Specialty Community Residences

The specialty community residence program offers a broad range of floors and houses in which students with similar interests live, study, and socialize. It provides unique living environments to students who enjoy sharing intellectual, cultural, and social affinities. Specialty community houses and floors are communities created and continued by students with the support and involvement of faculty and staff. The exploration of academic disciplines and/or special interests is encouraged. Specialty community residences cover a range of interests from language to the arts. Information about each of the many specialty community residences, including their specific entrance requirements, can be found on the residences page.

To apply:

  1. Determine if you meet the criteria of your preferred specialty community residence as stipulated on the residences page.
  2. Complete the Specialty Community Residence Application/Re-Application form (a link to the form is available at the bottom of this page) for each specialty community residence (house and/or floor) that interests you and whose requirements you meet. Some specialty community residences require additional written work; read the requirements and additional requirements carefully.
  3. You will receive a confirmation e-mail when you submit your application. An e-mail indicating approval or denial of your application will be sent to you within two weeks of your application submission. Retain a copy of the e-mail for your records.

Spring 2015 housing:

The deadline for submitting Specialty Community Residence Application / Re-Application forms for use during the Spring 2015 Room Selection Process is Thursday, February 19, 2015.

Students are welcome to submit completed applications past these deadlines; these applications will be reviewed at the discretion of the Residence Life staff and the sponsoring school, college, or department.  Students requesting a summer or fall room change are eligible to complete an application at any time.

Please note: Room change offers and room assignments are made on a space-available basis. Approval for a specialty community residence indicates only that your are eligible to be offered a vacant space (in the case of a student requesting a room change) or assigned to a vacant space (in the case of a student returning from a study abroad or internship program for the Spring semester); it does not guarantee placement in such. Requests for specialty community residences from students with approval will be considered if there is available space.

Click here to complete the Specialty Community Residence Application / Re-Application form.