New Theme House Application Process
The selection process for new theme houses begins with an idea or brainstorm from a group of students. These ideas then take form in a theme house application, a proposal written by group members outlining the goals and direction for the theme house.
Theme house applications are reviewed by the Office of Residence Life and select groups are interviewed by the review committee. Theme house selection is based on the quality and strength of the application, the commitment and organization of the house members, the needs of the college community served by the theme house, and the group interview.
The application is web-based and will be available in December 2013. Please read the information below before beginning your electronic application.
New information for the 2014-2015 school year will be updated in December 2013.
When is the deadline?
The deadline is Monday, February 4 at 12:00 PM. All materials must be submitted by that time in order to be considered.
What are the requirements for application?
Students applying for a theme house must have a minimum 2.33 GPA and be in good standing with the College. Students applying for a theme house are subject to a review of academic and conduct records.
Is there a mimimum number of residents?
Due to the residential spaces available for theme houses, each applying team must have at least five prospective residents.
What will be expected from theme houses?
Attend one-hour House Leader orientation session during week of April 22
Plan and execute three programs each semester
- At least one must be hosted in the group's residential space
- One must be a partner program with an established theme house
Create one bulletin board in a first-year residence hall
Meet with House Mentor two times each semester
What should I prepare before starting my application?
- Decide on a name and mission for your house
- Determine your house leader(s) (House Leaders serve as the main contacts and coordinators for the group)
- Talk to a faculty member or administrator and ask them to serve as a House Mentor
- Assemble your roster of housemates, be sure to have their seven-digit Gettysburg ID numbers
- Instruct all applicants to send the reference form link to their RA/CA/CL
- Prepare 5-7 sentence responses to the following prompts:
- Why is your group interested in Theme Housing?
- What is the statement of purpose of your theme house?
- What are the goals and objectives of your theme house?
- How will living in a theme house enable your group to achieve its purpose, goals, and objectives?
- With what campus and/or community resources will your theme house partner? How will Gettysburg College and the local community benefit if your group is selected?
- Outline programming ideas for your first semester as a theme house; include as many details as possible.
- List any special needs regarding potential housing assignment like accommodations for mobility, health, or dietary needs.
What is the selection timeline?
Online Application Deadline: Monday, February 4 by 12:00 PM
Selected Applicants Invited to Interviews: Monday, February 11
Interview Scheduling: Monday, February 11 - Wednesday, February 13
Interviews: Monday, February 18 and Wednesday, February 20
Theme House Placement Announced: Monday, February 25
Rosters and Contracts Due to Residence Life: Monday, March 4
Placement of theme housing is concluded prior to spring break, so if you are not selected to participate in theme housing, you will receive a lottery number for online housing selection beginning in March.
What is expected in the interview portion of the process?
After reviewing the applications, Residence Life will invite select groups to participate in a group interview/presentation.
Groups will be asked to prepare a 15-20 minute presentation that addresses the application questions (see above) and makes a convincing case for this group to become a theme house.
The House Leader(s), House Mentor, and two-thirds of the group must be present.
Specific attention will be given to the group's clarity of purpose, programming plan details, and intended connection to the Gettysburg campus community.
Where should I direct questions?
Please send questions regarding theme housing to Scott Wojciechowski, Residential Life Coordinator for Sophomore Resources and College Houses.
Application Links (Currently Disabled)
(send to prospective House Mentor)
(send to each applicant's student staff member (RA/CA/CL))
All components are due Monday, February 4 by 12:00 p.m.