New housing opportunities for first-year and sophomore students enhance student experience
Starting next fall, the College will begin phasing in intentional clustering of first-year students in residence halls in hopes of strengthening social and intellectual engagement and building class unity.
The College is creating more first-year student housing clusters next fall, while also continuing to feature the multi-year housing that distinguishes the residential housing community.
This enhancement aims to strengthen social and intellectual engagement in the residence halls and enhance class identity and unity. Research suggests that first-year students often benefit from living closer to one another.
Besides grouping more first-year students together in the residence halls next year, the College is also exploring ways for faculty to bring students from different first-year seminars together in the residences to discuss topics of mutual interest.
The changes will take effect starting with the room selection process that begins this spring.
Creating clusters of first-year students will require some extra flexibility in assigning rooms, and the College is offering an incentive for rising sophomores who choose to double up. In a recent survey, many sophomores expressed interest in continuing to live in doubles during their second year on campus. Starting with this year’s room selection process, rising sophomores who choose to live in doubles will earn the opportunity to select housing earlier in the process during their junior or senior year and will be more likely to get a room of their choice.