Living Learning Houses Selection Process

2020-2021 Update

Per the College’s announcement to students and families, and due to space limitations, the residence halls will only house first-year and visiting international students. In an effort to promote social distancing efforts, the residence halls have been de-densified. Each student will have their own private room/bedroom but be charged the double room rate. The living-learning houses will be held offline for quarantine and isolation space. Please note that statements that appear throughout the website regarding the housing requirement or a building’s total occupancy and demographics may not necessarily be accurate this year due to the unprecedented circumstances.

Living-Learning Housing Units (LLHUs) are granted for one academic year. Renewal of past houses is not automatic or guaranteed. The following requirements will be considered when evaluating or renewing proposals for LLHUs:

  • Students must fill the house. A roster of residents committed to the education of the house, responsible student conduct, and the Honor System must be included with the application. The group of students must be committed to living in the house for at least two (preferably three) quarters. For houses wishing to remain the entire academic year, all spaces in the house must be filled for at least two of the three academic quarters. Spaces cannot be held for students who are on long-term study abroad. In order to utilize College facilities and resources fully and offer the programs of the College broadly within the student body, groups are expected to keep their houses at full capacity and to provide quality education to the campus. Where occupancy rates fall, groups and their program will be re-evaluated. Where occupancy rates are a recurring problem, the group tenure and venue may not be renewed.
  • The house must draft and submit a mission statement that is consistent with and supportive of the College and clearly states the purpose and goals of the house. It should also include a statement of how housing on campus is expected to help the group achieve its purpose and carry out its education.
  • The house must present research and an overall educational design. This entails a list of relevant research materials and resources on which the house will be modeled and will guide the house’s programming efforts. Research materials should be presented in an annotated bibliography, citing each source completely with a brief explanation of how it will be used to guide the house mission. The design must also set forth a plan to actively engage students on the campus in the education of the house. The design should include a minimum of one in-house educational program per quarter to be undertaken for the benefit of the residents of the house and a minimum of two educational programs per quarter for the benefit of the larger campus community. A list of programming ideas, with brief summaries of each program, should be attached.
  • If the house has existed previously, prior evaluations of the house will be reviewed and considered. In addition, an evaluation of the house members’ fulfillment of the house mission, personal development, and the overall campus interest in the house mission will be considered.
  • A short presentation by the proposing group before the selection committee is required. The presentation should be no more than 10 minutes long and may be presented in a format of the group’s choosing.

The LLHU Selection Committee, composed of representatives from Residential Life and other campus offices, will evaluate the applications and make decisions based on the overall strength of the proposals. The selection committee will make decisions and placements of the selected houses. Once decisions are made, the Graduate Assistant for the LLHUs will communicate the decisions to all groups who applied.

The Office of Residential Life, in concert with the residents of each house, will evaluate the purpose, mission and education of each house at appropriate intervals.