College House Program

College House Program 2016-2017

The College House Program strives to foster intellectual and social communities around common interests. the College House Program does this by extending intellectual conversations outside of the classroom with faculty mentors, developing educationally based programs, and engaging with peers in a co-curricular setting in accordance with their faculty mentors. 

If you are interested in living and participating in a College House, we encourage you to explore the website and contact the current House Leader. If you are a student, faculty, or staff member interested in developing a new College House related to an academic or college life initiative, please contact Julia Collett, Residential Life Coordinator for Residential & First-Year Programs.

College House selection processes are conducted in the spring semester during the months of February and March for the following academic year. College Houses are academically integrated residential options that serve as social and intellectual hubs for students, faculty, and staff. If you have any questions, contact Julia Collett, Residential Life Coordinator.


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College Houses provide a wide range of living options and gives students the opportunity to form self-directed and self-governing groups focused on a particular academic focus. Students establish clear learning outcomes 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 interestCivil 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

There are currently 20 College Houses for the 2016-2017 year. College House Leadership is guided by a collaborative team of students, faculty, and administrators for each community. The RISE Program is a component of the College House program.