College Houses

College House Program

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 or the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs with any questions related to the process of specific houses. The College House selection process is conducted in the spring semester during the months of February and March for the following academic year.

The College House Recruitment Fair is held in mid-February each year. For 2019, the Recruitment Fair will be held on Wednesday, February 20th, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the CUB lobby. Attendance at the Fair is not required, but helpful if students are interested in exploring House options, meeting current House Leaders, and asking any relevant questions.

Students desiring to live in a College House must complete the online College House application, which opens on Monday, February 18, 2019 and closes on Friday, March 1, 2019.

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 Andy Hileman, Assistant Director of Residential & First-Year Programs. This process takes place in the Fall semester for the following academic year.

There are currently 23 College Houses for the 2019-2020 academic 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.

For 2019-2020 we are pleased to announce the addition of one new College House, Japan House!

*College House locations are subject to change at the discretion of the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs.


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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 interest. 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