First-year students are assigned to a residence hall based on the first-year seminar they are assigned to. The First-Year Program
offers a list of seminars for first-year student to choose from during
the summer prior to matriculation. Most students in an individual
seminar will live in the same residence hall, providing a wonderful
opportunity to connect with other first-year students.
After the first year, students select their residence hall
room assignment during the room selection lottery
held in early spring—a student-designed system based on seniority and
prior housing history. Upperclass students also have the choice to live
in fraternities/sororities, special interest housing (such as Praxis
and the Fred Pfeil Community Project), or rentals in the surrounding
community. All halls are staffed with peer leaders (resident assistants
and, in the first-year halls, with P.R.I.D.E. leaders as well. The
residential staff plays a vital role in community development, assisting
in creating links between students’ social and intellectual lives and
serving as an after-hours resource for all residential students.
Students are encouraged to become involved in floor or hall-wide social,
cultural, and educational events, as well as events planned by the Hall
No matter which environment you choose
to live in, the college experience provides perhaps the greatest
opportunity to live with other people who are from wide-ranging
backgrounds and learn about different cultures and lifestyles.