, the deposit will be used to order a new key.  If a replacement key is required, the Poster and/or Memory Book will then need to be purchased with cash/check, which can be done at check out.