Science House Dinner

College Houses provide students the opportunity to form self-directed and self-governing groups focused on a particular academic focus, theme, or mutual interest. Students establish clear goals for their group and, through a community agreement, plan how to be engaged participants in their community and the campus community.

College Houses provide:

  • a unique living experience that offers independence
  • a strong sense of community
  • an opportunity to learn about and promote a common interest

Civil War Barricade Bash

Goals of College Houses:

  • Unite students around a common interest or discipline
  • Create a community that fosters intellectual and social development
  • Connect faculty and students through formal and informal interactions and gatherings
  • Connect students' in-class learning with their out-of-class experience
  • Enhance the intellectual climate through focused exploration, knowledge exchange, and respectful dialogue


Funk House Pumpkin CarvingThere are two types of College Houses: Spark Houses, which serve as intellectual and social hubs, and Theme Houses, which center around a common interest or cause.  College House Leadership is guided by a collaborative team of students, faculty, and administrators for each community.  The RISE Program and Honors Housing are also components of the College House program.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about College Houses, contact Scott Wojciechowski, Assistant Director of Residential & First-Year Programs.