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Commuters (417 Hall)

Commuter students, also known as “417 Hall,” are a significant and valuable segment of the Evangel community. Special assistance, services, and activities are under the direction of the Commuter Coordinator, Gina Rentschler, and the Commuter Council.


Meet the Commuter Coordinator

The Commuter Coordinator serves as the advisor of the Commuter Council and as a resource for all commuter students.

My calling is to positively influence students through relationship and education.  As an undergraduate, I attended Evangel University as both a resident and commuter student.   My goals lead me to MSU to pursue a MS degree in school Guidance and Counseling, and I served in that role for six years before beginning a career in Student Development at Evangel.  Since stepping into higher education, I’ve provided leadership as an RD, Commuter Coordinator, Dean of Women, Associate Dean of Students and Programming Director.   

  • Office: Student Union, Room 106L
Meet the Commuter Council

Comprised of commuter students and the Commuter Coordinator, who serves as the advisor, your student leaders develop projects and create activities that meet the diverse needs of commuter students.

  • Gina Rentschler, Commuter Coordinator
  • Melody Lee, President
  • Nick Hamp, Student Ministries Representative
  • Michael Millsap, Senator
  • Sage Ballard, Intramural Sports Rep
  • D.D. Saini, Member at Large
Commuter Lounge

The Commuter Lounge is located in The Joust (Student Union – 2nd Floor). This room is reserved for commuters where you are invited to relax, eat, and socialize. The lounge is open from 8:00am – 6:00pm.

Amenities include:

  • comfortable seating
  • television
  • refrigerator
  • microwave
  • coffee bar
  • snacks
  • games/activities
  • Wii game system
Commuter Parking

The commuter parking lots are located behind the Valor Courts. Students may park in faculty/staff spaces after 4:30pm.

Commuter Lockers

Commuter lockers are located behind the Barracks Coffee Shop. They are free to use, but you will be required to buy your own lock. To reserve a locker, please see the Commuter Council President located in the Commuter Lounge.

Commuter Food Service

Commuter students may select one of the commuter block meal plans listed below. Commuters also have the option of purchasing Valor Dollars. Commuters may use meal swipes in Valor Dining Hall or in the Joust. Plan purchases are non-refundable. Block meal swipes expire at the end of the semester they are purchased. Block meals purchased in Fall as part of a second meal plan will roll over into the Spring semester. All block meals will expire at the end of the Spring semester.

45 Meals ($445)

75 Meals ($665)

Valor Dollars

  • Add-On $50 for $55 value
  • Add-On $100 for $110 value
  • Add-On $150 for $165 value

Unused Valor dollars roll over from the fall semester to the spring semester for those with a spring meal plan. Any unused Valor Dollars will expire at the end of the spring semester. All Valor Dollar purchases are tax-free.

Intramural Sports

Commuters are well known for their intramural sports legacy. Co-ed ultimate frisbee and flag football are offered in the fall. In the spring, you can participate in indoor soccer, 5v5 basketball, and/or volleyball. If you would like to join a commuter intramural sports team, contact your Commuter Sports Representative.

Off-Campus Housing Criteria

EU believes students have the best opportunity to flourish by engaging the campus environment as student residents. As a result, it is the goal to have every student reside in the Residence Halls during the duration of their educational experience. EU also recognizes certain situations where students may be provided the option to live off campus and have outlined those eligibility requirements below. 

Eligibility (Must meet at least ONE of the following AND complete Off-Campus Housing Form and parental endorsement (if applicable): 

• Living with a parent, grandparent, or court-approved legal guardian within a 50-mile radius of Evangel 

• Married 

• Enrolled in 11 credit hours or less (PT status through the full semester; includes concurrent courses at another institution) 

• Age 23 or older prior to the official, published semester move-in day 

• Completed eight (8) full-time semesters of course work (not including summer term) 

• Completed a previous baccalaureate degree 

• Fulfilled a minimum of two years active-duty military service 

• Participating in the student teaching semester \

• Upper-level nursing student with classes at Cox School of Nursing 

• Student transferring to Evangel from a local (50-mile radius of EU) college/university who will maintain existing independent living arrangements. 

• Under 23 criteria: Achieved senior status (88+ credits), with a cumulative GPA 3.0 or higher, and age 22 by move-in day at the beginning of the semester. Any disciplinary status higher than Probation Level 1 is cause for denying the off-campus housing request. 

Note: Housing arrangements for unmarried student athletes on scholarship are further subject to guidelines of NAIA, scholarship provisions, and endorsement from the athletic director and respective coach. Some university scholarship recipients require the student to remain in on-campus housing.

Evangel Connect

Stay informed about campus events with Evangel’s student engagement app, EU Connect. The Evangel Connect app is the central location for all of Evangel University’s campus groups, organizations, events, and information. 

Watch for announcements from the 417 Hall group on Connect.

417 Hall Social Media

Follow the 417 Hall Instagram page to stay updated on commuter events and news.